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Woven in Moonlight is a standalone fantasy world of Inkasisa and follows Ximena, the Condessa to the Illustrian people, only she isn’t the real condessa. She’s a decoy for the real heir to the throne. But she does her best for the people and when the King of Llacasan people requests, no, he demands her presence in the La Cuidad Blanca’s court, she has no choice but go. But his idea of the two of them marrying is not something she is willing to do because she has her own plans, find the ancient relic that will save her people and take king Atoc down. But her plan doesn’t go according to plan and she finds herself in danger but also finds an unlikely ally to help in the fight against Atoc.

There is a lot going on in this story and their are a lot of characters too. . Firstly, Ximena is on the hunt for the relic that make things go back to the way they were before the war all while pretending to be the condessa. She doesn’t act like royalty all that much. She’s snarky and strong in the battle sense but not refined like someone on the throne is sometimes expected to be. But I have to say, I really liked her. She’s a fighter. Both for the people she loves and the loved ones she’s lost and this one girl who doesn’t know how to give up. What more could I ask for in a heroine?!

Our villain Atoc, wow was he a piece of work. Arrogant, demanding and just an all around a** who wants all the power and he played the part well. Then of course, we have the mysterious masked vigilante, El Lobo. Who steals, causes mischief and just makes life difficult for everyone. I had a lot of fun reading about him and questioned who he really was under the mask and who he had allegiance to. There are so many more characters that I enjoyed so much and I wish I could tell you about them all but like I said, there are a lot of them. You have the good, the bad and then questionable ones and it turned out to be such a great cast.

The story itself is one that drew me in from the start because the world that Ibanez created was full of lush descriptions, from the architecture of villages, to the people and their way of life. The intricate magic system was so interesting to learn about too, especially Ximena and her ability to weave messages with wool, to the healing abilities of one the people she meets while La Cuidad Blanca, to the reading of the stars for their fortunes. The political side to the story was just as interesting too and it kept me turning the pages to learn more of their history and how their system worked. There is plenty of action and twists and then of course the big epic battle at the end had me turning the pages as fast as I could to see how it would all turn out. I do have to mention that there is a slow burn romance between Ximena and a certain someone (that’s all I’m going to give away) that was slow burning and was pretty great to follow by the way and it just added to the already amazing story.

Woven in Moonlight is a beautifully written story that is filled with a lush magical world, action romance and characters that you will want to root for. It appears that there will be another book set in this same world and I can’t wait to immerse myself into it once again!