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
Overall Enjoyment: 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.
Backstories of the Book (coming soon on Alexandra Bracken's site)