Friday, May 28, 2010

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Grade: A+


Just as the rains come after ten long, dry years, a young wizard, Wayland North, appears, to whisk Sydelle Mirabil away from her desert village. North needs an assistant, and Sydelle is eager to see the country--and to join him on his quest to stop the war that surely will destroy her home. but North has secrets--about himself, about why he chose Sydelle, about his real reasons for the journey. What does he want from her? And why does North's sworn enemy seem fascinated by Sydelle himself?


Character Development: 10/10
Originality: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 9/10
Voice: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Setting: 10/10!
Total Score: 68/70

Obtained: Gift from Elise (Thanks!)

Age Appropriate? PG

Cussing: Very little, if any.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc: Some drinking and drunkenness.
Sexual Content: None.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Some murder/graphic violence. Nothing too bad.


Definitely an adventure worthy of note. Brightly Woven was written with such startlingly vivid language and a brilliantly woven plot that I immediately fell in love with it! It was not at all what I expected. Somehow I had gotten it into my mind that this would be a "normal" tale, possibly involving fairies. Wow. I was so, so wrong.

This is fantasy at its best. This is what YA fantasy is about--romance, danger, magic! Alexandra Bracken blended the three with grace and skill and created a marvelously exciting world that I never, ever want to leave! It is perfectly balanced, not at all overwhelming, and just so addicting! Ah!

If you have any tiny trace of a fantasy lover within you--any at all--this is the first book you should read. You will not be disappointed. The characters are unique, wholly human, and simply fascinating. The world is beautiful. The plot is exhilarating. This is a masterpiece.


Alexandra Bracken
Backstories of the Book (coming soon on Alexandra Bracken's site)


  1. Ah love that last paragraph. I really should try this one :)

  2. Wow, it sounds like it was an amazing book! I do love fantasy, I will definitely be checking this book out. :D

  3. Meh. Brightly Woven was sort of a letdown for me. I thought the plot was unique from many YA fantasy books, and the cover is beautiful. I was so excited to add this book to my shelf.

    But then I read it. And I was very disappointed. The magic in the book is never thoroughly explained. Sydelle, the main character, was never consistent. Always flip-flopping between her emotions. By the end of it, I still didn't like her. And Henry. Well, he was quite the pointless character.

    All in all, Brightly Woven had the potential to be so much more than how it turned out. I felt like I was reading a rough draft instead of a finished product. The entire time I was reading, I kept hoping it would get better because I really did enjoy the story. All the elements are there, but Bracken just didn't go as in-depth as she should have. Just thinking about it frustrates me because I'll always think of what could've been.

  4. hey... read your review, went crazy trying to find it online. It's not that don't want to buy it, is that in my country is not available, and probably it will never be. Just wandering if u have it in a pdf file or something :P
    if not thanks anyway :)
    my email:


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