Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I wasn’t able to pick up Brightly Woven again until bed time and then ended up staying up into the wee hours of the night because I couldn’t put it down. There was just something about it that just kept me reading. I loved the world that Bracken has created. Without using a ton of descriptors that can weigh a story down she’s created a rich and vibrant world that you can almost see out of the corner of your eye. I loved reading about Palmarta and am eager to learn more about it.
One thing that did grate a little was the ease in which certain events happened. Like in the beginning when North asked for Sydelle as his prize. There just seemed to be an utter lack of emotion on both sides and Sydelle accepted her fate with very little protest. Yes she had dreamed of leaving the village she lived in….but how likely is it for a girl to just say ‘ok mom & dad you have traded me away and so I’ll go with this strange man no problem.’ And yes I know that Sydelle isn’t a girl that I would run into on the street but it just didn’t ring true to me. I also found Sydelle to be a bit too trusting and easy going. I think she should have asked more questions, been a bit more suspicious of those around her….to have been a bit more feisty. Overall though I did like her interactions with North and did believe in how their relationship developed as the story progressed.
Brightly Woven isn’t a terribly complex story but it is one that sucks you in and that stays with you long after you turn the last page. Its the creation of a beautiful new world filled with magic and mystery and adventure. Brightly Woven is also a bit of a mystery and while the main plot is all tied up it does leave some lose threads dangling about. Just enough so that it leaves the reader wondering if there will be a sequel. To my knowledge nothing is currently planned but you can be sure that this reader has her fingers crossed that there will be one.
Brightly Woven officially hits shelves across the US tomorrow and I recommend that all lovers of the fantasy genre run right out and pick up a copy of their very own.* Because the more copies that you buy the more likely that I will get my sequel….and well….as you know it is all about me. So go forth and do my bidding!
Well…a girl can dream that would work.
*An ARC of this book was provided in exchange for my honest review. Any promotion that I give is a result of my honest love of the book and belief that others will enjoy it.