Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Woven In Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a physical copy of this beautiful book.
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.
This was even better than I expected!
I flew through this book. It’s the first book in awhile that I wanted to stay up and read. I loved the writing and the story.
This book takes place in Inkasisa. There have been wars and revolts. The Illustrians are barely surviving in their keep. They used to be in power until the revolt. Now the king Atoc rules with the Llacsans. Ximena was found ten years earlier, her parents dead. A woman, Ana, brought her to the keep. She looked a lot like Catalina, the Condesa. They were switched, kept hidden for a bit, and no one noticed a difference. Ximena was the Condesa and would die to protect Catalina. The Illustrians hated the Llacsans. They wanted revenge for the death and for their hunger. Atoc is a terrible ruler who has been planting and selling Koka, a drug, instead of food in a lot of the farms. Atoc’s magic allowed him to create earthquakes which is what killed Ximena’s parents and Catalina’s mother, the queen. He used a gem called the Estrella to summon ghosts to fight with him. Thousands died.
A messenger arrives from Atoc. They have some prisoners that include Ana. The king is willing to work things out if the Condesa marries him. Ximena goes in Catalina’s place, promising to get messages to her. Ximena was to find the Estrella so that Catalina could take over and rule. Atoc is even worse than Ximena thought. He’s abusive and tortures and mutilates people that don’t follow and praise him. Atoc also has a priest that uses blood magic to torture and kill.
Ximena has a gift from Luna. She can weave moonlight into her tapestries. Moondust is left behind and can be used to make people fall asleep. While in the castillo, Ximena discovers that her gift is even more special. She knows she can use it to help her people. There are certain people that take care of Ximena. Rumi is a healer that always sucks up to Atoc in public. Juan Carlos is a guard who always seems happy and relaxed. Suyana is one of her maids. When the king announces the marriage, he declares that Princess Tamaya will be sacrificed. She’s been kept hidden with no access to anyone. There is one exception. El Lobo. He’s the vigilante that keeps escaping from capture, even in the castillo.
While staying in the castillo, Ximena learns a lot about the history of her country and starts to wonder whose side she should be in. Her hatred of Llacsans starts to melt and she actually considers some friends now. But Catalina is her best friend, her sister. She’s been taught one story and now knows another.
This book was full of action, politics/history, and relationships. The pacing was great and the story flowed so well. I just wanted to keep reading, even after finishing it.
I gave this book 5 stars. Thank you to Page Street for sending me a hardcover for review.
Warnings for war, deaths, torture, forced marriage, abuse, and talk of a past marriage between a 15 year old and an adult.
Sometimes, when my temper gets the best of me, I’m secretly pleased. That’s the real me breaking through the mask.
“Not every fight can be won by fists and swords,” she says softly.
The basket is a riot, a parade, a fiesta of color, and I want to dive into it with both eyes open.
I work for a nonchalant tone. “It’s strange I don’t fit into the box you made for me?” paragraph The smallest of smiles. “Everyone makes boxes. It’s human, I think. You made one for Llascans.”
“I like to stab things. Heights really bother me. I need coffee every day, and I’m not that excited to be getting married.”
“Why is it so hard to believe that even enemies may want the same things?”
I don’t know who I am or where I belong, if anywhere at all.
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
PRIZE: Win a copy of WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT by Isabel Ibañez (US/CAN Only)
STARTS: 20th January 2020
ENDS: 3rd February 2020
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