Hi guys!! How are you all doing today? It’s the middle of the week and I finally decided to upload all the pending reviews one by one! Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez is one of my favourite reads of the year!
Book Title: Woven in Moonlight
Author: Isabel Ibañez
Release Date: 7th January 2020
Genre: Fantasy | Fiction | Young Adult
Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.
When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.
She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa.
“Everything always seems sweeter in the minutes before darkness descends.”
Ximena, the decoy Condesa of the Illustrian people has a magical power – she can weave moonlight into woolen tapestries and sometimes they come alive.
When the false King Atoc demands that the Condesa marry him, Ximena puts the need of her people above her fears and decides to infiltrate the enemies as a spy to bring down the entire kingdom. Entering the enemy territory that was once her home, all she has to rely upon are her fire of revenge along with her magical powers of weaving with moonlight. However, as she spends time amidst the Llacsans responsible for taking care of her, doubts start creeping in about the cause she’s fighting for. When she realizes that everything is not as black and white as it seems and her devotion and loyalty to Catalina (the original Condesa) is questioned, she must stand for what she feels is right.
“Catalina says people are like books. Some you want to read and enjoy; some you hate before you’ve even read a word.”
Inspired by Boulivian culture and history, Woven in Moonlight is a tale of revolution and loyalty and standing up for what is right. This story is about Ximena as she explores the enemy territory and, in the process, begins to find herself. The book has strong characters that can be easily loved or hated. My personal favorite was Rumi for all his charming wits and comebacks. Ximena wins you over with her pure heart and intensions.
“Dressed in his usual black ensemble, he reminds me of the perfect night. The kind of night that makes you want to get lost somewhere. The kind of night that invites adventure and misbehaving.”
I really enjoyed how Ximena continues to grow and explore her strengths throughout the book. I also liked how the relationship between Ximena and Rumi grows from absolute hatred to a friendship to something more meaningful.
Though I would have liked if the author explored a bit more about the magical powers possessed by the main characters, but there was still enough magic to keep me intrigued. I am eagerly waiting for the author’s next book Written in Starlight which is also based in Inkasisa world.
“I don’t know who I am or where I belong, if anywhere at all.”