Book Review - Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Monday March 15, 2010

Brightly Woven 
by Alexandra Bracken
March 23, 2010
Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.

In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.

Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry. 

Brightly Woven is an enchanting tale of magic, love and fates intertwined...and I loved it! A thoroughly unique story about Sydelle Mirabel who, aside from her gift as weaver, considers herself nothing special and lives a simple life as the village elder's daughter. Wayland North is a mystery to Sydelle...just when she thinks she understands his purpose in wanting her to travel with him to the capital city, she questions his real motivations...are they selfish or selfless? 

Sydelle's feelings for North aren't always clear to even herself and ditto with minute he is holding her hand and the next he is telling her to leave him alone. What secret is he keeping from her? Their long journey together proves eye-opening for both of them.

Another aspect that I really enjoyed about this story is that it wasn't predictable. As the reader you know that North is keeping secrets and that there is something special about Sydelle but nothing is obvious and that makes things much more interesting!

Other than some mild violence this is a very PG story along the lines of Graceling and The Demon King. A sure hit with the fantasy crowd!

Appropriate for ages 12 and up!

Review copy sent by publisher and donated to school library. 


Maria the Bookworm said...

This one sounds so good! Nice review :)

Emma Michaels said...

I want to read this so badly now! I will have to pick it up at the library. Great review!!!

Emma Michaels

Heather Zundel said...

I keep hearing nothing but praises for this book. It is making me quite excited for it to come out.