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Author: Emmi Itaranta
But the web of protection Eliana has woven around herself begins to unravel when a young girl is found lying unconscious in a pool of blood on the stones outside the house. Robbed of speech by her attackers, the only clue to her identity is one word tattooed in invisible ink across her palm: Eliana. Why does this mysterious girl bear her name? What links her to the weaver—and could she hold Eliana’s fate in her hand?
As Eliana finds herself growing closer to this injured girl she is bound to in ways she doesn’t understand, the enchanting lies of the island begin to crumble, revealing a deep and ancient corruption. Joining a band of brave rebels determined to expose the island’s dark secrets, Eliana becomes a target of ruthless forces determined to destroy her. To save herself and those she loves, she must call on the power within her she thought was her greatest weakness: her dreams.
Welcome to a world where dreaming is dangerous and those caught dreaming are referred to as the Tainted. In this world, our main character Eliana, a model citizen of the Island is a Weaver in the House of Webs carrying a grave secret; she is a Dreamer. Always having been obedient, she will have to break to rules to find out the truth about the Dreamers. Why are they really feared?I was entranced by this story. The author’s writing is lyrical, haunting and poignant. The world she has woven is quirky and strange with a magical element within this dystopian-like society.The main character, Eliana, is the narrator and her voice is the driving force behind this story. We experience this world through her and this is somewhat restrictive since we only know as much as she knows, and as she didn’t question matters much before, she doesn’t seem to know much exceeding what she’s been told.I like the idea of this House of Webs with its woven walls. I can’t say that I’ve ever read about anything like that so that was unique. I did find it difficult to visualise though because the details that Eliana knew, weren’t enough to create a strong picture in my mind so I ended up with a vague idea of what it must look like.There are so many interesting elements to this world though; the Gondola system of transport, the water which floods the Island regularly, the tattoo system, the fear of dreamers, the different Houses all added to the uniqueness of this book.I found The Weaver to be a thrilling, wholly immersive, haunting tale and one unlike any I’ve read before. It was so refreshingly different which only added to its appeal. I highly recommend it.
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