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A graphic novel about discovering your own power. 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 A graphic novel about discovering your own power. 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.


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A graphic novel about discovering your own power. 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 A graphic novel about discovering your own power. 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.

30 review for Brightly Woven: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katerina

    ko-fi • Instagram • TikTok ** Thank you to Disney-Hyperion and the author for sending me an ARC of this graphic novel. This was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. Character - 5.5/10 I wanted to like Sydelle and North so bad...but I know nothing about them. Sydelle is your typical strong-headed sassy female and North is mysterious with a sad past. There is nothing really original about them. I also felt like they didn't change by the end of the graphic novel; and while there is hint of the ko-fi • Instagram • TikTok ** Thank you to Disney-Hyperion and the author for sending me an ARC of this graphic novel. This was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. Character - 5.5/10 I wanted to like Sydelle and North so bad...but I know nothing about them. Sydelle is your typical strong-headed sassy female and North is mysterious with a sad past. There is nothing really original about them. I also felt like they didn't change by the end of the graphic novel; and while there is hint of the second book, I still wish we got more character build. Also the bad guy...he was in the graphic novel for maybe 5-6 pages...I still don't understand why he became evil and what really is going on there. Atmosphere- 6/10 There was definitely a lot of traveling involved in this small graphic novel and you get to see the outside world and some world build. I just felt like more could have been played up. You got to see many cities but I would have liked more time and explanation in each of them. Also, I really don't understand the magic system. There are those called "magically inclined" and then those that are "wizards" but there is no explanation into the magic system. Yes, you can't use large dialogue in graphic novels, but with a magic system it still needs to be explained some-how. Whether through art or through a little dialogue here and there. If they can do it in the large Marvel universe they can do it here. Writing/Art Style- 7/10 The art style was gorgeous, everything was so vibrant with colour and colour played a huge role in this graphic novel. I loved the artists style and found it very whimsical. It was stunning. However, there were many times where the words didn't match up with the scene...or more the art didn't convey the words very well. As in the action and words didn't match up at times. I also felt like the flow was very choppy and parts of dialogue that should have been in were missing. It camedown to poor adaption from book to graphic novel. Plot- 6/10 The issue with adapting a novel into a graphic novel is that you have to leave out a lot of pieces - plot, dialogue, character build, etc. I think it's a very big challenge to make sure everything is captured so there are no plot holes or confusion. Unfortunately, that is what happened with this adaptation. There were many times that I felt like things were left out when they shouldn't have been, or random parts of the plot that did not fit at all. There were moments when I really didn't know what was the climax or what was the push in the story and was very disappointed. I always struggle with novel to graphic novel adaptions for this reason. If you are going to adapt a book into a graphic novel you need to make sure that the key points to the story are there and if not you need to make sure it's conveyed in the art, which it wasn't. Also there was this entire back story about a potential war, assassinations, goddesses, etc. and we really get no explanation in any way shape or form in this g.n. Which made this entire novel all that more confusing. I mean there were a few flash backs but none that connected to the big issue which was preventing a war. Intrigue- 6/10 Do the fact that I felt like there were things missing, I found myself very bored with the graphic novel. Nothing held my attention for very long. Yes the art was beautiful but the story needs to be beautiful as well. Logic - 5.5/10 This falls the same as the plot, because there was a poor transition from book to graphic novel and that pieces were missing...things just felt wrong. There was once instance in the graphic novel where the parents send Sydelle a letter....but they should have no idea where she is....she NEVER TOLD THEM. Or the beginning, there was NO LOGIC for Sydelle to leave her family and go on this adventure with a strange boy. None what so ever. There was nothing building up to her leaving and yet she just decides to leave, without telling her family. The logic is just not there. So many times I was flipping back saying "what...what is going on?" and I don't like getting that feeling. Enjoyment- 6/10 I loved the art work and I loved what they were trying to do with the plot, other than that I was just not impressed. I think the adaptation was done poorly and that there was a lot of important plot information that was left out. I really wanted to love this graphic novel but it just fell flat for me. **I use the CAWPILE rating system created by BookRoast to do my reviews

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Naomi

    4.5stars!!! This was so much fun, the illustrations were gorgeous and i loved the story

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    A really lovely graphic novel adaptation of a book I’ve been meaning to read for YEARS. (One day.) It was fun and interesting and the magic system was quite unique too!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    This graphic novel adaption of Bracken’s YA novel of 2010, revolves around a young magician and a weaver. Fourteen-year-old Sydelle is a talented weaver who is enlisted by Wayland North to mend his magical cloaks. The two set off on a journey to warn the king of an assassination plot by a dark wizard. Along the way, the two teens come face to face with dark magic along with unusual and dangerous weather. Could Sydelle be causing the earthquakes and blizzards and might she have magic herself? The This graphic novel adaption of Bracken’s YA novel of 2010, revolves around a young magician and a weaver. Fourteen-year-old Sydelle is a talented weaver who is enlisted by Wayland North to mend his magical cloaks. The two set off on a journey to warn the king of an assassination plot by a dark wizard. Along the way, the two teens come face to face with dark magic along with unusual and dangerous weather. Could Sydelle be causing the earthquakes and blizzards and might she have magic herself? The bright and colorful illustrations are filled with action and expression that complements the tale of an epic journey. The relationship between the two teens grows throughout their journey from resentment to friendship with perhaps a hint of romance. This is a fun action filled adventure.

  5. 5 out of 5

    j o a n n a ☀️

    I'm so glad I picked this up, because I really, really loved it. Not going to lie I picked it up completely because of the cover and I'm so glad it was just as good inside. One of my favorite things about it was the gorgeous artwork. It was so beautiful and immersive. The illustrator did a fantastic job with showing the character's emotions on their faces. The story, although obviously heavily condensed was also so fun. It give me major Howl's Moving Castle vibes and I know I'll be rereading it I'm so glad I picked this up, because I really, really loved it. Not going to lie I picked it up completely because of the cover and I'm so glad it was just as good inside. One of my favorite things about it was the gorgeous artwork. It was so beautiful and immersive. The illustrator did a fantastic job with showing the character's emotions on their faces. The story, although obviously heavily condensed was also so fun. It give me major Howl's Moving Castle vibes and I know I'll be rereading it a lot. It just has such a comforting feeling to it. I am really excited to pick up the actual book, hopefully I can find a copy, because it is out of print. I would definitely recommend this. 🪙🔮🧵

  6. 5 out of 5

    Caylie Ratzlaff

    AWWWWWWW. My HEART. The art is BEAUTIFUL. I haven't read the book this is adapted from, but i wish they would do this for more "older" fantasy novels. Ugh, I need MORE. AWWWWWWW. My HEART. The art is BEAUTIFUL. I haven't read the book this is adapted from, but i wish they would do this for more "older" fantasy novels. Ugh, I need MORE.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Beautifully done!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Annika Ballestro

    The illustration was fine but this comic really is just a bland summary of what happened in the actual book. What I liked about the first book was the wit and sarcasm of the characters dialogue and that is completely forgotten in this comic. Really feels like I just speed-read the actual book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rylee Keeley

    super cute for a kids graphic novel. i liked the main characters but since it was so short there wasn’t too much character development. 3.5 ⭐️

  10. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I really enjoyed this fantasy graphic novel, it was a great way to read some fantasy for those of us who aren't huge fantasy fans. I really enjoyed this fantasy graphic novel, it was a great way to read some fantasy for those of us who aren't huge fantasy fans.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I will say I enjoyed the original story more, but this was a fun adaptation!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/kidsfi... BRIGHTLY WOVEN: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL is an engaging adaptation of a fantasy book into graphic novel format. Sydelle is a young weaver in a small town when a wizard arrives chased by an army. The young wizard has a cloak in need of mending, as his cloaks help him to work his magic. Sydelle helps him, and when the army arrives sooner than expected, he enlists her help to escape them and get to the capital, where he hopes to stop the imp See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/kidsfi... BRIGHTLY WOVEN: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL is an engaging adaptation of a fantasy book into graphic novel format. Sydelle is a young weaver in a small town when a wizard arrives chased by an army. The young wizard has a cloak in need of mending, as his cloaks help him to work his magic. Sydelle helps him, and when the army arrives sooner than expected, he enlists her help to escape them and get to the capital, where he hopes to stop the impending war. He has evidence about who actually poisoned the king, and it is not the neighboring kingdom people expect. 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. Please note that I received a review copy. All opinions are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    Relations between Palamarta and Auster have always been tense, but after the death of the king of Palamarta, the two countries are at the brink of war. Sydelle Mirabel, a talented weaver from a small town near the border of the two countries, ends up getting recruited by a talented young wizard. Wayland North needs Sydelle's help to reach the capitol in time to prevent a war from breaking out. During their journey, Sydelle meets new friends and enemies. ---------------------------------------------- Relations between Palamarta and Auster have always been tense, but after the death of the king of Palamarta, the two countries are at the brink of war. Sydelle Mirabel, a talented weaver from a small town near the border of the two countries, ends up getting recruited by a talented young wizard. Wayland North needs Sydelle's help to reach the capitol in time to prevent a war from breaking out. During their journey, Sydelle meets new friends and enemies. ----------------------------------------------- The art in this graphic novel is absolutely gorgeous. There were so many pretty scenes. It was overall a good novel, but the pacing was odd perhaps because the story was condensed. It felt like it jumped around a few times. Also, I don't really have a strong feel of the magic system? It was kinda briefly explained, but it didn't really go into a lot of details. (view spoiler)[Apparently magic is based in threads? Or something like that? But the villain doesn't seem to use them, nor did the Sorceress Imperial use one? (hide spoiler)] I also didn't really get a strong understanding of Sydelle. I think it would've helped if there was maybe more of her inner dialogue throughout the comic. (view spoiler)[Some of her actions seemed to be out of the blue, and I didn't really have a strong sense on who she was. (hide spoiler)] It's a good story with pretty art but the plot was just condensed too much so the pacing was off.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chris Meichtry

    This was...stupid. I get it, I'm not the target demographic—obviously a man in his 30s isn't going to appreciate this the same way a teenage girl might—but that's only a very small part of it. I've read my fair share of teen-girl books that had far more depth and substance and were very enjoyable. This was shallow and almost insulting. Aside from being wholly unoriginal, it was chock full of stereotypical tropes and had a vapid female lead who was largely unlikable. What little bit of story exis This was...stupid. I get it, I'm not the target demographic—obviously a man in his 30s isn't going to appreciate this the same way a teenage girl might—but that's only a very small part of it. I've read my fair share of teen-girl books that had far more depth and substance and were very enjoyable. This was shallow and almost insulting. Aside from being wholly unoriginal, it was chock full of stereotypical tropes and had a vapid female lead who was largely unlikable. What little bit of story exists was rushed and unresolved. Several things were never explained and the ending was ridiculous. Despite this, I considered reading the next installment just to see if things picked up. It was obvious that the story wasn't over yet...but apparently it is. Worst of all: the whole weaving aspect plays only a very minor role. I thought maybe this girl has a magic loom or she can do special things with yarn or thread. Nope, she just happens to know how to weave and she spends a few panels working on a present. Granted, her skills proved to be vital a time or two, but not to the point of justifying a reference in the title. The art was really good, though.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Krysta

    I don't know if it is how the book was adapted as I haven't read the original, but this story feels under-developed and rushed. There is limited characterization and no character development. The worldbuilding is vague, with readers receiving only the most basic information about magic, geography, politics, and more. And the plot is mostly the wizard North teleporting himself around the nation for side quests, even though he supposedly has to get to the capital at once to stop a war. But I guess I don't know if it is how the book was adapted as I haven't read the original, but this story feels under-developed and rushed. There is limited characterization and no character development. The worldbuilding is vague, with readers receiving only the most basic information about magic, geography, politics, and more. And the plot is mostly the wizard North teleporting himself around the nation for side quests, even though he supposedly has to get to the capital at once to stop a war. But I guess he can't teleport himself there because that would be too easy, so there's apparently an unsaid distance limitation on his powers. He also can't just send a letter or a messenger because he has his reasons. If you think too hard about the plot, it just doesn't make a lot of sense. But the illustrations are colorful and fun.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Graphic Novel Gorgeous artwork supports this story of a wizard (Wayland) and a teen girl (Sydelle) he meets in a village. He is fleeing from danger and she rescues him in the hills. Together, they set off on an adventure to prevent a war being deliberately set up between nations. Readers see their relationship develop and secrets slowly be revealed. Readers are aware of his magical skills from the start and may figure out that she has abilities too before her powers are revealed. We also meet a t Graphic Novel Gorgeous artwork supports this story of a wizard (Wayland) and a teen girl (Sydelle) he meets in a village. He is fleeing from danger and she rescues him in the hills. Together, they set off on an adventure to prevent a war being deliberately set up between nations. Readers see their relationship develop and secrets slowly be revealed. Readers are aware of his magical skills from the start and may figure out that she has abilities too before her powers are revealed. We also meet a third person on this quest, a knight in training. The usual trio comes together to warn the queen and speak with the high sorceress. Danger, magical battles, good triumphing over evil, it's all there for readers who appreciate this genre. A quick read. The three ride off to tackle their next adventure as the book ends.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    My six year old is into comics lately so I thought this graphic novel might be a cool way to combine plot with art and we both might enjoy it. My kid was fairly engaged in the initial reading, enjoyed looking at the pictures and talking about the magic. We didn't read this in one sitting though, and she wasn't interested the following day when I asked if she wanted to pick it back up, so I finished it on my own. The art is pretty good, but there were a few times my kid made me go back to a previ My six year old is into comics lately so I thought this graphic novel might be a cool way to combine plot with art and we both might enjoy it. My kid was fairly engaged in the initial reading, enjoyed looking at the pictures and talking about the magic. We didn't read this in one sitting though, and she wasn't interested the following day when I asked if she wanted to pick it back up, so I finished it on my own. The art is pretty good, but there were a few times my kid made me go back to a previous page because she was convinced one of the characters looked just like how another one was drawn (I could see her point on first inspection). The story and world-building was interesting, but felt like a novel would be best format to tell the story. The graphic novel was really just told in broad strokes and it felt like a lot was missing.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kendra Ivery

    I have a newly discovered love for middle grade and young adult graphic novels. I had no idea this was based off of a novel of hers from 2010 until I read some of the reviews. The Brightly Woven graphic novel is a magical, witchy story full of fantasy and self discovery. The illustrations are bright, beautiful and a true joy to look at. I did find that some of the illustrations were contextually clear enough to communicate what was supposed to be happening. As a result, I felt that I was missing I have a newly discovered love for middle grade and young adult graphic novels. I had no idea this was based off of a novel of hers from 2010 until I read some of the reviews. The Brightly Woven graphic novel is a magical, witchy story full of fantasy and self discovery. The illustrations are bright, beautiful and a true joy to look at. I did find that some of the illustrations were contextually clear enough to communicate what was supposed to be happening. As a result, I felt that I was missing chunks of the plot. But I still loved the simplicity of the stories and Sydelle and North had such a great connection.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I'm so glad I picked this up (purely judged by the cover). I'm having a very slow reading month and really wanted to at least have one book on my shelf for the month. The artwork in this was absolutely beautiful, the emotions were clearly depicted, and I know the story is majorly chopped from the original work and that there is a lot of backstory and the like missing, but for what it is, a comic book, it's very well done. My eyes kept going back to certain artwork, because it was so pretty. Even I'm so glad I picked this up (purely judged by the cover). I'm having a very slow reading month and really wanted to at least have one book on my shelf for the month. The artwork in this was absolutely beautiful, the emotions were clearly depicted, and I know the story is majorly chopped from the original work and that there is a lot of backstory and the like missing, but for what it is, a comic book, it's very well done. My eyes kept going back to certain artwork, because it was so pretty. Even if the story was garbage, which it isn't, I'd love it cause the art is just stunning.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I really enjoyed this storyline particularly how talented Syd is with her loom who doesn't realize just what kind of hidden potential she has until a mysterious young man named Wayland shows up one day in need of his cloaks to be repaired. What starts out as a repair turns into quite the unexpected adventure that will push both Syd and Wayland to their limits as they try to deliver a very important message to the King of the land before a war starts. Full of adventure, magic, beautiful artwork and I really enjoyed this storyline particularly how talented Syd is with her loom who doesn't realize just what kind of hidden potential she has until a mysterious young man named Wayland shows up one day in need of his cloaks to be repaired. What starts out as a repair turns into quite the unexpected adventure that will push both Syd and Wayland to their limits as they try to deliver a very important message to the King of the land before a war starts. Full of adventure, magic, beautiful artwork and surprises, it was such fun to read this book and hoping there will be a sequel in the near future.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    This may be one of my favorite middle school graphic novels so far. It's a delightful fantasy full of magic & adventure as the reader follows Sydelle Mirabil a weaver from a small border town in the kingdom of Palmarta once her path is linked to the young wizard Wayland North. Together they head off to try to present Wayland's evidence to prevent a war with the kingdom of Auster battling strange weather patterns and Wayland's wizard rival Dorwan. The book is an adaptation of best-selling author This may be one of my favorite middle school graphic novels so far. It's a delightful fantasy full of magic & adventure as the reader follows Sydelle Mirabil a weaver from a small border town in the kingdom of Palmarta once her path is linked to the young wizard Wayland North. Together they head off to try to present Wayland's evidence to prevent a war with the kingdom of Auster battling strange weather patterns and Wayland's wizard rival Dorwan. The book is an adaptation of best-selling author Alexandra Bracken's debut novel of the same name (now going on my to read list) and the illustrations by Kit Seaton are "brightly woven" to bring the story to life!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    Great ideas but half baked The concepts behind this graphic novel are good, but I felt like it was too short and plot points were missing, we are introduced to a problem that isn't solved (which I understand is to bring readers back for more, but I didn't feel like I wanted to come back for more). The world building is nice and I liked the ideas about magic and the but if mystery behind syd, but overall a bit disappointed. I feel like if this has been a regular novel instead of a graphic one I ma Great ideas but half baked The concepts behind this graphic novel are good, but I felt like it was too short and plot points were missing, we are introduced to a problem that isn't solved (which I understand is to bring readers back for more, but I didn't feel like I wanted to come back for more). The world building is nice and I liked the ideas about magic and the but if mystery behind syd, but overall a bit disappointed. I feel like if this has been a regular novel instead of a graphic one I may have enjoyed it more. Artwork is beautiful though.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)

    I decided to give this version of the book a try since I was curious about it. The art is pretty good and while I like the idea of the plot this really felt underdeveloped as far as the ending. It was too simple and easy and this has the older YA trope of the super special girl who is the only one who can save everyone 🙄 plus she gets used to her powers way too easily. Then after a few small moments it's over... Even the magic is much simpler and I don't know if the novel goes into more detail a I decided to give this version of the book a try since I was curious about it. The art is pretty good and while I like the idea of the plot this really felt underdeveloped as far as the ending. It was too simple and easy and this has the older YA trope of the super special girl who is the only one who can save everyone 🙄 plus she gets used to her powers way too easily. Then after a few small moments it's over... Even the magic is much simpler and I don't know if the novel goes into more detail about it. This was a quick read but it was too flat of emotion and any fun action to be memorable.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Child960801

    I'm not sure if it was just a problem with the adaptation or with the original novel, but I felt lost a very points through out. Things happened throughout that felt sudden or improperly set up or unexplained. The characters felt shallow, lacking personality beyond 'irritable' or 'annoying.' The world building and magic system felt underdeveloped. I felt like the potential of visual medium was under used. The art was adequate, but most of the panels were medium distance shots of the protanganist I'm not sure if it was just a problem with the adaptation or with the original novel, but I felt lost a very points through out. Things happened throughout that felt sudden or improperly set up or unexplained. The characters felt shallow, lacking personality beyond 'irritable' or 'annoying.' The world building and magic system felt underdeveloped. I felt like the potential of visual medium was under used. The art was adequate, but most of the panels were medium distance shots of the protanganists, without a lot of panel side or shape variation. The colouring was lovely.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ricki

    Picked this up while browsing at the library. Decent storyline, decent full color art, kind of a YA romance that lacked much chemistry. There are unresolved threads that need a sequel, but apparently no sequel is forthcoming. Oh well. It was fine. Searching for this on Goodreads, I found out that it is based on a novel. The novel has bad reviews and I can see why, but the art in the graphic novel is pretty and colorful so that makes up for flaws in writing. I can see that it makes a better graphi Picked this up while browsing at the library. Decent storyline, decent full color art, kind of a YA romance that lacked much chemistry. There are unresolved threads that need a sequel, but apparently no sequel is forthcoming. Oh well. It was fine. Searching for this on Goodreads, I found out that it is based on a novel. The novel has bad reviews and I can see why, but the art in the graphic novel is pretty and colorful so that makes up for flaws in writing. I can see that it makes a better graphic novel than regular book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    I read the original novel and this graphic version is a pleasing version of that. Here we get to see Sydelle’s lustrous red hair and Wayland’s beautiful cloak of many colors. We’re treated to the sight of torrential rains, softly failing snowflakes and thunderous avalanches. There are explanations about magic and its uses that are easy for the reader to understand with new “information” introduced at a comfortable pace. It’s a grand adventure with enchantment, dreams, potions, spells—but not swor I read the original novel and this graphic version is a pleasing version of that. Here we get to see Sydelle’s lustrous red hair and Wayland’s beautiful cloak of many colors. We’re treated to the sight of torrential rains, softly failing snowflakes and thunderous avalanches. There are explanations about magic and its uses that are easy for the reader to understand with new “information” introduced at a comfortable pace. It’s a grand adventure with enchantment, dreams, potions, spells—but not sword and sorcery because the main topic of this story is the prevention of war. I very much liked the work by the graphic novelist and the illustrator. I’ll be looking for more of Kit Seaton’s work in future.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I'm in the midst of reading a pile of graphics as part of a selection committee for a local reading initiative. This, so far, is my favorite out of all of them. The art is excellent and expressive, and the story is engaging, interesting and well told. There is a magic system that is naturally and coherently explained without bogging the story down, and characters that are flawed and likeable. Top notch! I'm in the midst of reading a pile of graphics as part of a selection committee for a local reading initiative. This, so far, is my favorite out of all of them. The art is excellent and expressive, and the story is engaging, interesting and well told. There is a magic system that is naturally and coherently explained without bogging the story down, and characters that are flawed and likeable. Top notch!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    The art is quite nice, but somehow this graphic novel lacks some of the charm and finesse of the original novel... Maybe because they can't include every description or minor plot point? Some of the dialogue here felt a bit cumbersome too: more telling than showing... All in all, a decent attempt, but I do recommend reading the original Brightly Woven to get a better sense of the story if you felt confused or rushed at all in reading this version. The art is quite nice, but somehow this graphic novel lacks some of the charm and finesse of the original novel... Maybe because they can't include every description or minor plot point? Some of the dialogue here felt a bit cumbersome too: more telling than showing... All in all, a decent attempt, but I do recommend reading the original Brightly Woven to get a better sense of the story if you felt confused or rushed at all in reading this version.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This was okay. The illustrations were great, and really added to the feel of the story. The story... It was missing so much. I am sure that it must be difficult to adapt a full-length novel to a graphic format, but I think I would have liked to see more character depth and development, and more world-building. Maybe it was in volumes? Recommend to young readers of fantasy, but who may struggle with longer reads.

  30. 5 out of 5

    shelby

    I received a free copy of this from a giveaway the author hosted on instagram and i absolutely loved reading this! I was reading the novel it was based on while reading this and it was so fun to see the story come to life, there were a few minor changes but it didn’t make me love this any less! I’ve actually never read a graphic novel but this has made me want to read more! It was so fun and I loved looking at the images! Overall a very easy and adorable read!

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