Title: Strands of Sollus: Rewoven
Author: Cheryl Suchacek
Publisher: Cheryl Suchacek
Publication Date: Aug 20, 2019
Genres: Epic Fantasy
Shelves: Female-fronted, female-authored
I seem to be on a roll lately with long-lingering books from my review pile that have just blown me away. First it was Docile (I’d had a paperback ARC since November) and now it’s Strands of Sollus: Rewoven (I won a signed copy back in September).
Cheryl Suchacek offers up a tale that feels very much like a vintage 80s/early 90s sword-and-sorcery fantasy, but with a modern touch of erotic maturity (just a touch, mind you – there are some sexy moments, but nothing too explicit).
There are three stories here that intertwine and come together in the final act. One is the quest for a stolen magical sword, one is the pursuit of an abducted friend, and the last is a dark conspiracy of attempted assassination and perhaps more. Before we get deep into the stories, however, Suchacek allows us to spend time getting to know Myst and Lotus, developing characters, motivations, relationships, and personalities. By the time we’re ready to hit the road, we’re already deeply invested in their quest and their magically fused relationship.
What binds the two women together is that attempted assassination, enacted with the aid of a magical potion called Bliss that leaves Lotus so overcome with desire that only bonding with Myst, feeding that desire to her, and satisfying it together, saves her life. There’s magic and mysticism wrapped up in that bond (including a brief, but interesting bit of gender fluidity), and the way it opens them both to the friendship of Tol, who is behind the pursuit of the abducted friend, is surprisingly rewarding in its emotional resonance. The actual quest, complete with supernatural attacks, spiritual threats, and a dungeon-like descent into haunted ruins is a fantastic novel in and of itself.
I did find a few typos and awkward phrasings in the opening pages, which I will admit gave me pause, wondering how the rest of the story would read, but it all smooths out and becomes stronger and more engaging with each chapter, until I found myself racing along, enjoying the read and anxious to find out where it was ultimately headed. By the end, Strands of Sollus: Rewoven was a book I knew I’d be keeping on the shelf, and Cheryl Suchacek an author I’ll be watching closely for the sequel.
Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀
My sincere thanks to the author for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.