The Weaver

Emmi Itäranta. Harper Voyager, $14.99 trade paper (304p) ISBN 978-0-06-232617-1
Celebrated Finnish writer Itäranta’s second novel (following Memory of Water) is a finely crafted fantasy tale that seamlessly blends a coming-of-age story with high-stakes intrigue and danger. Eliana is a young woman who lives cloistered away in her island community’s House of Webs, where all orders pass through the head Weaver and the oligarchical Council. When Eliana comes across a wounded woman who has secrets and knows her name, they must work together to unravel the island’s history of political corruption and discrimination. Itäranta’s prose is luminous and filled with rich detail. The setting is inventive, yet one might imagine that it could have existed in our own world. Eliana has her own struggles with being an outsider, marked as undesirable by the rest of society; she is multifaceted and a sympathetic protagonist. Itäranta writes engagingly, displaying her setting and atypical characters in full color. Both seasoned readers of fantasy and newcomers to the genre will savor Itäranta’s captivating fiction. Agent: Elina Ahlback, Elina Ahlback Literary. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/18/2016
Release date: 11/01/2016
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