The Braided Path

The Braided Path

by Chris Wooding

An omnibus volume of the acclaimed oriental fantasy from one of the genre's most exciting young talentsThe story of an exotic oriental world.

Their motives twisted by the Witchstones they draw their power from.As the empire crumbles the disowned abbearant daughter of the empire and a few scattered rebels must find out the secret of the true nature of the witchstones and rescue the empire from depravity and the rule of demons.Chris Wooding has an unrivalled flair for Machiavellian plotting, explosive description and memorable young characters.

  • Series: Braided Path
  • Language: English
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Rating: 4.02
  • Pages: 992
  • Publish Date: October 18th 2011 by Gollancz
  • Isbn10: 0575078812
  • Isbn13: 9780575078819

What People Think about "The Braided Path"

One of my favourite characters is Tsata, and I think the Tkiurathi idea of pash is an interesting one - putting the good of the group above their own individual welfare, an interesting concept which is very deeply ingrained in them and the implications of which are explored wonderfully. There was a very definite ending to this trilogy, but I think Wooding has also left it very open for future stories in this land, which I think could be interesting, following the surviving characters in the aftermath, see how much things have changed them and how they cope in the world they have made. There are definite portents of possible things to come and I'm intrigued as to how characters would deal with and face these.

Nice Writing- A lot of people can complain that its a bit too wordy, but being one like to become rapturous when confronted by a rich vocabulary, I guess I can work with that. Cons Characterization- I feel like even though there were a lot of different characters that couldve been loads of fun but Ill be blunt. Really, I hardly wanna dignify Mishani, Anais, or Asara with the term bitch because they just didnt feel like people to me.

Taking refuge in the wilderness, Kaiku learns that she also harbours the powers that mark her as an Aberrant, but as she travels through Saramyr, trying to find the secret her father unearthed that got him and his family killed, she gradually learns that the Aberrants are not the wanton forces for evil the Weavers have presented them as, and that the Empire is facing many threats to its existence from within and without. The Braided Path Trilogy was originally published between 2003 and 2005, consisting of the novels The Weavers of Saramyr, The Skein of Lament and The Ascendancy Veil. In fact, alongside The First Law Trilogy, The Ten Thousand and The Lies of Locke Lamora, The Braided Path is probably the most outright enjoyable work of epic fantasy I've read in the last few years. The Braided Path (****), in its omnibus format, is an excellent work of epic fantasy fiction and I heartily recommend it.

I want a prequel trilogy. I want a follow-up trilogy.

As I needed something fast paced with a lot of plot, "The Braided Path" really was what I was looking for. This is all explained in one sub-clause and the origin of these Secret Vagina Powers don't get any further notice, nor is the fact that women are Closer to Nature. Had it not been for the Magic Vagina Powers, this series had scored far higher, especially since it has a lot of female protagonists in various types of roles.

These guys despite needing better etiquette & hygeine are a nasty boys only priest cult with mental powers and sickening perverse behavior who put the Abberants down. In this world it just is acceptable to have these grotesque priests convinces the world that those like them should be put down until the Empress's daughter is discovered Abberant.

I love Wooding's Ketty Jay novels, and had heard good things about this trilogy, so I read it with high hopes. Wooding is too good a writer to have done this accidentally, but the books do illustrate why writing guides invariably advise against this: as well as being jarring and confusing to read, it prevents the reader from fully engaging with the character if you know you can be hoiked out of their head and into another's without any notice.

The book also has characters that are described as having black hair or darker skin, so it may be this was intended to be a multi-racial world, but I side-eye pretty hard at any author who decides Asia would be a great setting except for all the Asian people. The author's choice of putting blond characters into a world obviously inspired by Asian cultures bothered me, but I did enjoy the story, and the world may have been intended to be multi-racial.

Now thirty-nine, Chris has written over twenty books, which have been translated into twenty languages, won various awards and been published around the world. Chris lives in London.