Parents' Guide to

This Woven Kingdom

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Absorbing, beautifully told star-crossed lover fantasy tale.

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Excellently written book, with a strong female lead. I loved this book and look forward to the release of the entire series. Inside is a well thought out world with vivid descriptions, alongside a beautiful cover and nice details of flowers at the start of each chapter page.
age 12+

Great story, good writing

I liked the story and found it very readable, although it's not quite as quirky as Mafi's Which wood. Alizeh is a strong female character. For my kids, I would recommend this for 12+. There is some gore, fighting and violence, but my kids manage that fine. There are echoes of Cinderella themes. I can't wait for the sequel.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

On the scale of just how star-crossed star-crossed lovers can be, the royal pair in this twisty ride of a magical fantasy are a perfectly doomed perfect 10. First off, Kamran's grandad, King Zaal, has been trying to find and kill Alizeh, the secret Jinn queen, for half of her life -- the little matter of a prophesy claiming that she will be the cause of his death. Second, Prince Kamran is charged with producing an heir and was brought home from the army to marry, stat. And then there's the matter of Alizeh's Jinn powers. She's got super strength, invisibility, and other cool tricks readers learn about as the story goes on -- no wonder the nonmagical royals are so jealous they jail anyone for showing off. When Kamran sees Alizeh, disguised in her usual maid attire, dispatch a threatening street urchin, he's sure both that he's smitten and that she's a spy. This conflict drives the pair together in a such a beautifully orchestrated scene that you can imagine romance fans the world over crafting their fan mail before they've even finished the book.

This Woven Kingdom is nearly a perfect fantasy tapestry until the climactic action. Plots weave together, but not cleanly enough to follow the pattern sometimes. It's clear Alizeh is supposed to attend the ball, but it seems more like a vehicle to meeting Kamran again than a real escape plan, and as her plan unravels, it feels far too rushed. Still, there's quite the payoff at the end, with such a stellar cliffhanger for Book 2 that readers will be dying to dish out the spoilers.

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