Rating – 4/5
I was seduced by that gorgeous cover. I really was, I read this with a great set of bookstagrammers as a part of a buddy read hosted by @chaibooksandthemoon on Instagram
This was a very fun book to read. The world-building was fantastic, the atmosphere captivating and the descriptions of the food, clothes and architecture made it very real and palpable.
Woven in Moonlight deals with the aftermath of a war through the eyes of Ximena who is a decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last Illustrian royal. When the current usurper Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, Ximena goes forth in her stead. She is happy to do so because it gives her the opportunity to spy on the enemy and help take revenge for her Condesa and her people.
The world setting was fantastic, based on Bolivian culture and history, the Latin-American representation was a very welcome aspect of the story. This was a very charming fantasy tale brimming with intrigue, romance, a swashbuckling Zorro-like vigilante, a plucky protagonist and delicate and alluring magic which include cute woven animals like a sloth, and a llama amongst others that come alive. I absolutely loved all the secondary characters in the book , so count me in for more novels set in the same world.
My only complaint with the book was that it was very predictable. I guessed early on the identity of El-Lobo ( The vigilante) and could see where the story was headed. Also, I wish the magic was explained a bit more. I love world-building and an explanation of this would have helped flesh it out a bit more and drawn you in completely. But clearly, that didn’t stop me from binge reading this delightful debut.