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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Braken

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized2 Comments

Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication Date: 23 Mar 10
ISBN: 1606840614
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 368
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Place(s) Traveled to: Cliffton, Palmarta; Dellark, Palmarta; Provencia, Palmarta; Fairwell, Palmarta; Arcaidia, Palmarta; Country of Auster

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis: When Wayland North brings rain to a region that’s been dry for over ten years, he’s promised anything he’d like as a reward. He chooses the village elder’s daughter, sixteen-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, who is a skilled weaver and has an unusual knack for repairing his magical cloaks. Though Sydelle has dreamt of escaping her home, she’s hurt that her parents relinquish her so freely and finds herself awed and afraid of the slightly ragtag wizard who is unlike any of the men of magic in the tales she’s heard. Still, she is drawn to this mysterious man who is fiercely protective of her and so reluctant to share his own past.

Due to the amazing goodness of the folks over at EgmontUSA I was able to get an advance copy of Alexandra Bracken’s Brightly Woven. This was one of the books on my must read list so you can imagine the happy dance I did when it came in the mail. You can also be sure that it wasn’t long after arrival that I was cracking this book open and diving into the story. Initially the story started off a bit slow and as I started it on a Sunday night I was able to put it down and go to sleep. So you can imagine my surprise when I found myself thinking about this story throughout the day and glancing longingly at my bag where my copy of the book was.

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!


*crickets chirp*

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.

2 Responses to “Brightly Woven by Alexandra Braken”

  1. Jenn-ay

    I want to read this book…I love the cover. And now I want even more b/c of your review…awesome job!!!