This novel is how I met David, some years ago, when he asked me to critique it. I’m a blunt, detailed critiquer, and I’ll admit that I was a little worried over the reception of my feedback, worried enough that I sent him the first chapter to make sure he knew what he was getting into. Not only did David thank me, but he asked me to give him the full treatment.
That level of persistence marks both David and his characters, making the fact that he found a publisher for this wonderful story not surprising at all.
The Weaverfields Heir is a complex, multi-layered novel that reminds me oddly of Outlander, though I read the first version of David’s a long time ago and Outlander only recently. The story starts in modern times with an art teacher who chooses to leave her steady job in favor of trying to make a living as an artist.
However, she never gets the chance as, on the way home the day before leaving forever, she is struck by what looks like a net of awareness cast over everything. She’s thrown into sensory overload, the first step in a journey that takes her to discover the truth about her grandparents and her inheritance, an ancient estate, and the ability not just to see through the energy in everything but also to manipulate it.
The net has more power than that, though. It gives Kate, and later Joe, the ability to relive key moments in her family history, allowing the two of them to discover what has driven their ancestors in both selfish and altruistic ways.
This is a powerful story of motivations and destiny. Faced with the ability to learn from history, the main characters embrace it and grow not just from their own life experiences, but from the strengths and failures of those who came before.
While there’s a fascinating magic system, ultimately this is a people novel, focused on the complexities of a family divided and the impact of history and circumstance on the choices people make. It’s well worth giving a try.