Book Review

Torn – Rowenna Miller



Book Title: Torn

Series: The Unraveled Kingdom (#1)

Author: Rowenna Miller

Goodreads Link: Click here

Release Date:  3/20/18

Star Rating:  gold starempty starempty starempty starempty star –  DNF


Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It’s not often I feel the need to DNF a book.  I always feel bad when it happens.  This book was just not for me.  I was excited by the idea.

TORN is the first book in an enchanting debut fantasy series featuring a seamstress who stitches magic into clothing, and the mounting political uprising that forces her to choose between her family and her ambitions, for fans of The Queen of the Tearling.

Sign me up! A young, entrepreneurial woman who is able to sew charms into the clothes that she makes.  I love that idea.  I like to sew myself as a matter of fact, and my Christmas presents for friends always include a couple of homemade items. I wanted to see some magic. I wanted descriptions of lovely clothing interlaced with spells and artistry.  That was my expectation.  However, that is not what this book is about and that may be why I did not respond well to it.

There was no magic, at least not enough in the part I read.  There was no artistry, at least not in the clothing as described. Torn lacked charm.  Too much politics and not enough enchantment. It featured quite a few scenes of students fomenting rebellion in dark cafe corners than there was magic sewing needles. How shall I put it … if your favorite scene in Les Miserables was Red and Black, then this book might be for you, but I was promised A Heart Full of Love dammit!  Who is to blame for that?  The cover blurb writer?  Maybe.

The book was not badly written, but it felt like a slog and I could not push myself to finish.  Maybe you will like it better. Now excuse me, it’s time for a YouTube Les Miserables spiral.

Song for this book: Red and Black from Les Miserables



7 thoughts on “Torn – Rowenna Miller

  1. Oof, thank god I’m not the only one who didn’t like this book. I was considering DNFing it 50% in, but felt guilty and slogged through the whole thing. I’m sad to say it doesn’t get better. The whole time I was thinking “Sophie’s brother has the more interesting plotline and he’s the one who gets KIDNAPPED halfway through.”

  2. I haven’t heard of this book, but I’m glad you wrote a DNF review. I don’t see nearly enough of these on the blogs. Thank you for helping me avoid a potential dud!

    PS: I love the comparison to Les Miserables!

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