Monday, January 10, 2011

Review of Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Book:  Brightly Woven
Author:  Alexandra Bracken
Published by:  Egmont
Pages:  354

From GoodreadsSydelle 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. 

Brightly Woven was an enchanting story with as many twists and turns as a roller-coaster (I mean that in a good way).  There were surprises around every corner and a little more of the story was revealed with each town they visited on their journey.

Bracken had magical (figuratively and literally) characters that won't soon be forgotten.  Sydelle was spunky and a strong heroine.  She took risks and protected those she cared about.  Wayland was dark and secretive at first and then sweet and charming as your grew to know him.  

This magical world swept you away as you continued on Sydelle and Wayland's journey.  This writing was good, but I wish it was a bit more descriptive and had better transitions between scenes.  Sometimes it felt a little jumpy or just cut off.   Sydelle was suppose to be this amazing weaver and I wish the writing had been more like her weaving, colorful and full of imagery.

Overall I'd give this book ★★★ and 1/2


  1. This sounds pretty good! I don't usually gravitate towards high fantasy but I may give this one a try.

  2. How sad that you found the writing to be unsatisfactory... I'm glad you gave it a good rating overall though.

    This book has been on my wishlist for awhile... I can't wait to read it!



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