Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1) by Rowenna Miller

Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1)

TORN is the first book in an enchanting debut fantasy series featuring a seamstress who stitches magic into clothing, and the mounting political uprising that forces her to choose between her family and her ambitions, for fans of The Queen of the Tearling.Sophie is a dressmaker who has managed to open her own shop and lift herself and her brother, Kristos, out of poverty. Her reputation for beautiful ball gowns and discreetly-embroidered charms f...


Details Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1)

TitleTorn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1)
ISBN9780316478625
Author
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherOrbit
GenreFantasy, Romance
Rating

Reviews Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1)

  • Esmerelda Weatherwax
    2018-03-05
    I received a free copy of this through Orbit/Net Galley - thanks!!!This book immediately caught my attention because I love to knit, cross stitch and sew - the magic system in this book works through sewing! Yes please, I've never seen this done before. I had high hopes, and although the Victorian setting with a romance is NOT usually my thing, I still really enjoyed myself, and not just because of the magic system.------------Plot:Sophie's paren...
  • The Captain
    2018-03-20
    Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .Upon reading the synopsis, I thought this novel would float me boat. But I just could not finish it and had to abandon ship at 80%. Why ye ask? Well for a myriad of reasons:- Sophie – She is the main character and at first I really liked her. She was hard-working, dedicated, driven, intelligent, and fun. But basi...
  • Staci Campbell
    2018-03-09
    Torn by Rowenna Miller4/5  I was given this title on behalf of NetGalley and the Publisher, Orbit Books - Orbit, in return for my Honest review. Thank you. This was a really enjoyable read. I wasn't sure at first, and it did start slow, with a lot of detail. However it picked up quickly, and it did not disappoint! The editing was great, it was an arc, and had very problems. It was fluid and made sense the entire time. The plot was really inte...
  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
    2018-03-14
    This review may also be found at Books, Vertigo and Tea.TORN had already landed on my radar when I received word that a copy would be arriving. And it was not long into the book that it solidified its spot among many other anticipated releases and immediately took precedence over my current reads.This is the story Sophie, and young seamstress who has the ability to cast charms into stitches and has succeeded in opening and establishing a successf...
  • Kathy
    2018-03-15
    6.5/10 - Reviews at Pages Below the Vaulted SkyThis was a bit of a disappointment. While I liked the first 1/4, the rest of the book didn't quite match up with the expectations I had going in.Torn tells the story of a dressmaker named Sophie who has the ability to add charms (things like luck, protection, love) to the clothing she makes. She lives with her brother Kristos in Galitha City during a time of rising discontent within the working class...
  • Katie
    2018-03-19
    3.5 starsI'm very glad I didn't see the "for fans of The Queen of the Tearling" line in the blurb, because if I had, I'd never have read Torn. I am pleased to say, however, that even if you hated Tearling (like I did), you can still really enjoy Rowenna Miller's debut (also like I did)!Torn has a very historical fantasy feel to it, which I happened to love. The worldbuilding was strong for me, and I definitely got a strong feel of the politics, c...
  • Hana
    2018-03-17
    Mini Review is up on my blog!-----ughhhh, I haven't read a series in so long and maybe this is why. I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK! And then in the end: TO BE CONTINUED IN APRIL 2019. NOOOoooo, whyy. The romance arc, tell me mooore.Ok Ok. So. Sophie is a seamstress who can sew charms into clothing, and because she is SO adept at this, she runs her own shop. She has lovely assistants, and loves what she does. She sews charmed clothes for common pe...
  • Sionna
    2018-03-20
    *I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*DNF @ 24%I was so excited for this one. Magic, political intrigue, rebellion/revolution... I was so ready, but this book just didn't hit me right. It was a bit slow for my preferences. I tend to like a faster pace, so this is something some people won't mind. Definitely a slow build. By 24% the potential romance is hinted at (this is kinda liked--it isn't over the top, subtl...
  • Cass
    2018-03-25
    What a delightful book!There was just so much in here that brought me joy. I devoured this book in a single day. So how to tell you about TORN? Well... imagine if, in revolutionary France, Danton had a seamstress sister who could work magic. TORN is a fantasy novel that centers socioeconomic conflict as its motivating force. Sophie is a charming and understandable character, a woman who has used talent and cleverness to claw her way out of povert...
  • Jenia
    2018-03-21
    This is a book I was very excited about, as it features two things I'm very into: textile arts (in this case, sewing) and PLANS TO OVERTHROW THE MONARCHY #TIME4THEPITCHFORKS.It's set in Galitha City, the capital of an 18th century-like country, and follows Sophie, a dressmaker with a magical talent for sewing good luck charms into clothing. She and her brother, Kristos, had struggled to scrape by when they were young, but now her little dressmak...
  • Janet Slipak
    2018-03-18
    TORN is the first book in an enchanting debut fantasy series featuring a seamstress who stitches magic into clothing, and the mounting political uprising that forces her to choose between her family and her ambitions, for fans of The Queen of the Tearling.Sophie is a dressmaker who has managed to open her own shop and lift herself and her brother, Kristos, out of poverty. Her reputation for beautiful ball gowns and discreetly-embroidered charms f...
  • Rebecca
    2018-03-12
    Who knew that a book about a seamstress could be positively enchanting! Well, when you add a little bit of magic, a brewing revolution, and a handsome, noble love interest you’ve got yourself a blueprint for success. We’ve all read books featuring magical cloaks, shoes, and other vestments, but so rarely do we actually read about the person who creates these delightful (or possibly nefarious) pieces. Torn gives us exactly that and I loved eve...
  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    2018-03-29
    Torn is definitely a slow burn of a book but the pay off is absolutely worth sticking around for. Miller creates an intricate, nuanced fantasy world with realistic characters. Plus, the magic system is entirely unique. For those of you who want a fast-paced, action-oriented story about a revolution, this is not the book for you. However, if you would prefer a book that examines the reasons behind a revolution, pick this one up.Sophie, a talented ...
  • Lark
    2018-04-09
    Picked up this book from a list that told me if I liked Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic (specifically Sandry with her stitch witch talents), I should read this book. A seamstress that can backstitch charms into her clothes, a politically torn city, nobles and strife, romance, and just our main character caught in the middle. What's not to like?So for the first half of the book, I really enjoyed pretty much everything (the setting, the characters,...
  • Rachel
    2018-03-28
    Original review posted on my blog From Ink to Paper I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I thought Torn was a fun book to read and felt that the story although not completely unique (there have been quite a few of the poor oppressed people trying to take over the wealthy out lately, however I still love to read them) it had unique parts to it. Never have I read a book where the power that someone has is t...
  • Zoe
    2018-03-23
    I wanted to love this book more than I did. The worldbuilding is great, the political concepts hold promise, and the prose is smooth. Torn is an engaging, quick read, sure to delight most fans of romance-tinged historical fantasy. Unfortunately, the weak characters prevented me from loving this novel.Let's start out with the main character. Sophie is a twenty-something year old dressmaker, a rare female in charge of her own business, who can in...
  • Summer Fazzone
    2018-03-25
    ***Review***—————Title: Torn by Rowenna MillerPublisher: Orbit BooksGenre: Sci-fi, FantasyRelease Date: March 20, 2018My Rating: 4/5⭐—————Synopsis: “Torn is the first book in an enchanting debut fantasy series featuring a seamstress who stitched magic into clothing, and the mounting political uprising that forces her to choose between her family and her ambitions, for fans of The Queen of Tearling.”—————I recen...
  • Dead Gravity
    2018-04-09
    Entertaining but a bit lacking in the character development department. I'm a bit indifferent about this book. It didn't stir any particular emotion. It was interesting enough for me to read it without being bored but not so much so that I felt connected to the main character and her situation.Pros:- Yesssssss, a main character who isn't an idiot. I liked that Sophie was a business owner who thought things thoroughly. - Charm casting! The magic s...
  • Alex Can Read
    2018-03-27
    I received an eARC from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review first appeared on my blog at https://alexcanread.wordpress.com/201...From the earliest pages of the book, Torn is clearly about being in the middle of something bigger than yourself. Sophie, the main character is stuck between two sides of a revolution, two races, two sides of society and propriety. She desperately wants to stay neutral and it quickl...
  • Taleisin (Tales of a Bookwyrm)
    2018-03-20
    When I first started reading this book I thought it was another epic fantasy story wherein the heroic working poor rise up against the oppressive nobility. The classic freedom fight. A story I have read a number of times, yet the magic system sounded cool so I thought to give it a try. I'm SO glad I did.Yes, it is indeed the story of the poor working class rising up against the oppressive nobility. However, Miller approaches this classic story ar...
  • Amy A
    2018-03-16
    Originally posted on Vampire Book ClubSophie Balstrade has used her talent as a seamstress to support herself and her brother, Kristos, and she’s managed to open her own shop even as others around her struggle to find work. Sophie’s designs have gained much attention, but it’s her talent for sewing charms into her garments that has really set her apart from other seamstresses. Sophie is proud of what she’s accomplished, but her brother Kr...
  • Jacqueline Baxter
    2018-03-16
    I received a free ARC from Orbit and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. WOW what a great ride. This book is tightly written, beautifully constructed and populated with characters who seem distinctly real in their actions and their choices. I understood and sympathized with most of them - even when they stood on opposite sides of the central conflict, and that's really something in a novel. The premise of the book is delightful: our main ...
  • Maria Anneliese
    2018-03-31
    Many thanks to Netgalley for the advance copy.3.5 stars. This is a charming book with a great premise, but a few metrics shy of being awesome. It's a fantasy inspired by the French Revolution (i.e. basically written for me) and I loved the political elements and worldbuilding. The clash of ideas, morals, and philosophies made for some great exchanges and characterization and was well-executed.However, I had some trouble getting through the first ...
  • Marissa
    2018-03-21
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Torn is the first story in The Unraveled Kingdom young adult, fantasy series which features a unique take on magic. Readers are introduced to Sophie, a young dressmaker who has a special gift for casting charms through her delicate needlework. I was drawn to this book because cross stitching is one of my hobbies. The book is aptly named as Sophie ...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    2018-03-11
    Sophie has risen from nothing into a bustling businesswoman with a niche market—fine garments for wealthy merchants and noblewomen imbued with the good luck charms of her Pellian ancestors. But while Sophie mingles with the upper class, her brother becomes involved in a call for proletarian reforms against the stifling nobility.What a beautiful and well-thought out book about difficult choices and truth! In addition to all of the amazing charac...
  • Meredith
    2018-04-11
    I received this book as a giveaway from Orbit through Goodreads....Summary...Sophie and her brother Kristos are the children of immigrants. And while Sophie has been a seamstress who offers charms for protection, luck, etc sewn into your clothes and knows more about her current country than her parents'... Kristos is a day laborer who realizes the status quo of nobility vs commoners vs immigrants has some serious flaws.Thanks to her skill with a ...
  • Sherise Bowen
    2018-03-16
    DEVOURED this book. I was first drawn to it by the way it looked – the spine looks a lot like another book I love (Uprooted by Naomi Novik). Parchment background, old medieval-ish font (and the titles sounded kind of complementary too). I was disappointed in my hope of an Uprooted sequel, but blown away by everything else. Things l liked:- The magic – the concept of casting spells through sewing was cool!- The characters – well layered and ...
  • Hesione
    2018-03-21
    This book explained classical liberalism and classical conservatism to me as well as my political science textbook did. Also hell yeah women's work. AAND the gender disparities in the French Revolution. And even de-facto segregation and minority motivations and UGH every aspect that I can currently think of. My favorite magic is probably magic tied to "women's work" just slay me now mrs. miller (or ms.?). If you liked this book you should read Mu...
  • MessohReads
    2018-03-02
    I received a free copy of this for review from NetGalley ** First I want to say the premise of this book is amazing. The whole idea of weaving charms into clothing is what made me request this book and I had really high hopes for it. And while I did enjoy myself reading it, it kind of fell flat for me and I found myself skimming over a lot of what happened. For instance, the love interest, I didn't care for. I know it's going to play a much bigge...