HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Fable Weaver
Author: Carlie Gernhart
Publisher: Clear Water Press, 2010
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 13 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Gernhart, Carlie. Fable Weaver (published in 2010 by Clear Water Press, P. O. Box 62, Olathe, KS 66051). Linnet Fairweather appears to be a typical teenage girl who lives with her mother and goes to school with her friends, Arkose, Izar, and Sekker. However, she is more than what she appears. She is a fable weaver whose words have influence over the storybook characters of Tierra Fabula, the place where characters go when their stories are over, and her three friends are actually guardian changelings. When fiction’s worst villain, the dark sorceress Morgan LeFay, escapes from prison and begins launching evil into the real world after imprisoning all the other fable weavers and guardian changelings, Linnet and her friends are forced to enter the pages of legend and try to find Merlin in an attempt to prevent both worlds from spinning out of control.
But can this young girl, the last fable weaver left, find the right words to save her friends and defeat the most twisted villain in literature? Or will the barrier between the real and the imaginary come crashing down forever, allowing Morgan to take control of both? Author Carlie Gernhart was homeschooled from the first grade. An avid reader and writer, she was one of the first students to complete the One Year Adventure Novel program, a writing curriculum aimed at homeschoolers that was developed in 2008 by publisher Clear Water Press. The novel she produced that year, Fable Weaver, was a finalist in the 2008 OYAN Student Contest. It involves dragons, unicorns, dwarfs, and changelings and demonstrates a sense of humor.
A few common euphemisms (darn, heck, blasted, gee) occur. Also, Linnet does lie on several occasions, but that fact plays an important role later in the story. One reviewer described it as “a roller coaster ride” with nail-biting suspense and drama. It is certainly an action-packed fantasy adventure that moves along with a rapid pace and will keep the reader’s interest. The only warning I would give is that there are some intense descriptions of people being skewered with swords or other sharp objects and blood gushing out all over the place. After all, it is about a battle between good and evil, and none of the violence is gratuitous, but squeamish people might like to know about it ahead of time. Otherwise, it is highly entertaining.