When Wayland North brings rain to a region that's been dry for over ten years, he's promised anything he'd like as a reward. He chooses the village elder's daughter, sixteen-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, who is a skilled weaver and has an unusual knack for repairing his magical cloaks. Though Sydelle has dreamt of escaping her home, she's hurt that her parents relinquish her so freely and finds herself awed and afraid of the slightly ragtag wizard who is unlike any of the men of magic in the tales she's heard. Still, she is drawn to this mysterious man who is fiercely protective of her and so reluctant to share his own past.
As Sydelle discovers North's dark secret and the reason for his interest in her and learns to master her own mysterious power, it becomes increasingly clear that the fate of the kingdom rests in her fingertips. She will either be a savior, weaving together the frayed bonds between Saldorra and Auster, or the disastrous force that destroys both kingdoms forever.
First, I'd like to say that this book didn't disappoint me. There are lots of YA fiction nowadays that seems oh-so-good to read at first, but when you're finished, you find out it was actually just an 'okay' book. Brightly Woven, isn't one of those.
The main character of the story is Sydelle Mirabil, the best weaver in their water-deprived village. They all believe that the rain can be coaxed by the finest wizards of the Wizard Guards. But when it proved ineffective, they all lost hope. Enter Wayland North, a wizard who brought the rain in with him. He went traveling to search for proofs of the King's murder. A war is approaching between the ruling family's kingdom for the throne right of the deceased King. Sydelle's father demanded that she help North get to the Provincia to tell the Queen about the war. When North discovered who the culprit is throughout their journey, it is up to him and Sydelle to save their own Villages, and their own families.
I have to say that I'm glad for reading a book so thrilling, amusing, and fascinating. Plus, Wayland North is just so.....utterly charming. Definitely a must-read!