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He House of Webs but secretly knows she doesn’t really belong there She is hiding a shameful birth defect that would if anyone knew about it land her in the House of the Tainted a prison for those whose very existence is considered a curseWhen an unkno. 35 starsI m so happy that I gave this book a chanceIt s a Finnish fantasydystopian novel about an island slowly sinking into the sea and features a beautifully understated romance between two girls each carrying their own secrets and burdensI don t want to say too much about the plot and the characters at this point because I don t want to give away too much information it s best if you go and discover it by yourselfThe atmosphere that It ranta paints is dreamy and at times eerie The writing is beautiful and there are some truly stunning uotes the prose is rich and full of vivid imageryHowever there is also a downside to this I have to admit that I struggled uite a bit at the beginning the author doesn t do much explaining at start and you have to put together little pieces of information about world building and the characters as you read on Everything in this book feels dreamlike but that is not always good To me it was hard to get a good sense of the world and the characters because of the vagueness of the writing so it took me about 120 pages before I could actually enjoy the story and have a better idea about what s going on Other than that I LOVED the imagery that the book left in my mind all the sea green hues scent of brine and sea salty breeze empty halls gauzy webs floating in the wind the drowned streets of a doomed city and best of all the uiet sweet relationship that blooms between our narrator and a mute girl that one day appears at the templeI adore the world that the author created and the dreamy feeling that persists throughout the novelSo all in all it was a beautiful lyrical read but I had some issues with the sometimes too flowery prose and it took me really long to get into the storyWould I recommend it Well that dependsREAD IF you like to get lost in dreamy fantasy worlds you don t mind a slow read you re looking for something fresh and original you like a slow burn understated romanceDON T READ IF you are looking for a fast paced adventure this one is uite the opposite you dislike purple prose you need the world building and the characters to be well defined and have a strong sense of what is going on

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The City of Woven Streets

Wn woman with her tongue cut off and Eliana’s name tattooed on her skin arrives at the House of Webs Eliana discovers an invisible network of power behind the city’s facade All the while the sea is clawing the shores and the streets are slowly drowni. It s strange how books choose you I recently spent some days in Finland which had been my dream for years From day one I was looking for some beautiful Finnish literature to take home with me when the time came to go back And from day one I couldn t find any bookstores that had a separate space for Finnish literature translated into English Then the day after my birthday I was in Turku and it was really cold and I started going into malls and shops just to avoid the outside weather Then I found a bookstore just another one and surprise my so anticipated Finnish books in other languages area And it didn t take too long for me to choose because The City of Woven Streets had already claimed me as a reader since the first time I laid eyes on it This book wasn t perfect but there were so many perfect things about it Some people claim the first part before the plot really starts developing is slow and boring and I will agree that it takes time for things to really start happening but that whole slow beginning is my favorite part about this novel The way It ranta describes the island the Houses of Crafts the main character and her shadows the ink marking process the Council It s a weaver s work what she does there and I was completely hooked on it all along The prose she uses is beautiful uite poetic most of the time the kind of narrative that makes you picture every single detail feel every single emotion the characters are going through I don t think I would ever get tired of reading this authorThe main character was built slowly brick by brick the perfect image of someone completely subdue until doubt starts rising and none of it makes sense any Her journey was long and painful but it felt so realThe way the author portrayed dreams and nightmares light and shadow and the power of dreaming that was perfect too People forbidden to dream are people forbidden to see What wasn t perfect the shallowness of most supporting characters I didn t uite enjoy Biros and Lazaro but Moth Weaver Alva Janos and even Valeria could have been very interesting if explored the uickness of the plot itself the lack of a binding connection between Valeria and Eliana even when I think the romance was beautiful But you know it s all forgettable because the rest of the book was amazing and it had been a while since a novel surprised me this much in such a positive wayThis won t be the last I read by It ranta I can t wait for the next journey she ll take me on

Emmi Itäranta ß 5 review

The tapestry of life may be fragile than it seems pull one thread and all will unravelIn the City of Woven Streets human life has little value You practice a craft to keep you alive or you are an outcast unwanted and tainted Eliana is a young weaver in t. I am probably too tired to write a coherent review having travelled across Europe by train for twelve hours after five hours sleep Nonetheless I ll give it the old college try I enjoyed The City of Woven Streets than Itaranta s previous novel Memory of Water which I liked but found frustrating Her latest has of a fantasy atmosphere whereas her previous was explicitly post climate catastrophe science fiction The City of Woven Streets is also arguably sci fi but set in a distant enough future and containing enough fantastical elements that it felt like reading fantasy This seemed better suited to Itaranta s lyrical writing style which I can imagine might appeal to some than others I appreciate it once I get used to it although at first it seems to occlude meaning somewhat The reader gets a strong sense of atmosphere from the start however it takes longer to establish who the narrator is and what is actually happening Eliana s first person narration of Eliana does carry the reader along though and after about fifty pages I was carried away by the characters and story I do love that the majority of main characters are women with an interesting range of perspectives motivations and ethnicities The world building is also excellent this was a great strength of Memory of Water tooThere are two major things I also want to discuss one that I greatly approve of and another I m rather critical of but both are massive spoilers view spoilerFirst the good Memory of Water depicts a close friendship between two women that seemed ambiguously romantic to me Don t get me wrong I greatly enjoy female friendships in fiction That one seemed oddly ambiguous though which contributed to the overall rather insubstantial and ephemeral nature of the book As Eliana s connection to the mysterious Valeria developed I wondered if this was to be of the same But no Here the relationship turns romantic and sexual which remains extremely rare in fantasy and sci fi I grew rather invested in Eliana and Valeria as their love is beautifully depicted and the narrative delights in separating endangering and fake killing them Although it is poetically vague enough to be interpreted otherwise I choose to assume that the ending is happy and they re safe together On the subject of the ending I am critical I was disconcerted by the twist basically a deus ex machina that Eliana has magic powers Perhaps I failed to pick up on hints but this seemed to come out of nowhere I liked the awareness of a long term secret revolutionary conspiracy to uncover the truth about the oppressive anti dreaming regime and their use of tattoos for control Eliana s suddenly awakened mutant powers I m not sure how else to describe them fitted oddly with these political machinations Also it was a shame that Valeria was unable to communicate her views due to being mute I wanted to know what she thought of this peculiar turn of events Perhaps such a deus ex machina ending bothered me because I delight in trying to find allegorical meaning within dystopian fiction In this case the dystopia is uite stylised however there is some interesting stuff about biopower caste type systems and environmental degradation I m don t really know what to make of the ending though It felt odd and abrupt hide spoiler

10 thoughts on “The City of Woven Streets

  1. says:

    ''This night is different Sleep is thin in the house because strange blood is drying on the stones of the suare'' What is left when even the ability to dream literally is considered a crime? And even worse when your dreams are nightmares for which you may be punished severely? You are marked by society exiled to the House of the T

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    ♥ Huh huh siis huh huh

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    I am probably too tired to write a coherent review having travelled across Europe by train for twelve hours after five hours sleep Nonetheless I’ll give it the old college try I enjoyed ‘The City of Woven Streets’ than Itaranta’s previous novel Memory of Water which I liked but found frustrating Her latest has of a fantasy atmosphe

  4. says:

    4 to 45 stars In all honesty I felt a little lost during first 75 pages but once I got into the story I adored this This is

  5. says:

    35 starsI'm so happy that I gave this book a chanceIt's a Finnish fantasydystopian novel about an island slowly sinking into the sea a

  6. says:

    An atmospheric fantasy that serves up a frustration of characters and world buildingEliana is a young weaver in the House of Weavers one of several craft houses on an island where dreaming is forbidden Eliana can dream though which makes her

  7. says:

    It's strange how books choose you I recently spent some days in Finland which had been my dream for years From day one I was looking for some beautiful Finnish literature to take home with me when the time came to go back And from

  8. says:

    An enchanting tale of love and resistance Unexpectedly tender and heartfelt the story swept me away Itaranta has crafted a world of intrigue that both defies and embraces the many dystopian tropes weaving a story with a pattern uite unlike any other “The world is ready to drown The world is ready to rise” The synopsis describes the plot in barren terms The protagonist Eliana is a young weaver in The House of Webs whe

  9. says:

    I wanted to love this book so much And there were a lot of things in it that I loved the descriptions of the island the exuisite la

  10. says:

    Emmi Itäranta creates such wonderful worlds and places a female hero front and center First in Memory of Water and now in thisEliana doesn't waste time with irrelevant worries She's got plenty of all too relevant ones to worry abo

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