Woven in Moonlight
Author: Isabel Ibanez
Publication Date: January 7th, 2020
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Formats: Hardcover, ebook, audiobook
Synopsis: 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.
“Isabel Ibanez brings a modern story to an ancient world in her debut novel, WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT. With immersive prose, original magic, and characters as rich as the Bolivian culture that constructs the story, Ibanez delivers a wholly unique book for the YA shelf.”
— Adrienne Young, NYT Bestselling author of Sky in the Deep and The Girl the Sea Gave Back
“WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT captured me on the first page. Ximena is a fierce and brave heroine—one I have deeply come to love—and the world of Inkasisa is so beautifully rendered I never wanted to leave it. Plot twists abound, the magic is uniquely drawn, and intrigue illuminates the pages. Isabel Ibanez weaves together a spellbinding, vivid debut.”
— Rebecca Ross, author of The Queen’s Rising and The Queen’s Resistance
“A story that glitters as bright as Ximena’s moondust, set in a wholly immersive world that’s both whimsical and deadly. With its slow burn romance and simmering intrigue, Woven In Moonlight kept me reading long into the night. Isabel Ibañez writes pure magic.”
— Shelby Mahurin, NYT Bestselling author of Serpent & Dove
“Woven in Starlight is a lush, vibrant feast of a book, set in a world as colorful and inventive as the fierce heroine’s magical tapestries. I could have remained lost in its pages forever.”
— Margaret Rogerson, NYT Bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens and Sorcery of Thorns
“A page-turning tale of revolution and love, helmed by a brave heroine with a big heart and set against a vibrant tapestry of Bolivian culture. Isabel Ibañez weaves magic in her debut novel.”
— Amélie Wen Zhao, author of Blood Heir
This book is so beautiful.
If I had to sum it up in one word, that has to be it. Beautiful.
Not only will you be taken aback by that gorgeous cover, but guess what? The story inside the cover, the one that spills over the pages and envelops you in magic and romance – that story is seriously gorgeous.
Not only is the plot mesmerizing and not only will it have you at the edge of your seat, longing for more with each turned page, but it will also captivate you and hold your interest, keeping you from stopping reading until you turn the last page.
I finished this book in a single day. I enjoyed it that much. I loved the world building, I loved the characters, and I really liked the story.
I usually don’t pick up books that have a strong political focus to them, but I wanted to give this one a go – if not for that gorgeous cover, then for the plot, too. It just sounded so good, like something that would be so easy to get caught up in. I was right – it was definitely easy to get caught up in, and it was such a wonderful, magical read.
The characters in this book are so perfectly drawn to life that even after I finished reading the book and I closed it, I had to wonder if they were real, or if they were really from the book. They were just…so lifelike, and you can tell a lot went into shaping them and bringing them to life.
The plot was so interesting and I have to tell you, so much happens from the beginning to the end. It isn’t slow building, but it’s paced perfectly – not too fast and not too slow. It’s not only enough to keep you wondering what happens next – it’s enough to keep you turning those pages and getting you deeper involved with the characters and the story.
This is definitely a book that should not go unread; it is a book that deserves a spot on everyone’s shelves.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Isabel Ibañez was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and is the proud daughter of two Bolivian
immigrants. A true word nerd, she received her degree in creative writing and has been a
Pitch Wars mentor for three years. Isabel is an avid movie goer and loves hosting family and
friends around the dinner table. She currently lives in Winter Park, Florida, with her
husband, their adorable dog, and a serious collection of books. Say hi on social media at
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