Friday, September 10, 2010

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Brightly Woven:
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.

Alexandra Bracken has created a vibrant world enriched with magic, adventure and romance. Sydelle and North journey across the country to bring an important message that may very well stop a war and save countless lives to the Queen and Sorceress Imperial (head wizard). What begins as a shaky friendship between them slowly grows into love as their time together lengthens and becomes more dangerous with every step of their quest. Filled with twists and turns this book kept me up all night until I finished every word there was to devour. A villain from North's past, both ruthless and filled with the vilest magic; will stop at nothing to ensure that the war will take place and destroying their very way of life relentlessly follows their every move. The pace of the book never slows, not even for a moment and each page flows relentlessly into the next until you have reached the very end of Alexandra's tightly woven tale...and you are left sitting in stunned silence.


  1. Okay Amy, yes this one I am interested in reading.... What is not to like mystery, magic, intrigue and romance all in one read!

    jackie ^_^

  2. So glad you liked it! I knew you would. I'm also glad I got you to read Brightly Woven.. Awesome review! :D


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