Review: Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Brightly Woven
by Alexandra Bracken
Kindle Edition, .369 pages
Source: Ebook - Own

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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.

Sydelle is from a village that is known for their sand.  It never rains and sand is there main source for trade.  Henry is her best friend and they have grown up in the same little village. Sydelle is a weaver and loves her loom.  She is creative and sews and weaves for her village. One day while Sydelle and Henry are gathering food it begins to rain and out of no where a wizard appears.  Not just any wizard Wayland North.  North has come to warn the villagers of the coming war.  As a thank you they offer North whatever he chooses. Well he chooses Sydelle.

He needs Sydelle to accompany him to the castle to stop the war.  The King has been poisoned and is now dead.  They believe a wizard is behind the murder and now WAR against the wizards is about to begin.  In order to avoid the impending war North must deliver a vital message to the castle.  That piece of information is who is really responsible for the murder of the King.  It is a rouge wizard who uses black magic.

Now Sydelle and North set out on an adventure to reach the castle.  Along the way Sydelle stops hating North for stealing her from her family and starts to care for him.  North's intentions towards Sydelle are selfish and protective at the same time.  North wants to protect Sydelle from the other wizards and herself but also he wants to use her to help him fight a cures that was placed on his family.

When Sydelle finds out what she really is, who she really is, and why North stole her, her feelings are twisted into anger towards North.  Now North must make Sydelle understand why he took her, save her from the rouge wizard, and protect her from all that want to use her.

While this story was a nice read, I did not really feel that connected.  I had this book on my TBR list for quite sometime so maybe I expected to much.  I liked Sydelle character but there was so little revealed about North that I found it hard to really feel anything for the character.  Even when you understand that he loves Sydelle.  I feel that very little action actually happens on the way to the castle and was a little bored with the story.  I feel disappointed in this book.

RATING: 2 STARS                                                                             



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