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The sequel to the hotly-anticipated Forest of Souls, an epic and immersive tale of destiny and sisterhood. Perfect for fans of Susan Dennard, Sarah J. Maas, and Netflix's The Witcher! The Soulless has woken from his centuries-long imprisonment. Now, he lurks in the Dead Wood recovering his strength, while Sirscha and her allies journey east to the shaman empire of Nuvalyn. The sequel to the hotly-anticipated Forest of Souls, an epic and immersive tale of destiny and sisterhood. Perfect for fans of Susan Dennard, Sarah J. Maas, and Netflix's The Witcher! The Soulless has woken from his centuries-long imprisonment. Now, he lurks in the Dead Wood recovering his strength, while Sirscha and her allies journey east to the shaman empire of Nuvalyn. Everyone believes she is a soulguide—a savior—but Sirscha knows the truth. She’s a monster, a soulrender like the Soulless, and if anyone discovers the truth, she’ll be executed. But there’s nothing Sirscha won’t risk to stop the shaman responsible for the rot that’s killing her best friend. While the Soulless is formidable, like all shamans, his magic must be channeled through a familiar. If Sirscha can discover what—or who—that is, she might be able to cut him off from his power. With Queen Meilyr bent on destroying the magical kingdoms, Sirscha finds herself caught between a war brewing in the east and the Soulless waiting in the west. She should be trying to unite what peoples she can to face their common enemies, but instead, her hunt for clues about the Soulless leads to a grim discovery, forcing Sirscha to question who her enemies really are.


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The sequel to the hotly-anticipated Forest of Souls, an epic and immersive tale of destiny and sisterhood. Perfect for fans of Susan Dennard, Sarah J. Maas, and Netflix's The Witcher! The Soulless has woken from his centuries-long imprisonment. Now, he lurks in the Dead Wood recovering his strength, while Sirscha and her allies journey east to the shaman empire of Nuvalyn. The sequel to the hotly-anticipated Forest of Souls, an epic and immersive tale of destiny and sisterhood. Perfect for fans of Susan Dennard, Sarah J. Maas, and Netflix's The Witcher! The Soulless has woken from his centuries-long imprisonment. Now, he lurks in the Dead Wood recovering his strength, while Sirscha and her allies journey east to the shaman empire of Nuvalyn. Everyone believes she is a soulguide—a savior—but Sirscha knows the truth. She’s a monster, a soulrender like the Soulless, and if anyone discovers the truth, she’ll be executed. But there’s nothing Sirscha won’t risk to stop the shaman responsible for the rot that’s killing her best friend. While the Soulless is formidable, like all shamans, his magic must be channeled through a familiar. If Sirscha can discover what—or who—that is, she might be able to cut him off from his power. With Queen Meilyr bent on destroying the magical kingdoms, Sirscha finds herself caught between a war brewing in the east and the Soulless waiting in the west. She should be trying to unite what peoples she can to face their common enemies, but instead, her hunt for clues about the Soulless leads to a grim discovery, forcing Sirscha to question who her enemies really are.

30 review for Broken Web

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    12.08.20: Now available to request on NetGalley! https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/boo... 09.30.20: Cover reveal at Fairyloot: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFwzQK1pGwE/ WAIT UNTIL YOU GUYS SEE THE COVER FOR THIS AAAAH 12.08.20: Now available to request on NetGalley! https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/boo... 09.30.20: Cover reveal at Fairyloot: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFwzQK1pGwE/ WAIT UNTIL YOU GUYS SEE THE COVER FOR THIS AAAAH

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darce

    4.5 STARS buddy read with dearest Ashley! woah, this was good. really good. everything that i didn't enjoy in book #1 was fixed in Broken Web, including the seemingly-stilted relationship between Saengo and Sirscha in the first book, and my lack of connection to either main character. also, we got more Theyen in this book, which was a major pro! Broken Web was rich with the same intricate world and stunningly original magic system as Forest of Souls, and more. more action and adventure, more pl 4.5 STARS buddy read with dearest Ashley! woah, this was good. really good. everything that i didn't enjoy in book #1 was fixed in Broken Web, including the seemingly-stilted relationship between Saengo and Sirscha in the first book, and my lack of connection to either main character. also, we got more Theyen in this book, which was a major pro! Broken Web was rich with the same intricate world and stunningly original magic system as Forest of Souls, and more. more action and adventure, more plot-twists, more kickassery. book #1 was the beginning, with all the world-building and character introductions expected for an introduction to a new series, and with all of that out of the way Broken Web was much better in my opinion. it definitely didn't have second-book-syndrome, and i can't wait to see what the author comes up with for book #3!

  3. 5 out of 5

    ATheReader

    6/20/2021: OMG IT'S OUT!!!! WHY DIDN'T I KNOW ABOUT THIS! 11/18/2020: The COVER omg-okay wow beautiful 6/20/2021: OMG IT'S OUT!!!! WHY DIDN'T I KNOW ABOUT THIS! 11/18/2020: The COVER omg-okay wow beautiful

  4. 4 out of 5

    thewordlover

    This story is sooo good in theory, but I hate that it falls kind of flat! And thinking back on the first one, I've come to realize how flat that one fell when I read it. For such an original spin on the generic YA novel, I really was expecting a more exciting sequel. I'm just underwhelmed. Also, (view spoiler)[I'm really confused about the romance situation here. The obvious direction I thought this was going was Theyen, but I guess it's Saengo now? I love me some queer representation in YA, but This story is sooo good in theory, but I hate that it falls kind of flat! And thinking back on the first one, I've come to realize how flat that one fell when I read it. For such an original spin on the generic YA novel, I really was expecting a more exciting sequel. I'm just underwhelmed. Also, (view spoiler)[I'm really confused about the romance situation here. The obvious direction I thought this was going was Theyen, but I guess it's Saengo now? I love me some queer representation in YA, but I really loved the sisterhood aspect and I don't know how I'd feel about it turning into something more here. Honestly, I'd probably feel the same as if nothing happened because for some reason I'm just not emotionally invested in these characters. (hide spoiler)] We'll see.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Louise

    Thank you to NetGalley and Page Street Publishing for sending me an E-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Forest of Souls was one of my favourite reads of 2020 and I was super excited for this sequel. However, it did disappoint me in places. Some of it was boring and slow and I didn’t feel engaged with the story. That being said, I still loved the book and I loved the characters once more, I just would have liked to see more character development. I can’t wait for the third instalment!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Buckle up, folks! This sequel is about to take you at break-neck speed through some fabulous plot twists, political machinations, and magic that will get you killed. Thank you so much to Page Street for sending me an early copy! Full review at A Book Shrew Now travelling through the Nuvalyn Empire, Sirscha and Saengo are and trying to figure out their next moves. Ronin is dead, and the villainous Soulless is awake in the Deadwood, gathering his strength. Everyone still thinks Sirscha is a blessed Buckle up, folks! This sequel is about to take you at break-neck speed through some fabulous plot twists, political machinations, and magic that will get you killed. Thank you so much to Page Street for sending me an early copy! Full review at A Book Shrew Now travelling through the Nuvalyn Empire, Sirscha and Saengo are and trying to figure out their next moves. Ronin is dead, and the villainous Soulless is awake in the Deadwood, gathering his strength. Everyone still thinks Sirscha is a blessed soulguide when in fact she is a soulrender, a shaman that can tear a soul from a body. As she hides behind a lie that would get her killed in a heartbeat, and keeps the rot growing inside Saengo at bay, the Evewyn queen is readying for war. This is a fast-paced adventure fantasy with tons of action-packed scenes, political intrigue and a compelling magic system. A word to the wise, I strongly recommend a reread of Forest of Souls before diving into this. I chose not to and did struggle to remember a lot of the great nuance that is built into this story. For example, I forgot what Ronin's deal was, when in fact he was the only person keeping the Dead Wood in check. Plus there is a lot of political intrigue and interesting characters that deserve to be seen wholly. A petition for publishers to include a one page synopsis of what happened in the last book! These characters are such an interesting mix of found family members. They all seem so separate and different but the common denominator between them all is Sirscha. I love how sarcastic she can be at times. She has these great quips that come out of nowhere and always made me smile. Her love for Saengo is next level. There is no romance in this series so far, but y'all, I kind of need something laid out because I cannot tell if the super close relationship between Sirscha and Saengo is really good friends, or very very slow queer burn. It doesn't matter, but I need something. Another thing I need is for characters to be more ... present. There's a lot of characters but aside from Sirscha, we only get to see them for a chapter at a time, and it felt like something was missing from the story. If that makes any sense. I'm delighted we get to go back to the Dead Wood! Lee's writing is very simple and straightforward, but she wrote some of the best dark imagery I've ever read in Forest of Souls, and that shone anew here. A malevolent forest with trapped souls trying to escape the trees? Ugh, it's stunning, truly. However, as I'd hoped with this sequel, we do get to see more of this world. For instance, we get to see Mirrim, the Nuvalyn capital city. It is a unique place as it was created by the only soulguide to exist and is warded so that only shamans may enter. I think where this suffered for me was in the last half of the book. Decisions felt as though they were being made with little more than a sentence of consideration. I had to go back a page on numerous occasions because I couldn't figure out how we went from Point A to Point B so quickly, and by that I mean we travelled halfway across the country in three paragraphs. Events also became a bit repetitive, with this person running somewhere, getting caught, escaping. It cheapened some of those great action-scenes and plot-twists a little. The ending itself was not a bad thing though! There are many twists throughout the book and so many of them come to a head in those last two chapters with a jaw-dropping finale. I always thought this was a duology, so I'm thrilled to learn that it's actually a trilogy. Can't wait to see how this will end!

  7. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Broken Web picks up right where Forest of Souls ends. It immediately had a different feel to me, focusing more on ruling the kingdom, rebellion, and political maneuvers. Whereas I associated Forest of Souls more with secrets behind closed doors and clashes of will. Broken Web examines all the hidden pieces of the past, those who conceal them, and take choices away from others. It (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Broken Web picks up right where Forest of Souls ends. It immediately had a different feel to me, focusing more on ruling the kingdom, rebellion, and political maneuvers. Whereas I associated Forest of Souls more with secrets behind closed doors and clashes of will. Broken Web examines all the hidden pieces of the past, those who conceal them, and take choices away from others. It asks - what is the price for rebellion and magic, for wanting to set wrongs to right? I was immediately immersed in the action and swept back into the world. While I was immediately loving be back in the world, I felt like in the middle the pacing lulled a bit. Nothing that stopped me from continuing, but it had me wondering if this was going to be a classic, "second book syndrome" of a trilogy. Until the last 25% had me absolutely reeling. The pace picked up and hooked me again for the finale. Even though there was action within Broken Web, I felt like this sequel was a bit more introspective. It felt more thoughtful as it questions how monstrous our enemies are - and how human they could become. All while also subtly probing at Saengo and Sirscha's relationship. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alexiani G

    Well, this is simple, amazing and beautiful in its own way. This isn’t some grand book that will enchant every reader and that we will remember for the rest of our lives, because is not. This is one of those simple books that delivers an amazing plot, with interesting characters that do what they’re supposed to do. I liked the first book, I liked the history of the world and the mystery and secrets behind it, I liked the magic and how the writer divided it in species and branches, I liked the ma Well, this is simple, amazing and beautiful in its own way. This isn’t some grand book that will enchant every reader and that we will remember for the rest of our lives, because is not. This is one of those simple books that delivers an amazing plot, with interesting characters that do what they’re supposed to do. I liked the first book, I liked the history of the world and the mystery and secrets behind it, I liked the magic and how the writer divided it in species and branches, I liked the main character –Sirscha- and how she’s trying to find her purpose and a place where she belongs to. This book doesn’t waste time in idle things, it goes right to the point and I really liked that. This book was extremely easy to read, it’s a fast-paced book with the right and interesting things to say. It isn’t that complicated, here the world grows a bit more, showing how other nations work, how the secrets to the past war are destroying the present and how some things really happened in the past with the shamans, the soulrenders and the soulless. The book gives into the insecurities Sirscha has towards being alone and how much she wants to protect her only family and her nation. Again, this book doesn’t waste time with things I don’t need, not even with trips to one place or another and the amazing thing about that is that the writer did an amazing job, because it doesn’t feel like she is cutting pieces of the book to get to some point, it all feels fluid and smooth. There isn’t much to say about this book other than is really good, it’s loyal to the first one, the characters are loyal to themselves and they grow a bit here as well. This is the kind of good and fast reading book you can grab for a day or two, settle down and enjoy. Don’t get me wrong, I do want to know more about how all of this is going to end but I won’t stop living to know.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Thank you Page Street YA for the ARC! I *loved* the first book Forest of Souls so Broken Web was one of my most anticipated books of 2021. The cover is so perfect, reflecting that the heart of this story is the friendship between Sirscha and Saengo. This book did start off a little slow for me, but at around the 150 page mark, things really picked up and I read the rest of the book in one sitting(!!). One of the themes of this book is that history is written by the victors, and Sirscha is on a se Thank you Page Street YA for the ARC! I *loved* the first book Forest of Souls so Broken Web was one of my most anticipated books of 2021. The cover is so perfect, reflecting that the heart of this story is the friendship between Sirscha and Saengo. This book did start off a little slow for me, but at around the 150 page mark, things really picked up and I read the rest of the book in one sitting(!!). One of the themes of this book is that history is written by the victors, and Sirscha is on a search for the truth about the Soulless. This book offers some answers while leaving you eagerly awaiting the third book. Also, just want to say that it's official, Theyen is my favorite. If you're curious about whether there is romance in this book: (view spoiler)[nope! and I love that! there's plenty going on so I never felt like I was missing a romantic aspect, and there's still the emotional pull of the 'friends can be your family' theme. (hide spoiler)]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤

    Full review on my blog Sometimes Leelynn Reads Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Lori M. Lee and Page Street for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication. As you may have seen from my review of Forest of Souls, I already loved this story to begin with. I knew I was going to like the rest of the trilogy, and I wasn’t wrong. If anyth Full review on my blog Sometimes Leelynn Reads Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Lori M. Lee and Page Street for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication. As you may have seen from my review of Forest of Souls, I already loved this story to begin with. I knew I was going to like the rest of the trilogy, and I wasn’t wrong. If anything, I may have loved Broken Web more! The aftermath of the final few chapters of Forest of Souls finds Sirscha and Saengo traveling to the Empire of Nuvalyn with some escorts, since everyone believes that she is a soulguide – a kind of lightwender that hasn’t been seen since the founder of the Empire. According to prophecy, a soulguide is supposed to save the world from the Soulless and the Dark Wood, that threatens to expand and take over the lands of Thiy. Nobody would be safe if this happened, and yet until now there has been no way of completely destroying the Soulless. Sure, Ronin the Spider King may have kept the Dead Wood at bay for centuries, but… yeah that’s not happening anymore. The relationship between Sirscha and Saengo also starts to change a bit, with Sirscha feeling even more guilt about what she did to Saengo and her future. Their loyalty for one another is strong to a fault, and never once has this been in question between them. But will that stick now that their dynamics changed from partners to shaman-familiar? With disturbing messages getting into Sirscha’s mind, doubt ends up clouding her judgement and it’s only a matter of time before these thoughts come to light. For better or for worse, these two have each others backs… for now. I personally don’t see their relationship turning sour because of how tight-knitted they have been from the beginning. From the way that Lee shows us their bond after going through some of the worst things in the world for them, to me there’s just no way that their bond is going to weaken. That’s just me though, me being hopeful that this bond sticks together no matter what. EDIT: Oh wow I feel like I wrote that review super quickly. Full review will be posted on my blog (parts will be posted on Goodreads) at 9am EST on my birthday, June 11th, 2021. OMGGGGGGGGG RTC BUT HOLY SHIT! I’m shooketh

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Broken Web Author: Lori M. Lee Book Series: Shamanborn Book 2 Diversity: Asian inspired epic fantasy and characters Rating: 4/5 Recommended For...: Young adult readers, fantasy, epic fantasy, Asian inspired Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: June 15, 2021 Publisher: Page Street Kids Pages: 374 Recommended Age: 14+ (1 Violence, Death, Gore, Mass Genocide) Explanation of CWs: Lots of fighting and gore. The bo Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Broken Web Author: Lori M. Lee Book Series: Shamanborn Book 2 Diversity: Asian inspired epic fantasy and characters Rating: 4/5 Recommended For...: Young adult readers, fantasy, epic fantasy, Asian inspired Genre: YA Fantasy Publication Date: June 15, 2021 Publisher: Page Street Kids Pages: 374 Recommended Age: 14+ (1 Violence, Death, Gore, Mass Genocide) Explanation of CWs: Lots of fighting and gore. The book also has a lot of death, especially since it's a pivotal plot point of the book. There is also a mass genocide mentioned throughout the book about a certain group of people. Synopsis: The Soulless has woken from his centuries-long imprisonment. Now, he lurks in the Dead Wood recovering his strength, while Sirscha and her allies journey east to the shaman empire of Nuvalyn. Everyone believes she is a soulguide—a savior—but Sirscha knows the truth. She’s a monster, a soulrender like the Soulless, and if anyone discovers the truth, she’ll be executed. But there’s nothing Sirscha won’t risk to stop the shaman responsible for the rot that’s killing her best friend. While the Soulless is formidable, like all shamans, his magic must be channeled through a familiar. If Sirscha can discover what—or who—that is, she might be able to cut him off from his power. With Queen Meilyr bent on destroying the magical kingdoms, Sirscha finds herself caught between a war brewing in the east and the Soulless waiting in the west. She should be trying to unite what peoples she can to face their common enemies, but instead, her hunt for clues about the Soulless leads to a grim discovery, forcing Sirscha to question who her enemies really are. Review: For the most part this was a very enjoyable sequel to Forest of Souls and I can't wait for the third book. I loved the world building and the character development. The characters were also well written, each sounding different and distinct. I also loved the writing and if you're looking for an epic YA fantasy series, this is it! The issues I had with this book is that the book immediately jumps into the story, straight from book 1. Normally, this would be awesome if you were reading them back to back, but it was a bit confusing for me until I started remembering everything. I also felt like the pacing was wonky, it was fast and slow, and I felt like the battle scenes were a little confusing. Verdict: Highly recommend!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thindbooks

    *This arc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* This was a great read! This is the second book of the series and it didn't disappoint. This book picks back up from where the first one ended where Sirscha and Saengo are now traveling through the empire to plan their next move. I have to say that I kind of regret not rereading the first book because I forgot some of the details as the world-building is very detailed. So I recommend rereading Forest of Souls or reading *This arc was sent to me by the publisher to give an honest review in return* This was a great read! This is the second book of the series and it didn't disappoint. This book picks back up from where the first one ended where Sirscha and Saengo are now traveling through the empire to plan their next move. I have to say that I kind of regret not rereading the first book because I forgot some of the details as the world-building is very detailed. So I recommend rereading Forest of Souls or reading some reviews to refresh your mind. With the writing, this book was fast-paced which I enjoyed as it made the adventures and action scenes so much better. I also enjoy the very dark writing in this book and the setting of the Dead Woods. I love Sirscha who is a brave character that would do anything for her best friend. She has a secret that no one knows about her and it gives me Celeana vibes. She had a good development in this book which I think will grow so much throughout the series. I really enjoy reading about her relationship with Saengo as they are so close to each other. The side characters were well written but I wish we had more new ones in the book or got to know the old ones so much better. I felt that the only characters I really knew anything about were Sirscha and Saengo and it would be better if it opened up more to the other characters. Also, the antagonist in this book is amazingly written and makes the story so much better. One part I was not happy about was the lack of romance. I'm a huge romance fan and was sad there wasn't any in this book or in the series in general. I really hope at some point we get something but I do love the theme of found family. The ending was well done and I can't wait to read the third book. This book did have some pieces that were lacking but I think it was such a great book with a lot of good action and secrets. I think the part that I really enjoy about this book is the found family theme of the book. I really enjoy the main character's relationship with Saengo as they are ideal best friends and practically sisters. I recommend reading this series if you really enjoy books by Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy Braun

    I was so excited to return to this dark, creepy, unique world and its strong characters! It's a haunting and compelling story full of atmosphere, action, twists, and adventure. Sirscha is a great character. Fierce and strong, she also has vulnerable moments as she struggles to open her heart to others, while her magic is relentless and out of control. Her bond with Saenego is heartfelt and powerful, since Saenego is as sweet and loyal as they come. Familiar side characters Theyin and Meliek retu I was so excited to return to this dark, creepy, unique world and its strong characters! It's a haunting and compelling story full of atmosphere, action, twists, and adventure. Sirscha is a great character. Fierce and strong, she also has vulnerable moments as she struggles to open her heart to others, while her magic is relentless and out of control. Her bond with Saenego is heartfelt and powerful, since Saenego is as sweet and loyal as they come. Familiar side characters Theyin and Meliek return, both torn between duty and helping their friends. I also found the Soulless, the villain, to be completely fascinating and hope to learn even more about him. The world building is unique and haunting. I love the creepy atmosphere the entire series has carried, and kept wanting to be immersed in this original world. There is a ton of action, kidnappings, and betrayals, with a shocking ending that opens up a wold of possibilities. This is a great book for fans looking for a fresh, YA story written with smooth, natural prose. I love these characters and can't wait to see how their story ends. I highly recommend this underrated gem!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jan farnworth

    Broken Web is the sequel to Forest of Souls, where we meet Sirscha and her best friend, Saengo. Sirscha has now set the Soulless free, and the peace between the nations of Thiy is crumbling without Ronnin to keep the deadwood in check. Sirscha has been deemed a soul guide, but she hides the dark secret that she a soul render, which makes her no better than the soulless destroying the world. The broken web is a political-based fantasy, and Sirscha is determined to discover what the empire is hidi Broken Web is the sequel to Forest of Souls, where we meet Sirscha and her best friend, Saengo. Sirscha has now set the Soulless free, and the peace between the nations of Thiy is crumbling without Ronnin to keep the deadwood in check. Sirscha has been deemed a soul guide, but she hides the dark secret that she a soul render, which makes her no better than the soulless destroying the world. The broken web is a political-based fantasy, and Sirscha is determined to discover what the empire is hiding. With a brother and sister at odds on best solving the problems plaguing the world, Sirscha is determined to make it right. I am highly invested in how everything plays out in the final book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    A worthy sequel to one of my favourite books of 2020. Filled with intrigue, politics, magic, found family, twists and turns, betrayals, banter, big dog/horse/dragon sidekicks, and cliffhangers. Can’t wait to read the final book. Thank you to Page Street and Netgalley for the eARC.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marcella

    Okay, so I thought waiting for Broken Web is torture... but now after I finished it, waiting for book 3 will likely feel like hell. The story picked up right after events happened in Forest of Souls. Sirscha and Saengo are thrust directly into a political web. Every person is not to be trusted. I can't wrote the details because spoilersss but this book is just as good as the first one. We get to see more about the Soulless background story, and Sirscha did make some terrible choice (not exactly w Okay, so I thought waiting for Broken Web is torture... but now after I finished it, waiting for book 3 will likely feel like hell. The story picked up right after events happened in Forest of Souls. Sirscha and Saengo are thrust directly into a political web. Every person is not to be trusted. I can't wrote the details because spoilersss but this book is just as good as the first one. We get to see more about the Soulless background story, and Sirscha did make some terrible choice (not exactly wrong, but terrible). Like the first book, I just love her dynamic with Theyen! Their sarcastic banter is gold. Meilek is truly a sweet guy I'll fight for this cinnamonroll. And Saengo is also sweet as ever, having Sirscha's back and being her voice of conscience. CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK 3 AAAAAHHHHH

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carly Schaelling

    I am obsessed with this series. This sequel was stunning, gripping, delicious. I am depressed I have to wait for book three.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura ☾

    A solid continuation from Forest of Souls. I do wish we had a little more world-building, but overall this is a fun, typical YA fantasy, with some interesting characters!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Bennett

    Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me an arc to read and review! As someone who liked the first book but felt like it lacked something to really pull me in, this sequel did the trick! This sequel is filled with political intrigue, more lore, lots of action, and learning that good and evil isn’t always black and white. It packs a punch! Sirscha is still coming to terms with her magical ability of soulrendering and not trying to lose control. Her friend, familiar, and basically a sister Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me an arc to read and review! As someone who liked the first book but felt like it lacked something to really pull me in, this sequel did the trick! This sequel is filled with political intrigue, more lore, lots of action, and learning that good and evil isn’t always black and white. It packs a punch! Sirscha is still coming to terms with her magical ability of soulrendering and not trying to lose control. Her friend, familiar, and basically a sister Saengo really tries to keep it in check and be the conscious she needs at times. Although their relationship has been left unaffected by the change of Saengo’s soul, it’s easy to understand why the Soulless would want to tear the bond between them. If she doesn’t have the good angel on her shoulder to keep her in check then what would happen to Sirscha? Manipulation is a powerful thing especially if it comes from someone who has been where you are and is “trying to help”. I do think that some of what was talked about when it comes to their friendship will definitely be tested in the third book. Sirscha doesn’t always listen to her gut though and some things tend to go wrong. I feel like this is just human nature as we want to believe that those around us truly want to help. It’s easy to understand her actions and why she makes the choices she does. Since I’ve mentioned the Soulless I guess I’ll talk about him next, haha. Even though I am not one to be drawn to the “bad guy”, there is something about him that I find intriguing. I like that even though he is far away from Sirscha for most of the book he is still around her in her dreams. He adds a lot to the history of the empire. I’m still not entirely sure what his overall motive is but I like where the plot is going with him and I can’t wait to see what else he has up his sleeve. Other characters from the first book are still present as well along with new faces too. I still like Theyen and really hope he survives because it would just be too sad of a day if he doesn’t. Politics is a big topic in the book and because of that it is hard to decide who can really be trusted. There are some that are obviously trustworthy as they have kept Sirscha’s abilities a secret but there are still those that there isn’t enough information on or who have been acting quite suspicious. All of the mistrust does make for some shocking plot twists though! Overall, I enjoyed the sequel. It had a lot of shocking moments that kept me intrigued throughout and it’s going to be hard to have to wait for the third book. There is just too much at stake and now I’ll just be speculating until then, haha.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Rundle

    Oh, one of the books I've been waiting for. The sequel to Forest of Souls. What can I say? THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING! I LOVE Lori's writing. She captures the true essence of a story. Amazing characters. Magic. Darkness. Stellar plot. This one truly takes you into a what feels like a new world. Lori's ability to mold, captivating characterizations is amazing. I strongly recommend this one to everyone who loved Forest of Souls. DON'T MISS OUT ON THE SEQUEL! Oh, one of the books I've been waiting for. The sequel to Forest of Souls. What can I say? THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING! I LOVE Lori's writing. She captures the true essence of a story. Amazing characters. Magic. Darkness. Stellar plot. This one truly takes you into a what feels like a new world. Lori's ability to mold, captivating characterizations is amazing. I strongly recommend this one to everyone who loved Forest of Souls. DON'T MISS OUT ON THE SEQUEL!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Margrieta

    “From her blood came the shadowblessed, from her bone the humans, and from the fragment of her soul, the shamans were born.” #LoriMLee #BrokenWeb #Shamanborn #PageStreetPublishing Genre: #Fantasy #YA #AsianLiterature My rating: 4 /5 GR: 4,67 /5 This book is a great example of a good YA fantasy, without all the romance that often takes over the main story. This is a second book of a “Shamanborn” trilogy, where to find patience before the last one comes out? But this book was worth the wait, I’m e “From her blood came the shadowblessed, from her bone the humans, and from the fragment of her soul, the shamans were born.” #LoriMLee #BrokenWeb #Shamanborn #PageStreetPublishing Genre: #Fantasy #YA #AsianLiterature My rating: 4 /5 GR: 4,67 /5 This book is a great example of a good YA fantasy, without all the romance that often takes over the main story. This is a second book of a “Shamanborn” trilogy, where to find patience before the last one comes out? But this book was worth the wait, I’m extremely grateful to @PageStreetYa for an E-Arc of this book in exchange for my honest review. I've been waiting for this book since the last summer (happy tears). Why do I like these book series so much? Well, it’s genuine. I’m honestly tired of all “bad ass” heroines and vulgarity in YA fantasy books. There is wonderful magical world, and characters, especially antagonists that remind me a bit of Grimm's fairytales, with their darkness. Magical creatures (Loved that author hasn’t simply used “dragons” but whole varieties of similar creatures, such as drakes and wyverns). In the previous book #ForestOfSouls Sirscha Ashwyn has woken up some dark power and discovered that she’s possessing special powers. As well as got bonded with her best friend, and now her friend is dying from the uncurable rot. Sirscha and her friends are on the way to the Shaman empire to find answers, destroy evil and cure her friend. She arrives there as a hero, but would she leave as one too? What does Empire hide? My favorite part of the second book are Sirschas dreams! I wish there was more darkness like in those dreams through the whole book, but I have a feeling that it’s still coming in the last book, hopefully next year! As you have probably guessed it’s a story of finding yourself and your priorities, there are some difficult choices that characters have to endure. It’s also a story about friendship, old friends, and new people, about discovering your past (Difficult when you're no one from nowhere) , some truths might not be worth knowing... I highly recommend this book. It’s just so easy to read, you just flow through the pages! And those places, creatures, characters... The only reason I didn’t rate this book with 5 stars, it slightly reminded me of the last Sabaa Tahir books, especially the Dead Forest part, and Darkness, I somehow really wanted some scenes to be darker, but that’s just my preference.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Haley Campbell

    Does anyone else get nervous with sequels? I absolutely loved Forest of Souls last year and was anxiously awaiting the continuation of Sirscha’s journey. In trilogies, especially, it seems like the second book serves as a bridge to the big finale, and can be a bit of a drag. Did Broken Web fall victim to the second book drag? Let’s find out! Plot: Broken Web picks up immediately after the events of Forest of Souls. Sirscha and Saengo are headed to Nuvalyn and their ultimate goal is to find a way Does anyone else get nervous with sequels? I absolutely loved Forest of Souls last year and was anxiously awaiting the continuation of Sirscha’s journey. In trilogies, especially, it seems like the second book serves as a bridge to the big finale, and can be a bit of a drag. Did Broken Web fall victim to the second book drag? Let’s find out! Plot: Broken Web picks up immediately after the events of Forest of Souls. Sirscha and Saengo are headed to Nuvalyn and their ultimate goal is to find a way to stop the Soulless. There are several twists and hiccups along the way, as well as introducing a completely new empire and its people. There is a lot of back and forth travel, constant splitting up and coming together, and lots of people showing up when you least expect them. While it seemed to be the tiniest bit messy in some parts, and dragged just a little in the middle, this book will keep you on your toes. Yet again, there is a definite lack of romance in these books, and I am okay with it. It doesn’t feel like you’re missing anything – I actually prefer it. There is so much going on in this book. Politics, betrayal, exploration of characters and their backgrounds, battles, wyverns, a new empire to explore, and so much more. Characters: So much character development! We get to learn more about Sirscha and her magic, and her undeniable connection to the Soulless. There’s a lot of background information about how the Soulless came to be and we maaaaybe have an idea of how to bring him down. As a villain lover, I am so glad we got a better insight into the Soulless and what makes him tick. Sirscha does a lot of growing as well. She is having a heck of a time dealing with her powers and urges. She learns a bit about her past and we get to see how that changes her perception of her past and her relationships. There are a few new characters, as well as some returning friends that all play a part. Of course we see Saengo, Prince Meilek, and Theyen (my favorite). As situations change at lightning speed, it’s difficult to know who to trust. Overall: Yet again, I am waiting impatiently for the next book in this series. It’s so unfair we have to wait so long! I do think it fell victim just the tiniest bit to the second book curse, but everything that happens is necessary, and important to furthering the plot for an epic conclusion. I can’t wait to see how it all wraps up (assuming it is only a trilogy).

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lu

    Thank you so much, NetGalley and Page Street Publishing and Page Street Kids, for the chance to read and review this book! The Soulless has woken from his imprisonment and now he lurks in the Dead Wood, recovering his strength and looking for Sircha, while plotting his revenge. Sircha is journeying with Saengo, to the shaman empire of Nuvalyn, hiding her identity. If someone discovers she's a soulrender, as the Soulless and not a soulguide, she will be executed. Determined to stop the rot that's Thank you so much, NetGalley and Page Street Publishing and Page Street Kids, for the chance to read and review this book! The Soulless has woken from his imprisonment and now he lurks in the Dead Wood, recovering his strength and looking for Sircha, while plotting his revenge. Sircha is journeying with Saengo, to the shaman empire of Nuvalyn, hiding her identity. If someone discovers she's a soulrender, as the Soulless and not a soulguide, she will be executed. Determined to stop the rot that's killing her best friend and familiar, to find the Soulless' familiar, Sircha would do anything. With Queen Meilyr who wants to destroy the magical kingdoms, Sircha is caught up between enemies, loyalties and lies and in her journey she will discover who her enemies really are and who is part of her found family. I LOVED reading Broken Web! I was so fascinated and in love with the worldbuilding since the first book and now, through Sircha's eyes, the reader is able to see more of the shaman's country, getting to know more about the past's crimes and lies. Sircha is a wonderfully complex character, weighed down by her secret, by her connection with the Soulless, her determination and desperation in saving Saengo's life, her desire to belong to somewhere and the struggle to know enemies from friends in a complex and intricate battle between kingdoms. It's a tale of sisterhood and destiny, power and lies, mysteries and clues and Sircha is surrounded by complex characters, like Theyen, Meilek and, of course, Saengo. I love her bond, how much they love one other, what they would do to help, protect and support each other. The Soulless, Queen Meilyr, are creepy and intense antagonists, but, above all, the Soulless is such an intriguing character and I really want to know more about him and his motives. The characterization, the worldbuilding, the story full of secrets and mysteries and plot twists, Broken Web is a compelling and amazing sequel and I can't wait to know what will happen next!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I have such a great love for this series and Broken Web just reiterated that for me. I really enjoy the characters and the plot of the story. I love Sirscha and how tough as nails she is. I also like that the other characters support her but this is really her story. I love the friendship between Sirscha and Saengo and how it can not be swayed. No matter what odds are against them, they obviously have one big elephant in the room between them. They still have such faith and trust in each other and I have such a great love for this series and Broken Web just reiterated that for me. I really enjoy the characters and the plot of the story. I love Sirscha and how tough as nails she is. I also like that the other characters support her but this is really her story. I love the friendship between Sirscha and Saengo and how it can not be swayed. No matter what odds are against them, they obviously have one big elephant in the room between them. They still have such faith and trust in each other and know that the other has their back. No questioning, no doubts and I think that's such an important part of the story. I for some reason thought this series was going to be a duology so I was a little worried with the direction things were going with reveals and such. When I realized it wasn’t everything made a lot more sense. I did need to shake my head around to remember a little more about Ronin. I knew he had kept the Deadwood in check and of course the Soulless but I forgot little things about him. I was not confused though in the story at all. There is also a lot of action and a lot of politics in this installment and it is all setting up for what I’m expecting to be an exciting book three. The reveals were pretty interesting and what the Shamanborn mean to different groups. I feel like the story just has some great imagery that gives you that dark vibe. Like with the deadwood but just even the towns too. I really like the dynamics of the different characters. Although we find Sirscha alone quite often or just only with Saengo. We do have interactions with some characters we expected and some new ones. I think Sirscha needed to do some growing on her own though so it worked out. I’m looking forward to the third installment. I want to see where the reveals, the politics and of course the magic takes us.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    In this wonderful sequel to the Forest of Souls, Lori M. Lee once again creates a world balanced along politics and magic, of found family and finding worth. I've been anxiously awaiting this book since I read the first one last year. This one, like the first, is an easy-to-read page-turner, with action nearly every-other chapter and beautiful character relationships. These relationships are my favorite part of the book — I love that this book nails home the found-family ideal and that our prota In this wonderful sequel to the Forest of Souls, Lori M. Lee once again creates a world balanced along politics and magic, of found family and finding worth. I've been anxiously awaiting this book since I read the first one last year. This one, like the first, is an easy-to-read page-turner, with action nearly every-other chapter and beautiful character relationships. These relationships are my favorite part of the book — I love that this book nails home the found-family ideal and that our protagonist, Sirscha, has rich friendships built on mutual trust. It's also refreshing to read a book without a love interest because our kick-butt female protag is too busy saving the world. Lee's ability to create rich lore and magic contributes to how enthralling this series is; the different type of magic and the ancient history of the continent are clues Sirscha must navigate to understand the chain of events set in motion. My only complaint is that, at times, Lee tends to use the "I got captured/I must escape/I will work with the bad guy for now" plot devices to move the story forward. While I understand this forward movement is necessary, I wish there had been different ways to do it since this happens several times throughout the story. Overall, a satisfying sequel in this trilogy that didn't feel like it dragged or was just filler, which is a feat in itself.

  26. 4 out of 5

    cassberrie

    A fun follow-up to Forest of Souls! Just like its predecessor, Broken Web is a fast-paced adventure story with a heavy dose of political intrigue in the background. I really enjoyed the additional lore (much of which I suspect will come into play in the final book) and getting to understand more about the Soulless and the circumstances of his villainy. Broken Web really delves into themes of family, both blood and found, and how the greed of those in power breaks them apart. Overall, though, I'm A fun follow-up to Forest of Souls! Just like its predecessor, Broken Web is a fast-paced adventure story with a heavy dose of political intrigue in the background. I really enjoyed the additional lore (much of which I suspect will come into play in the final book) and getting to understand more about the Soulless and the circumstances of his villainy. Broken Web really delves into themes of family, both blood and found, and how the greed of those in power breaks them apart. Overall, though, I'm left feeling somewhat mixed on the overall journey that Sirscha takes. She flirts a bit with the dark side (not literally, unfortunately) but there is never any fear that she will actually take the plunge and cross that line into antiheroine, which weakens the tension. And really, it feels weird to have the Soulless just echoing (view spoiler)[The Darkling from Shadow and Bone, almost word-for-word at times (hide spoiler)] . Anyway, Theyen is the best part of this book and I miss him already :( This isn't a book with a romantic subplot, but if Sirscha is going to fall in love with anyone (aside from Saengo lol), it's gotta be him, right? I mean, I'm already in love with him, so if she doesn't want him— Boy, was that a cliffhanger, though. Sirscha, you really went ahead and did That, huh...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book picks up with Sircha, Saengo, and Prince Meilek traveling into Nuvalyn to meet with the emperor. As a supposed soulguide, Sirscha is being welcomed with open arms, but she finds that the Nuvali knew about the Soulless the whole time and don't have any way of defeating him. Not only that, but Queen Meilyr has aligned herself with him and is threatening war with both other kingdoms, unless she and the Soulless can be stopped. All Sirscha wants is to be able to save Saengo from the Rot an This book picks up with Sircha, Saengo, and Prince Meilek traveling into Nuvalyn to meet with the emperor. As a supposed soulguide, Sirscha is being welcomed with open arms, but she finds that the Nuvali knew about the Soulless the whole time and don't have any way of defeating him. Not only that, but Queen Meilyr has aligned herself with him and is threatening war with both other kingdoms, unless she and the Soulless can be stopped. All Sirscha wants is to be able to save Saengo from the Rot and go home, but unless she figures out a way to stop the Soulless she won't ever be able to do that. I just re-read my review of book 1, and I have a lot of the same complaints. I don't really feel like Sirscha's character has undergone any kind of development, and I have no idea why Theyen keeps showing up to save her when she falls for another completely obvious trap. Or why Prince Meilek seems to like her, either. The Soulless, at least, was interesting, but if I never have to read about Sirscha mentioning Kendara's training again it'll be too soon. Overall, the plot was pretty standard YA fantasy fare, but the characters still leave a lot to be desired.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Because it had been so long since I had read the first book in the series " Forest of Souls" it took me a long time to figure out what was going on and to remember who everyone was. This book continues straight off where we left off in book one and takes us on some adventures I definitely had not anticipated. where the writing was still as well done as it was in book one, I found myself struggling to figure out what the exact conflicts where at certain points as there was so many sub stories tak Because it had been so long since I had read the first book in the series " Forest of Souls" it took me a long time to figure out what was going on and to remember who everyone was. This book continues straight off where we left off in book one and takes us on some adventures I definitely had not anticipated. where the writing was still as well done as it was in book one, I found myself struggling to figure out what the exact conflicts where at certain points as there was so many sub stories taking place with so many of the "tribes". This took my focus off the main plot and mission in the book and found it a little confusing at times. Unfortunatly this book just falls a little short for me. I would have like to have seen a clearer plot.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    3.5. Fast-paced and full of intrigue, I loved learning more about the world and the political machinations. I love Sirscha and Saengo's relationship and I just continuously want more of it. It's pretty well on par with the first in the series, both good at pacing, world-building, and action, in this book we get more history, but I still crave more time just developing relationships between Sirscha and the other characters. 3.5. Fast-paced and full of intrigue, I loved learning more about the world and the political machinations. I love Sirscha and Saengo's relationship and I just continuously want more of it. It's pretty well on par with the first in the series, both good at pacing, world-building, and action, in this book we get more history, but I still crave more time just developing relationships between Sirscha and the other characters.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I absolutely adore this series. I love Lori M. Lee as a person and as an author. She has truly outdone herself with the sequel to her ambitious Shamanborn series. If you like fantasy with incredible world building, complex female characters, strong platonic relationships, and POC, look no further. I implore you to give this series a chance. Sidebar- my absolute favorite character is the snarky, bad ass Theyen who ALWAYS makes an entrance.

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