Publisher: Potter Press
Publish Date: June 3, 2013
Origins: From Publicist for Review
Format: Trade Paperback
Order Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: The Broken Circle is the first book in the Potluck Yarn trilogy by Cheryl Potter. Combining Fantasy with fiber, and including patterns to guide young readers in making the magical garments worn by the characters, Potter spins a tale redolent with magic and layered with themes of friendship, loyalty, good vs. evil, the value of natural resources, the meaning and texture of courage, and even mortality. Follow the twelve knitting witches through adventures fraught with mayhem and mischief and knit your way through 21 patters as the Potluck witches seek to save their world.
Twenty Years have passed since the fire beneath the great dyepot was lit and the circle was complete. Now, the folk of the Middlelands face a danger worse than any can remember.
Darkness and chaos threaten to destroy the delicate balance of the natural world, and the magic of the dye crystals that have always been a way of life and a great source of power for the people has been outlawed.
Review: ‘The Broken Circle’ is a novel about twelve Potluck witches – knitting witches who used crystals, herbs, and magical garments in the practice of their art. When a traitor is discovered in their midst, the circle is broken, magic is outlawed and war is brewing. ‘The Broken Circle’ is the story of the remaining witches making their way back to the Potluck to save their world. After each chapter there are links to knitting patterns for some of the items the characters carry (i.e. cloaks, satchels, etc.). I found Ms. Potter’s world well-developed and the characters interesting, but there was just something about the book which didn’t hold my attention. Unfortunately, ‘The Broken Circle’ was a book I couldn’t finish.
Potluck Yarn Trilogy: The Broken Circle (1), Secrets of the Lost Caves (2)