Woven in Moonlight

Isabel Ibañez

fiction fantasy young adult
adventurous challenging mysterious slow-paced

384 pages | first published 2020

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.

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adventurous 94%
emotional 38%
mysterious 35%
hopeful 32%
inspiring 22%
tense 21%
funny 15%
reflective 15%
dark 14%
lighthearted 11%
challenging 8%
informative 3%
relaxing 3%
sad 2%


medium 55%
fast 40%
slow 3%

Strong character development?

Yes: 87% | It's complicated: 7% | No: 5%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 69% | It's complicated: 17% | No: 11% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 84% | No: 10% | It's complicated: 3% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 6%

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