Ahoy there mateys!
brightly woven (Alexandra Bracken)
This novel was apparently written as a gift for a friend. This book has a rather simple feel to it but was entertaining. I think my major problem with it was that the two main characters are supposed to save the world. And of course they do, but the overall manner in which it happens did not do justice to the magic set up in the world itself or to the characters’ strengths and talents. Also there was not enough explanation of how the magic really worked at all though the concept was rather interesting. I would say the entertainment value is worth a read and it is definitely a good book in that it seems to have been written for that one friend in mind. A good first try and I will certainly try one of her next novels.
The author’s site has this to say about the novel:
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.
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