Hello everyone! I hope you’re doing well!
Today, I have a review of Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez. I was so excited to read this book when I heard about it and it didn’t disappoint. It sounded like it would be a different fantasy read, which it was and I really did enjoy it.
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Writing Style: I think that the writing style is where this book really shines. There are so many intricate details, described in a way that makes the reading experience so immersive. The writing style is truly so beautiful, lush, and all of the lovely words you can think of. It genuinely was a joy to read. I loved all the food descriptions!
Plot: I really liked the plot. It was interesting to have a protagonist acting as a decoy for a powerful figure, and being an influential character both because of that and in spite of that.
I also really like the messages in this book. At the start you’re reading in to, which side is good, and which side is bad, but as you read on, you realise it isn’t that simple.
Characters: Xiemena was a great protagonist. I found her to be very open-minded, considering her upbringing. She has sacrificed her identity, so that she can be her Condesa’s decoy, but she isn’t bitter about that. She’s very loyal, which makes it hard for her to do the right thing sometimes, but she still manages to.
I loved the entire cast of characters. I totally called the identity of our “masked vigilante” too, although I’m not complaining about that at all. And I adored our, “warm-hearted princess”.
Pace: The pacing was steady. No problems there!
I am so glad I read this book, and I can’t help but recommend it! I read it, because I loved that it was inspired by Bolivian politics and history. After reading it, I really want to research more into Bolivia. I loved the setting of this book, and I thought Ibañez included the culture really well.
The one thing I would have liked to see developed further was the romance, but apart from that this was a delightful read!