Woven in Moonlight
by Isabel Ibañez
Publisher: Page Street Books
Release Date: January 7th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.
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.
I really enjoyed this book! It felt refreshing, new and full of magic. The storyline was incredibly interesting and while I have seen this trope before (I mean, Star Wars!) I thought it was uniquely written with cultural significance that made it stand out. The main character was likable and the plot was easy to follow. It was a short read which I would highly recommend if you are not the type to read longer books.
I love learning about different cultures in books and I definitely appreciated parallels and Bolivian influences that made me curious to learn more. The magic system was truly unique and awesome. I absolutely loved it and want to know more! Unfortunately this is a standalone title but there is going to be a COMPANION novel written in the same world! I am so excited to see what Isabel comes up with next.
The plot of this book was intriguing and it was fueled by passion and emotion, which make for a great story. I actually loved Ximena’s fire and her ability to blend in when needed but also find out what she needed to in order to keep the story moving. I mean, she is able to weave messages into tapestries, that is so cool! At least, I thought it was and started a new magic system I can’t wait to learn more about.
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Isabel Ibañez was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and is the proud daughter of two Bolivian
immigrants. A true word nerd, she received her degree in creative writing and has been a
Pitch Wars mentor for three years. Isabel is an avid movie goer and loves hosting family and
friends around the dinner table. She currently lives in Winter Park, Florida, with her
husband, their adorable dog, and a serious collection of books. Say hi on social media at
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