Woven in Moonlight | Book review

W O V E N   I N   M O O N L I G H T

Author: Isabel Ibañez40877706._SY475_

Publisher: Page Street Books

Release date: 7th January 2020

Page count: 384

Goodreads Synopsis: 

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.

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When I saw the cover of this book, I completely fell in love. I mean how beautiful are the illustrations. I loved finding out how the pictures relate to the story as I read. This book is not short of prettiness, with the cover and little illustrations on the pages. It is quite enchanting! Well lets get to the review!

This book follows Ximena, a decoy for the Condesa. Her people have lost everything, when King Atoc used a magical relic to drive her people, The Illustrians out. Now they are homeless and starving. Ximena is raging with revenge and when the Condesa is demanded to come to court to marry the King Atoc, Ximena uses this as an opportunity to get her revenge and restore her people to their rightful place.

I really did enjoy this book, it was very surprising for a debut novel. I admit it was quite slow for me at the beginning, it took me a while for the book to launch its claws in me and hold me in place until I finished. When the pace picked up, I felt like the story ended too soon.

I enjoyed the vivid and lush imagery of the world created by the author. The atmosphere was enthralling and descriptive. The details of food, clothing and palace made the world feel real. I really felt the culture and Bolivian politics in the story was refreshing and unique. The writing was light and it easy flowed within the pages, it was lyrical and beautiful. The magic in this story of weaving and reading stars really gave it that unique and fresh taste as well. I also really enjoyed the romance, it was a slow burn which I adored of course. 

I think this was a really impressive debut, although I felt the plot was quite underwhelming and predictable at times, and that suspense and thrill of Ximena being in enemy territory, the tension and her feelings towards that wasn’t properly demonstrated. I still recommend this book, I had a few problems but it also surprised and it had some unique twists that I really enjoyed.

                      RATING: 🌟🌟🌟

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

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