Title: Woven in Moonlight
Author: Isabel Ibañez
Genre: Self Improvement
Publisher: Page Street Books
Publication Date: January 7th 2020
Page Count: 384
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.
Thanks Christina for lending me her copy to check out!
Woven in Moonlight is a standalone YA fantasy novel inspired by Bolivian history, and packed with magic, romance, and action.
- First of all, the cover is gorgeous. I have no shame in saying it was why I picked up the book. (Aside from having Christina recommend it to me)
- This is my first time reading a Latinx, and I’m amazed by how rich the novel is in culture and traditions. I loved reading about all the cultural foods as well as the festive atmosphere of Inkasia. If there’s one word that I would use to describe the world, it would be colorful. The description of the salteñas and sandwich de chola left me salivating. (Reminder to self to try out Bolivian style cuisine once quarantine is over)
- Ximena a really smart and likable character. She’s witty and intelligent, and what I’m most happy about is that Isabel Ibañez didn’t try to blindside her when it came to solving the identity of El Lobo, the vigilante that has bee helping both the Illustrians and . Ximena was solving the mystery alongside the readers. And bless Isabel, because there wasn’t any unnecessary dramatic irony or any of those moments where you wanted to shake the book and be like “HOW COULD YOU BE SO BLIND, XIMENA”, because the author saved us from that.
- Sorry, short personal rant, but this “smart protagonist who’s stubbornly blinded from the truth” trope is so frustrating to read, and I’m was over the moon when Woven in Moonlight did not have any of that.
- There’s some pretty bad ass action in the book as well. I mean, we all stan a self-sustainable sword-wielding protagonist who doesn’t take crap from anybody, right? Romance, while present, was not one of the central themes in the novel, and it was refreshing to see a slow burn done right, where the romantic interests of Ximena was not the focus point of the novel.
- But on a more serious note, Woven in Moonlight is a YA fantasy book with a historical setting in Bolivia and delves into its heritage and history. The novel is inspired by the Bolivian Revolution and brings to light much of the politics and history involved through a creative medium. I enjoyed watching the character growth in the characters as they begin to see the other side’s perspective and learn to reform their beliefs.
It was a really enjoyable and quick read. While this is a standalone, Isabel Ibañez is writing another book that is set in the same world! I look forward to checking it out 🙂