Summary of Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken:
Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.
In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.
Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry. (Source:Goodreads)
My Review of Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken:
I have been wanting to read Brightly Woven for a long time; I don’t know why I put it off for so long! I had pretty high expectations, and this book met all of them. It isn’t going to stand out as an all-time favorite, but I definitely loved it.
As I was reading, I realized that North was reminding me a lot of Howl, from Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle. And that is a pretty huge compliment! They have a lot of things in common, both plot and personality wise. It is kinda funny that North was always described as being gross, dirty and stinky and I still managed to develop a huge book crush on him. Apperantly I’m not too picky when it comes to wizards. He was a great character! Cudos to Alexandra Bracken.
I absolutely adored Syd: she was tough, smart and stubborn as a mule. She cared a lot about her family, country and religion…and she went to great lengths to support her beliefs and ideals. Even when the going got tough, she was the one pushing forward and refusing to give up. Yay for strong female MCs!
As far as the plot of Brightly Woven goes, when it involves fantasy (especially wizards) and a quest of some kind…I’m in. This really was a great story, I couldn’t put the book down once I got into it, and I loved the world that Alexandra Bracken created.
She has definitely gained a fan, I can’t wait to see what she does next! I definitely recommend reading Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken!