Broken Web by Lori M. Lee

Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Broken Web

Author: Lori M. Lee

Book Series: Shamanborn Book 2

Diversity: Asian inspired epic fantasy and characters

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: Young adult readers, fantasy, epic fantasy, Asian inspired

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: June 15, 2021

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Pages: 374

Recommended Age: 14+ (1
Violence, Death, Gore, Mass Genocide)

Explanation of CWs: Lots of fighting and gore. The book also has a lot of death, especially since it’s a pivotal plot point of the book. There is also a mass genocide mentioned throughout the book about a certain group of people.

Synopsis: The Soulless has woken from his centuries-long imprisonment. Now, he lurks in the Dead Wood recovering his strength, while Sirscha and her allies journey east to the shaman empire of Nuvalyn. Everyone believes she is a soulguide—a savior—but Sirscha knows the truth. She’s a monster, a soulrender like the Soulless, and if anyone discovers the truth, she’ll be executed.

But there’s nothing Sirscha won’t risk to stop the shaman responsible for the rot that’s killing her best friend. While the Soulless is formidable, like all shamans, his magic must be channeled through a familiar. If Sirscha can discover what—or who—that is, she might be able to cut him off from his power.

With Queen Meilyr bent on destroying the magical kingdoms, Sirscha finds herself caught between a war brewing in the east and the Soulless waiting in the west. She should be trying to unite what peoples she can to face their common enemies, but instead, her hunt for clues about the Soulless leads to a grim discovery, forcing Sirscha to question who her enemies really are.

Review: For the most part this was a very enjoyable sequel to Forest of Souls and I can’t wait for the third book. I loved the world building and the character development. The characters were also well written, each sounding different and distinct. I also loved the writing and if you’re looking for an epic YA fantasy series, this is it!

The issues I had with this book is that the book immediately jumps into the story, straight from book 1. Normally, this would be awesome if you were reading them back to back, but it was a bit confusing for me until I started remembering everything. I also felt like the pacing was wonky, it was fast and slow, and I felt like the battle scenes were a little confusing.

Verdict: Highly recommend!