Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1) by Rowenna Miller

Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1)

A seamstress who stitches magic into clothing finds herself torn between loyalty to her brother and her secret love for a nobleman in this debut fantasy inspired by the French Revolution. In a time of revolution, everyone must take a side.Sophie, a dressmaker and charm caster, has lifted her family out of poverty with a hard-won reputation for beautiful ball gowns and discreetly embroidered spells. A commission from the royal family could secure ...

Details Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1)

TitleTorn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1)
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Romance, Fiction, Young Adult, Magic

Reviews Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1)

  • Esmerelda Weatherwax
    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
    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...
  • Lisa
    Review from Tenacious Reader: by Rowenna Miller was just a joy to read. I loved the concept of integrating magic with sewing and quickly found myself swept away into the world and character of Sophie. She is innovative, independent and loyal, though her loyalties wind up rather divided, putting her in a hard position.This is set very much in a have/have-nots world with the elite upper class, and the lo...
  • Staci Campbell
    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...
  • Danielle N
    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...
  • Maddie
    Thoroughly enjoyed this. Politics and scandals and revolutions and dress making and magic and forbidden love. Omg so many good things. Especially loved that this was a fantasy novel with a 25 year d heroine who works her ass off for her business.
  • Kristen
    Full review is here, on my blog!~This one gained my attention back when it first came out because it involves a magic system that involves sewing. I got the audiobook with the entire idea that I would do some cross stitching while listening to it, but it didn’t end up working out like that. Oh well! :DThis is the story of Sophie, who is a seamstress in the city of Galitha. Her and her brother Kristos are common folk in the city ruled by the nob...
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    3.5/ the first half was like 2-stars but the second half was like 4-stars. I DETEST how much of a pushover the main character is. Her brother's a piece of garbage and she just lets him abuse her! She finally grew a bit of a backbone but the author didn't ever redeem him well enough. He's just trash. I liked the politics and the romance and the magic though!
  • Jo
    I was immediately drawn to this book by its synopsis- seamstress who stitches magic into clothing?? That's a new one! The book was a lot more political that I expected - I guess I was just anticipating a lighthearted fantasy romance. Not to say that this is a negative point- just not what I was personally looking for. The story seemed to drag, and the love between Sophie and Theodor was unconvincing to me. I feel as if a lot more could have been ...
  • Jenia
    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...
  • Katie
    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...
  • Lark
    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,...
  • The Library Ladies
    (Full review here at the I love to cross-stitch, have loved it for years since I learned to stitch as a little girl. It’s also a handy hobby to support a very unhealthy Netflix binging habit. But it’s also a less common craft nowadays. I have a bunch of friends who knit, a couple of crocheters, but none of my friends embroider. So I was stoked when I saw this book coming this spring from Orbit. A fantasy novel where emb...
  • Kathy
    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...
  • Cass
    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...
  • Hana
    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...
  • Dee/ bookworm
    This book was heavily weighed down by politics. It was hard to keep everyone separate because essentially there were more than 5 groups of people, and there was tiers of importance, 2 being most important and then diminishing as the threat or importance diminished, but still a lot to keep straight. Also, I didn't really connect with the main character at all. She seemed secluded, almost snobby and self righteous. The story itself, if not weighed ...
  • Ashley
    Thoroughly enjoyed this. Revolution and social justice and magic that's tied to creative arts.
  • Sionna
    *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...
  • Jaye
    A tough one. I liked it, but I didn't at the same time.First, Sophie's brother, Kristos. What a douche-canoe. I didn't understand why she continually stuck by his side. He doesn't seem to care for her one way or the other; unless it has a potential advantage to his Cause, Kristos couldn't care less about Sophie's business, never mind that her work makes up the bulk of their income. And, let's not forget that he completely and utterly (view spoile...
  • Kelly
    This was a fun, creative historical fantasy story about a girl with the ability to charm the clothes she creates, who becomes embroiled in a political rebellion.While I found the pacing pretty slow for most of the book, the concept itself was unique enough to keep me interested. I really enjoyed Sophie's love for designing and her passion to keep her business afloat. It was also oddly refreshing to read about a protagonist who just kind of wants ...
  • Rhode
    Although the heroine owns her own business which she’s built up from nothing, and at first we see her very much as an adult, this turned out to be very much like a middling y/a fantasy.So, at first we’re seeing a feminist view of the costs of revolution, where people’s livelihoods and safety sometimes matter more than ideals...and then suddenly there’s a duke, a ball, a gown (including that moment when the duke is dazed by seeing how beau...
  • Sean Curley
    If fantasy literature often suffers from an over-fixation with Western European-inspired settings, a particular fixation with quasi-medieval settings is at least as prominent (even in stories that stray outside of the aforesaid geographic confines). Rowenna Miller's Torn (the beginning of a series, we're informed), while recognizably European, invites us into a world that is chronologically more akin to the Regency period, which is a change as we...
  • Rosie Rizk
    The book has a good premise and wonderful characters, but I found the tone to be too stiff, and combining that with the slow pacing, it didn't pull in my attention, for the most part. If you liked The Tethered Mage, I'd highly recommend Torn as a very similar book in tone & plot. But while they share a lot of characteristics, they are both unique in their own ways, and don't feel like the same book at all, beyond the prose and some other general ...
  • Kathleen
    I'm at a solid 3.5 stars on this one. There were many things I loved and some I didn't. I loved the magic! The main character is a seamstress who can sew magical charms into the clothing she sews. To me this was a really original concept and the descriptions of it were enchanting. The author depicted them beautifully and I could picture each seam being sewn and the glowing, ethereal quality of the threads. I wanted more! What I didn't love was th...
  • Dead Gravity
    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...
  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    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 ...
  • Miriam Williams
    A good book, although the protagonist spends a frustratingly large part of the book keeping her secrets for no good reason. Will read the sequel.