Weaver of Darkness is a very strange novel that takes several different concepts and tries to merge them together with mixed results. The prologue is what really got me. On one hand there was the feeling of terror that was given out as this horrible thing was happening, but the inclusion of the Raggedy Ann doll as the “evil” figure was too much for me. It made me smile and laugh despite the author’s best efforts to create a frightening scene.
Sadly, after that inauspicious beginning, the novel failed to deliver in many key ways. The author attempted to include several pertinent information into the middle of a scene, creating a jarring effect. Liss, the main character and her friends are basically well-rounded, but at times the author has a tendency to fall into a cliché of high school students. Certain concepts seem to be juvenile, such as calling Liss and her friends “members of the Secret Circle”. Those things did not endear me to the work.
However, the overall plotline is well put together and the story moves along rather well, despite often over-emotional scenes that leave the reader confused or dismissive. The bare bones of a good story are there, I just believe that the author needs to work on the details that makes a novel really shine.