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Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

March 29th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Availability: In stores now

Publisher: EgmontUSA

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars

Description from 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.

The pair rushes toward the capital, intent to stop an imminent war, pursued by Reuel Dorwan (a dark wizard who has taken a keen interest in Sydelle) and plagued by unusually wild weather. But the sudden earthquakes and freak snowstorms may not be a coincidence. As Sydelle discovers North’s dark secret and the reason for his interest in her and learns to master her own mysterious power, it becomes increasingly clear that the fate of the kingdom rests in her fingertips. She will either be a savior, weaving together the frayed bonds between Saldorra and Auster, or the disastrous force that destroys both kingdoms forever.

From what I’ve seen on other blogs so far apparently I am in the minority in being disappointed by this book.  It combined fantasy and romance and had me excited to start it but I did not really care for either of the main chracters.  Sydelle’s character seemed unrealistic.  Yes, I can understand she was upset at Wayland for not staying to protect her village but she totally seems to brush off the fact that her parents basically traded her away to Wayland.  I expected her to have some anger towards them and then eventually come to the realization that they wanted to get her away to safety but there was no internal struggle.  Watching Sydelle’s behavior she did not strike me as being mature enough to come to this realization right away.

Wayland’s character was hard for me to like as well.  He initially comes off as someone who loves to drink and doesn’t know his limits.  I think it was supposed to be implied later on he drinks because of his the pain from him curse but I don’t really buy it.  The way he acted towards Sydelle for much of the story made it hard for me to believe that she was starting to fall for him.  The connection seemed to come very abruptly to me.

The ending also seemed awkward.  I was surprised by how easily Sydelle seemed to be able to master and utilize her power just when she needed to.  The queen’s and the sorceress imperial’s behavior towards Sydelle seemed to swing back and forth on a whim.  I hate sounding so negative in a review but I really found this a hard book to get through.

That said, like I mentioned earlier there are quite a few people who loved this book.  Here are a couple more positive reviews from some blogs I enjoy following:

Posted in 2 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf

    I haven’t read this one yet, but it does sound interesting. From your review I’m a little skeptical, but I won’t let it hold me back, I’ll end up reading it someday, lol. Thanks for being so honest in your review, it’s greatly appreciated :)

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