Unravel

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Pub Date 15 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 09 Mar 2022

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Sixteen-year-old Marguerite knows her uncle doesn’t like her. True, she’s in line for the throne before him and he contends she’s too deaf to rule, but she’s known since he broke her hand to keep her from using sign language. Now, as the kingdom’s Bishop-Princep, Uncle Reichard has declared war on magic and Marguerite must hide the fact that she’s a witch.

While witnessing her first witch trial, Marguerite rescues a child from death with the help of a handsome, itinerant acrobat, Tys. Marguerite flees, hiding in the neighboring empire where magical gifts can flourish. Before her training is complete, war threatens. She returns home, only to witness her uncle seizing the throne. He isolates and imprisons her. Marguerite’s love for her people drives her to continue defying him. But to challenge him means she’ll have to rely on her homemade invisibility cloak, questionable allies, and Tys, the one boy she never should have trusted.

Sixteen-year-old Marguerite knows her uncle doesn’t like her. True, she’s in line for the throne before him and he contends she’s too deaf to rule, but she’s known since he broke her hand to keep her...


Advance Praise

A lovely tale for readers in search of magic, adventure, and romance. - Kirkus Reivews

A lovely tale for readers in search of magic, adventure, and romance. - Kirkus Reivews


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Featured Reviews

I enjoyed this story much more than I originally anticipated.
Loken did a fantastic job with her debut novel.
Her writing is done so well and beautifully executed.
Who wouldn't love a story about a strong deaf princess witch?
And I'm here to say the book didn't disappoint.
The magic, the world, these characters I was blown away by it all.
The adventure and action keeps the readers glued to the pages with a want for more.
I couldn't get enough. I'm so thrilled I was able the chance to read an eARC of this title.
I sure hope Amelia Loken writes more because I need it!

Sword and Silk,
Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this title.
I will post and tag my review to my blog and platforms close to pub date!

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This is the first time I've ever read a novel from the pov of a Deaf protagonist, and also the first time I've read anything from a Kickstarted publisher. Sword & Silk publishing's mission is to publish feminist works, and while I had never heard of them before this, I like that Unravel takes the usual patriarchal trope of girls slogging through an endless tedium of handwork and turns it on its head. This book is largely fast-moving action-adventure with an action-plot-relevant romantic subplot. I'm not entirely satisfied with the depth of the world-building or character development, but the story itself was satisfying enough that I didn't want to put it down. Also, importantly, I should say that I nearly backed out on the first page when I saw that it was written in first person, present tense, but then I realized that there is a brilliant reason for it and had stopped noticing within the first five pages.

I want to see more Deaf-pov fiction. Not feel-good-inspirational-bullshit, but books like this, where hearing loss is a challenge to work with but not a flaw to erase or something wrongly interpreted as an all-consuming disability that prevents a protagonist from living a rich and vibrant life. I didn't know I wanted this until now, so kudos to Loken for making me crave more.

Also, Celin Chen's cover art is gorgeous.

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A lovely sweet book. Although the premise of forbidden magic is used, the author has found a unique blend of old and new to bring together a different story. The characters are clever too. Perfect for young adults looking for a sweet romantic read that includes magic and adventure. However for me it lacked the depth that could have made it a great read.

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I really liked this book! It was fast pace and I love the characters and the magic . The character of the princess was written very well. I can’t wait to see what else this author writes . This book was very enjoyable!

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Fast paced and well paced. I never
Found myself bored. This book is exciting and so many moments I felt anxious about what would happen next. The authors twists on familiar witchcraft tropes was completely new and fresh. Marguerite is interesting and complex and strong.. from late one I knew I was going to love this book. So many strong female characters. Each new character introduced was thoroughly developed and dialogue flows nicely. I will be recommending this book to everyone I know.

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