Thursday, October 14, 2010

Brightly Woven

Sydelle has lived nearly her entire life in severe conditions of drought. The day the rains finally come is the day everything changes for her.  She finds herself leaving home in the company of a wizard, traveling across the land with vital information that they hope will prevent a war.  Sydelle has long dreamed of seeing what lies beyond her own small village, but she never envisioned that she'd have to leave everyone and everything she cared about in order to do so.  She quickly learns that North, the handsome young wizard she accompanies, is keeping secrets from her, and the more she learns about his hidden agenda, the less inclined she is to trust him.  Still, a war is brewing, and it seems that there are things that she, a simple girl with a talent for weaving and needlework, can do to stop it.

This is an enchanting fantasy novel for teens that will appeal to adult readers as well.  It embodies many themes typical of fantasy novels, but there are also many original and surprising elements as well.  Sydelle is an admirable heroine, strong and resourceful, willing to make sacrifices, and brave enough to follow her heart, even when she's not quite sure where it's leading her.  I look forward to seeing further work from Alexandra Bracken after reading this delightful first novel.

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken (Egmont, 2010)

6 comments:

  1. Sounds like my kind of read ;)

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  2. Mariel - Yes, I think it does! :-)

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  3. Oh, I like the sound of this one. Always enjoy 'travelling' fantasies. I will check it out.

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  4. Cath - I think you'll enjoy it! It did feel a bit compressed at times - as though it could have easily been broken up into a couple books, with so much going on, but still, it's very enjoyable.

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  5. This really sounds good--very appealing. Would it be okay for middle grade readers?

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  6. Willow - I think so, although I tend to get sucked into the story and not think objectively about things like that. There is some romance, but nothing graphically sexual that I remember, and there's a bit of violence (there's a war brewing), but yes, I think it would be fine for a middle school library.

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