Sunday, January 30, 2011

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

When Wayland North brings rain to a region that's been dry for over ten years, he's promised anything he'd like as a reward. He chooses the village elder's daughter, sixteen-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, who is a skilled weaver and has an unusual knack for repairing his magical cloaks. Though Sydelle has dreamt of escaping her home, she's hurt that her parents relinquish her so freely and finds herself awed and afraid of the slightly ragtag wizard who is unlike any of the men of magic in the tales she's heard. Still, she is drawn to this mysterious man who is fiercely protective of her and so reluctant to share his own past. The pair rushes toward the capital, intent to stop an imminent war, pursued by Reuel Dorwan (a dark wizard who has taken a keen interest in Sydelle) and plagued by unusually wild weather. But the sudden earthquakes and freak snowstorms may not be a coincidence. As Sydelle discovers North's dark secret and the reason for his interest in her and learns to master her own mysterious power, it becomes increasingly clear that the fate of the kingdom rests in her fingertips. She will either be a savior, weaving together the frayed bonds between Saldorra and Auster, or the disastrous force that destroys both kingdoms forever.

Alexandra Bracken, can I marry your writing? I rarely like fantasy books. The only fantasy books that I can remember liking are Harry Potter and The Iron King series. Luckily, another book has been added to that short list. Brightly Woven was captivating. Alexandra Bracken created an incredibly well developed world that I loved being in. Her characters were flawlessly written and fun to read about.
North is the ultimate love interest. He is snarky, flawed, stubborn, and utterly amazing. There were so many points in this book where I wanted to slap him, yet to many where I wanted to jump into Brightly Woven and give him a hug. Sydelle was a fantastic leading lady that I would love to be friends with.
Alexandra Bracken needs to write more books about North and Sydelle because I really want to visit them again.

FTC- Library.


Zoe said...

Awesome review :)

the Vintage Bookworm said...

As Zoe said before me, Awesome review.

I have had this on my to-read/wish list since hearing about it when it was on the list for the DAC.

But I still haven't read it. I really should up it on my list and check it out at the library. :)