Saturday, August 14, 2010

Brightly Woven

Thoughts on "Brightly Woven" by Alexandra Bracken...

Sixteen year old Sydelle lives in a border town plagued by a ten year drought. When a cursed young wizard named North brings rain with his arrival, he asks for Sydelle as his only reward. While claiming her ability to weave made his choice--so she could repair his tattered magical cloaks--they leave the town on the heels of an invasion. In the weeks long journey to reach the Capitol they are hunted by North's archenemy, a dark wizard. Sydelle and North's relationship slowly develops even as she discovers he's been keeping devastating secrets from her. While finding herself, a war and the fate of empires are at stake. Sometimes stability can come from the most unstable of characters, with a little help from a magician.

My favorite part about this book is what Sydelle actually is. I love the idea of a "Jinx" in magical mythology. Someone who is born creating magic, rather than a wizard who would manipulate it. And then I love the costs of that existence.

The book was a bit slow to start. But once I got into it I couldn't put it down. If you've wondered about moods in relation to storms, this book might intrigue you. It's a fun read.

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