Weaver's Lament

Emma Newman
Weaver's Lament
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Release Date
October 2017
Book 2 of Industrial Magic

Genre: Gaslight Fantasy

Charlotte's magical adventures continue in Weaver's Lament, the sequel to Emma Newman's Brother's Ruin.

Charlotte is learning to control her emerging magical powers under the secret tutelage of Magus Hopkins.

Her first covert mission takes her to a textile mill where the disgruntled workers are apparently destroying expensive equipment.

And if she can't identify the culprits before it's too late, her brother will be exiled, and her family dishonoured…

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Sep 23, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
66 people found the following review helpful
WEAVER'S LAMENT is a suspenseful novella in the Industrial Magic series, the second book after Brother's Ruin. Emma Newman packs so much in a short book that it's hard to be disappointed that it's, well, short.

Charlotte didn't want to enter the Royal Society (it's a requirement if you show magic talent, as Charlotte has, but she wants to get married, and magi cannot marry), and so, she was being secretly tutored by Magus Hopkins to prevent her from turning wild. Then, she received a letter from her brother asking for her aid, because there's some trouble at the mill where he was assigned/apprenticed (he recently entered the Society.) Meanwhile, there's some over arching series arc as to a sinister plot/goings-on by Magus Ledbetter, Charlotte's brother's master, which Hopkins is determined to expose, with Charlotte's help...

First, the story's so short! That's my number one "complaint". Second, I would've wanted to see how Hopkins is teaching Charlotte, and what their sessions would be like. Third, we see again Charlotte being aware of Hopkins (and maybe Hopkins reciprocating?), yet she's still determined to marry George (her fiance). Well, it's no secret I'm shipping Hopkins and Charlotte. Fourth, toward the end, we were told Charlotte and Hopkins conversed on all manner of topics--couldn't we have eavesdropped on some of those?

Aside from the above "complaints", the story couldn't be better with mystery and intrigue, and oh, is Charlotte turning wild, despite all that Hopkins is doing for her? When faced with a choice, would her brother choose the Royal Society and turn on her? Emma Newman raises these questions and more in this novella, and she only makes me want to get my hands on the installment soon. I hope it'll be longer and address all my "complaints". LOL
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