Woven is the story of Nels, who has been desperate to be a knight for the kingdom of Avërand since he was young. However, despite his height and strength, he’s ignored by the knighthood. Instead, Nels goes around helping his village, until he is murdered. Nels awakes as a ghost, only able to be seen by spoiled princess Tyra. The two must work together to find out who killed Nels, and how it all relates to an ancient needle with the ability to mend and weave the world.
Woven is a classic young adult fantasy, and reminds me of many fairy tales I have read before. The world was fresh, and the magic was fun. However, Tyra was annoying throughout most of the book, and didn’t grow into someone quite as interesting as Nels. Woven also lags in the middle, without quite as many exciting parts. Despite these flaws, Woven is an enjoyable young adult fantasy novel.