Pub. Date: June 1st 2010
Pages: 368 pages
Source: Library (ebook)
You're all going to laugh at me when I say this, but I thought this book was about mermaids. I took one look at the cover along time ago and thought "wow another mermaid book? I'll have to read it!". Well for those of you (probably none of you) who are as clueless as me, this book is not about mermaids.
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.
I don't like reading books that contain witches, or a lot of magic elements. It's just a personal preference. I was really tempted to put this book down once I found out the whole book is based around magic, wizards, and witches. I decided not to because at that time I was already into the book.
BRIGHTLY WOVEN did not take long to get me interested. From the very first page to the last I was entertained and I loved the entire story. Sure there were some slow points, but very few. The story was unique, adventurous, exciting, and just a fun read that is sure to keep you interested too.
I actually enjoyed reading about Sydelle and from her point of view. Most female protagonists these days can be so annoying, helpless, dumb, ect., but Sydelle kept my attention. Sure at times she could possibly be considered any of those adjectives, but not very often. She was smart, attentive, and a strong character. North was also a great character. He was swoon-worthy, but different from all those other "swoon-worthy male fictional characters". It was a nice change to say the least.
Overall for a book not about mermaids, this was a delightful read. It wasn't the absolute best, but I definitely think you should check it out if you haven't already!
Rating: 4 stars / 5 stars