Brightly Woven: The Graphic NovelFeatured
Extraordinary things just don't happen to fourteen-year-old Sydelle Mirabil, a talented weaver who dreams about life outside of her tiny village. But that all changes when a mysterious young wizard named Wayland North appears and asks for Sydelle's help. He's got a shocking secret that could stop a war between kingdoms-if he can reach the capital with the news in time. North needs a navigator who can mend his magical cloaks, and Sydelle is perfect for the job.
As Sydelle and North race against the clock to deliver their message, they must contend with unusually wild weather and a dark wizard who will do anything to stop them. But the sudden earthquakes and freak snowstorms may not be a coincidence. As Sydelle discovers more about North's past and her own strange abilities, she realizes that the fate of the kingdom may rest in her fingertips.
As they travel together, Sydelle has strange dreams of her weaving and magic at night while running from the army and a rogue wizard. This other wizard practices dark magic and is trying to prevent them from getting their information to the queen in time. They must work together to get there in time and have any chance of stopping war.
What I loved: The story was really engaging, and I loved the way the magic is portrayed in the images. Along these lines, the illustrations were phenomenal, really bringing the story to life, capturing emotions, and the use of color was brilliant- with muted tones when emotions call for it and bright ones elsewhere. The amount of text was perfect to keep the book moving quickly, with mostly dialogue that was clearly attributed. This was a graphic novel that was easy to read- and definitely readable in an afternoon, which is great because it was hard to put down.
The plot and novel move quickly here, and we get the key information presented throughout, though the format cannot delve as deeply into history and world-building as would probably exist in the full novel. Regardless, there is definitely enough information to understand what is going on and who all the players are. The story itself is really great too, with fun characters and lots of adventure.
What left me wanting more: The only thing I would want is more. While the story is adequate, it would have been fun to delve deeper into the world, magic, and the events that unfold (though I know this would have made the novel too long). There are also a few places that felt like abrupt switches, and characters that were not fully developed but important enough to appear and be named. It's just a great story and intriguing world, and I wanted more of it!
Final verdict: With fantastic illustrations, great characters, and a world of magic, BRIGHTLY WOVEN is an enthralling graphic novel adaptation that happily consumes an afternoon. This has definitely inspired me to check out the full novel, and I would highly recommend for fans of fantasy adventure, magical worlds, and strong graphic novels.