The Game Weavers

The Game Weavers

4.13 (15 ratings by Goodreads)
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4.13 (15 ratings by Goodreads)

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'He spreads out his hands. They glow yellow, then orange. Threads emerge from underneath his nails, shining out of the skin. They weave themselves together, the fingers knitting their light-made lace until the threads form a fabric heading out of the glass panes and towards the fields. They cross the glass without so much as a shudder. Seo crafts his land.'

Seo Kuroaku has it all. Adopted as a boy by the formidable Sir Neil, he's the youth champion of Twine, the high-pressured national sport. Played in arenas where thousands come to watch, weavers craft creatures from their fingertips to wage battle against fearsome opponents. But this is a Britain of much darker times - and Seo is harbouring a secret.

When he is outed, Twine can't help him. With the help of his little brother Minjun and Jack, the man he can't decide if he loves or not, Seo has to find a way to get his life back on track, whilst facing the biggest match of his life.

In The Game Weavers, Rebecca Zahabi has created a fantastical yet hauntingly contemporary narrative which is both love story and fable - The Game Weavers is a coming of age story about the importance of intimacy, family and self-acceptance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 370 pages
  • 130 x 195 x 15mm | 357g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1916204228
  • 9781916204225
  • 1,986,888

Review quote

"This is one of those books that I wish was around when I was growing up. A fantastic blend of fantasy, magic, and the very real struggle of learning to love and

accept yourself as you really are."

Jade Marie

"Zahabi uses the magical game of Twine to challenge the misogyny and homophobia prevalent in many sports, whilst also presenting a sensitive coming-of-age narrative that will be familiar to many gay people struggling with identity." Rachael, Scorpio Book Dreams

"Well thought out and intricate."

Lauren, Northern Plunder

" Rebecca Zahabi has created a really unusual story, blending futuristic fantasy with dystopian undertones and contemporary YA. There are some hard hitting themes running throughout, including explorations of internalised homophobia, which make the story compelling and heart breaking. The Twine magic system is fun and creative

but has a dark edge to it."

J J Eden

"Rebecca Zahabi is a master at twisting the reality

we know into something new and exciting. Game Weavers is easily one of my favourites from the year so far." The Queen of Teen Fiction

"Game Weavers conjures a world fall of love, friendship, family and a character who finds how to truly love himself. Captivating and raw, Zahabi takes us to a world that is equal parts magical and heart wrenching, with characters who fight for what they truly believe in."

Amy Powis, powisamy

"A book for modern times - technology, family and finding who you are in the LGBT community."

Chloe Metzger

"Fascinating... Very intense."

The Moon Kestrel

"The Game Weavers by Rebecca Zahabi tangled its twine around me within the first couple chapters and didn't let me go."

Imogen's Typewriter

"Zahabi's immersive world building captures a dynamic game of strategy, not unlike Pokemon or World of Warcraft on the page."

Charlotte Molton at

"Game Weavers is a great story about a professional game player, but far more it's about family, loyalty, responsibility and finding your own place in this world. It's a good read for any young adult looking for the confidence to be who they are."

The Brick Castle

"A gripping novel of the future of games. The stakes are high; the characters involving; the storytelling direct and elegant." Geoff Ryman
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- 15 ratings
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4 60% (9)
3 13% (2)
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