Weaver’s Lament by Emma Newman – Review

Published: October 17, 2017

Publisher: Tor.com

Genre: Fantasy

Series: Industrial Magic #2

Pages: 192 (Paperback)

My Rating: 4.0/5.0

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Charlotte is learning to control her emerging magical prowess under the secret tutelage of Magus Hopkins. Her first covert mission takes her to a textile mill where the disgruntled workers are apparently in revolt.

But it isn’t the workers causing the trouble. The real culprits are far more extranormal in nature.

And they have a grudge to settle.

Emma Newman’s Industrial Magic series are excellent novellas that I would absolutely recommend if you’re looking for a quick fantasy read. They’re pretty detailed to be such short little books and it’s easy to zip right through them, though both Weaver’s Lament and Brother’s Ruin have left me wanting more.

The plot of Weaver’s Lament was very interesting – Charlotte has gone to visit her brother, now a successful mage’s apprentice and textile mill supervisor. He’s got a bit of a problem, as the mills are being sabotaged and he’s got to solve the problem before his competitor does. He has this bright idea that Charlotte can go undercover and work in the mill and discover who’s responsible for the sabotage. That in and of itself is a terrible idea – she’s obviously out of place among the other workers, but they take her in anyway and tell her all sorts of things with minimal suspicion. Hmm. She’s subjected to unforgiving labor, poor treatment, and dangerous machinery that may or may not be haunted.

Overall, this was an entertaining, quick read that progressed the plot arc in subtle ways. I was somewhat disappointed that Charlotte’s magical education was somewhat minimal in this book, but I think it would have felt rushed if it were included. This book felt like a bridge between book 1 and whatever book 3 will be about. I’ll definitely keep up with these novellas as they are some of the best I’ve read.

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