Published by Egmont on March 23rd, 2010
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
The day the rains came was like any other, blistering air coating the canyon in a heavy stillness.... Just as the rains come after ten long, dry years, a young wizard, Wayland North, appears, to whisk Sydelle Mirabil away from her desert village. North needs an assistant, and Sydelle is eager to see the country - and to join him on his quest to stop the war that surely will destroy her home. But North has secrets - about himself, about why he chose Sydelle, about his real reasons for the journey. What does he want from her? And why does North's sworn enemy seem fascinated by Sydelle himself? Through a journey that spans a country, magic and hard-won romance are woven together with precision and brilliant design by a first-time novelist.
Seemingly forever stuck in her small desert village, Sydelle Mirabil, never expected the end of a ten-year drought to bring so much hardship and sorrow. Startled awake in the middle of the night, a brewing storm threatens the safety of the quaint village. Forced to flee with a mysterious, young wizard and equipped with her loom, Sydelle more or less accepts the deadly challenges that may lay ahead. Literally swept off her feet, Sydelle and Wayland North trek across the country, wary of the dangers that lurk in their paths. Murderous wizards and painful pasts attempt to detail their month long journey in seek of help, raising tensions and their worth of each other’s company. The ahead journey is long and tiresome, requiring every ounce of strength, courage, and bravery they can muster. Sydelle must see past the lies that obstruct her from reaching a future without war. A beautiful tale of adventure filled with friendship, magic, and love. Over the course of the book, secrets run wild, jerking the story from one direction to another. Don’t get too comfortable, because your heart will be racing within minutes after picking this book up. I’m not normally one to like the added romance in the mists of an epic fantasy, but I don’t think I would’ve liked it as much without it. Sydelle and Wayland have their struggles from time to time, making the story even more believable and interesting. Their relationship may have a few strained threads, but overall they weave together in an adorable way. Throughout the book, Sydelle proves that she doesn’t need someone continuously protecting her. Her determination and stubbornness are something I think many people can relate with. Oh my goodness, the world building in this book is phenomenal. I lost myself immediately! I’m very drawn to these particular stories. The unique adventure, the overwhelming sense of danger, and thrilling climax keep your eyes glue to each page, thirsty for more. I’m a huge fan of the unexpected twists and turns, although they did jackknife my heart a few times. I bought this book at my local library’s book sale only because of the author! I was completely taken aback when I discovered that Brightly Woven was Alexandra Bracken’s debut novel. I felt as if I had discovered a hidden gem beneath the tattered, yellow-paged paperbacks. Bracken’s writing is truly breathtaking and extremely entertaining to be enveloped in for long periods of time. I greatly admire her as a writer and all of her works. Her characters are thoroughly developed, exhibiting weaknesses and strengths in numerous categories. This book is definitely one of my all time favorites!