Monday, April 13, 2015

Cogweaver: GnomeSaga (Book III) - by Kenny Soward - Effective conclusion to this sword and sorcery trilogy

5 of 5 Stars     Review Copy

A fitting conclusion to the GnomeSaga series. Personally, I'm into horror, I make no bones about it.  I've often said sword and sorcery is not my thing, although I've read and enjoyed both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings more than once.  So to give 5 stars to Cogweaver is really saying something.

From the beginning of the story, in Rough Magick and continuing through Tinkermage, there has been a storm brewing, a war that will pit Gnomes against seemingly unbeatable forces led by the mysterious baron and his army of Ultraworlders.  But the Gnomes are not without friends and a few surprises.

In addition to the epic battle scenes, there's also the storyline of Niksabella and her mother's quest to become a goddess, a proposition that doesn't sit well with the cogweaver, but the alternatives are even worse.

The battle scenes are well-written and as in any war, there are devastating loses.  I even shed a tear while reading this one.  The sign of a good story is one that moves you. Cogweaver did just that.  It may be sword and sorcery, with gnomes, orcs, stonekin, and many other fantastical characters, but it's also a damn fine story.

Cogweaver is available now in both paperback and kindle formats from Ragnarok Publications through

To get the full experience of the GnomeSaga series, I recommend reading all three books, Rough Magick, Tinkermage, and now Cogweaver.

In addition, a quick shout-out to Cover Artist Arman Akopian for another eye-catching cover.

Highly recommended.


  1. I totally agree on the emotional resonance of the story. I felt each loss on a level that frankly surprised me. It's a gift to write characters that are so well delineated and have enough roundness to connect with the reader on such a personal level.

  2. Thanks for the comment Edea. It's appreciated.