I was a bit lukewarm about this novel when I first started reading it, and it took me a while to get into the story, but the more I read, the more I enjoyed this fantasy novel.  My hesitation is probably that I like my fantasy novels that are a little more epic in nature with fighting and journeys and the like.  This novel is lacking in those areas, but had its own appeal.

 

In Torn, the main characters is Sophie, a seamstress with magical abilities.  She lives in a society where the nobility oppresses the common people.  Revolution is fomenting, and one of the key figures is her brother, Kristos.  When Sophie’s magical charms catch the attention of some of the nobility, she gets wrapped into their society and wants nothing to do with the revolution, even though she agrees with some elements of it in principle.  Further complicating matters, she becomes romantically entangled with a duke.  When her brother is kidnapped, she is coerced into helping the revolutionaries.

 

The novel was slow at first, and that was part of why I wasn’t so into it, but it built up in intrigue as it wore on.  I wouldn’t exactly call it riveting, but it held my interest and had a fair bit of tension.  There was even a sword fight or two, but it wasn’t particularly well described and not the strongpoint of the novel.  What was a strongpoint was character development, and the ability to show merits on both sides of the opposing forces in this revolution.  The natural tendency would be to side with the revolutionaries, but the nobility was presented in a sympathetic light as well, and there was a good dichotomy.  This is a novel that I would recommend and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.