: Brightly Woven
: Alexandra Bracken
: 368 pages
: June 28th 2011 (paperback edition)
: purchased on Periplus.com
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.
Of alll things in life, forgiveness is the most difficult.
If we can forgive, we can let go of insidious anger that moves our souls to grief.
- Syd's father -
I think I haven't read fantasy YA before. I used to be a gamer who played RPG and this book brought some memories of it.
The idea is unique. Sydelle, our main character, is a weaver. Have you ever found a character with weaving as main abillity? Other character could have sword or staff or dagger, but Syd has loom. That makes her different and unforgetable.
The world building was not immense. I wish some places were described more detail. North and Syd visited many city and none of them caught my mind. I mean, nothing really distinctive or specific.
I like North and Syd being together, although I'm not a fan of them individually. I wished I could explore other characters since some of them are very interesting.