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Woven in Moonlight

Written by: Isabel Ibañez
Narrated by: Ana Osorio
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
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A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.

“A lush, vibrant feast of a book.” (Margaret Rogerson, NYT best-selling author of An Enchantment of Ravens)

“A wholly unique book for the YA shelf.” (Adrienne Young, NYT best-selling author of Sky in the Deep)

“A spellbinding, vivid debut.” (Rebecca Ross, author of Queen's Rising

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 princesa, 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.

©2020 Isabel Ibañez (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Montana
  • 27-02-20

Refreshingly different, wonderful debut novel.

This is a wonderful debut novel. It takes place in a world and culture not many get the opportunity to read about, so that was enriching. The descriptions and characters were well fleshed and I grew to care about them. The magic was also just enough to give the story some wonder and lightness.

My only cons are that many things were very repetitive (We get it, your parents died), some characters were lost and dropped very quickly towards the end but that happens even in the Harry Potter novels, and the romance seemed so slow and then so quick. But honestly, I've read far worse novels by authors who have written for YEARS.

This is a lovely and beautiful debut novel you will not regret reading. It's an easy and quick read as well, so no harm no foul if it's not your taste per say. At least you read a magical story about Bolivian politics and espionage (and there;s a llama!) :)

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  • Leigh Salgado
  • 24-02-20

And original book with a few flaws.

I Didn’t think I would ever see a book based on Bolivian history and culture, but here it is. The story moves along reasonably quickly, enough to keep one listening. If you know some about Bolivian politics, this book takes on a new meaning.

That said, there are things that could have been done better. They are not enough to mess up the story in my opinion, but they are there. Saying much more would be giving spoilers.

If a sequel of this book were to come out, I would buy it.

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  • SarahH
  • 31-01-20

Cool Premise, Terrible Execution, Meh Reader

The Good: a really cool magic system and setting. I loved the magical weaving. The premise sounded interesting in the summary

The Bad: Much of this story makes no sense and/or is repetitive. For instance, early in the book, the main character decides her mission is to find a magical item. Then about halfway through, she has an epiphany that GASP she needs to find the magical item. There is a lot of failed internal logic in this story. It really needed a solid developmental edit. The romance is tepid at best. And the main character seems unintentionally dumb. The plot and character development were just really disappointing.

The Meh: The reader for this book is just okay. She has a lovely voice, but there were weird pauses. Sometimes it was hard to tell who was speaking, if anyone. Also, there were several words she routinely mispronounced. Like "unbidden" was pronounced as un-bye-den. And that's just one example that came up several times. It seems like whoever edited the audiobook should have caught that.

Overall, I'm pretty disappointed. I really like this author on social media, and I was really routing for this book to be good. But I have to be honest and say, I can't recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-20

Great fantasy world.

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The characters are very likeable and the story kept me interested. The storyline is not necessarily original but the world in which it is set is great and I would want to know more about it. If there would be a second book, I would read it.