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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. 5 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

    Alexa

    This graphic novel is such a charming adaptation of Alex Bracken’s original work (which I also quite enjoyed)! I really loved seeing these characters and their story brought to life on the page, and it still delighted me with the twists and turns (though I certainly am still pining for a sequel…)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Naomi

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

  4. 5 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. 4 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!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Joyce :)

    This was a quick and fun read. I really want to read the original now!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

        Sydelle lives a quiet life in her small town of Cliffton, and despite the many-years drought, she finds fulfillment in her weaving and making beautiful clothing and tapestries. One day her world is twisted inside out when a wizard, Wayland North, appears needing her help to repair his magic cloaks. Without them working properly, he won’t be able to get a very important message to the capitol in time. And if he doesn’t, the war that looms over them since the assassination of their king agains     Sydelle lives a quiet life in her small town of Cliffton, and despite the many-years drought, she finds fulfillment in her weaving and making beautiful clothing and tapestries. One day her world is twisted inside out when a wizard, Wayland North, appears needing her help to repair his magic cloaks. Without them working properly, he won’t be able to get a very important message to the capitol in time. And if he doesn’t, the war that looms over them since the assassination of their king against their anti-magic neighbor won’t be able to be stopped. But it won’t be easy – there is a dark wizard trying to stop them at all costs. And Sydelle doesn’t much like how North just roped her into this, nor the fact that he’s hiding secrets from her.    I didn’t realize this was based on a novel, which I might now have to check out. I enjoyed this book, even though at parts inter-personal character relationships seemed to make sudden jumps, and I’m really not sure how Sydelle found so much time to weave in the few days they had traveling together. I like how she’s a strong teenager, and doesn’t let others run all over her. The brightness of the illustrations was also a lot of fun, with fun “aside” images – like the cat with Owain, it definitely brought a smile to me.    I do think the plot ran a little fast, probably due to the format, and I would think (hope) some aspects get a little more fleshed out in the novel. The piecemeal fashion by which we learned about the kingdom’s troubles was spotty at best, and because it was so spotty, I didn’t quite feel the urgency North imposed on Sydelle for his mission. Then there was the element about Sydelle, which felt rather suddenly introduced towards the end and had its own explanation/“rules” subsequently hand-waved to better serve the plot by the end. As for what she wove, I’d definitely argue that the colors were nowhere near equal in the finished product, so there’s another hand-wave for Plot.    Of course, for any graphic novel adaptation, a few words simply must be spared for the visual element of the story! I enjoyed the color palettes and scenery, as they made for smooth and enjoyable reading. The occasional visual jokes/gags were fun as well. I do think Sydelle and North looked a bit older than their ages (14 and 15, respectfully), though at least for North, there’s an understandable reason for it. Or maybe I’m just out of touch with what 14/15 year olds in a medieval, magical fantasy world would actually look like, and how much responsibility they would have. After all, most people were probably married by 18 at the latest, anyways, and taking on adult responsibilities far before then. Or it could just come down to making them look the part of active agents with very real responsibilities on their shoulders. 3.5 stars rounded up.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dhriti

    I don’t remember the last time I enjoyed a graphic novel like this. This story is about a talented weaving teenager who goes on an adventure to stop war with a mysterious wizard boy. They both travel across kingdoms and secrets and their relationship blossoms into something beautiful, all the while they explore their own identities too!! The book overall was soooo good!! The art, the plot, the setting, the colours, the dialogue and most importantly THE CHARACTERS!! Sydelle Mirabil and Wayland Nort I don’t remember the last time I enjoyed a graphic novel like this. This story is about a talented weaving teenager who goes on an adventure to stop war with a mysterious wizard boy. They both travel across kingdoms and secrets and their relationship blossoms into something beautiful, all the while they explore their own identities too!! The book overall was soooo good!! The art, the plot, the setting, the colours, the dialogue and most importantly THE CHARACTERS!! Sydelle Mirabil and Wayland North are so adorable and perfect together. I loved going on this little adventure with them, and the comic was unputdownable!! Also that end omg!! They’re in the North somewhere, practicing their powers and finding cures and loving each other. I figure a novel after they grew up, like 18 and 19 will be fantasy and smutty about their lives in the North in hidden libraries and small towns and them coming back and being a cool powerful wizardy couple. Lol I’m obsessed. Anyway, 100% recommend. Also I made an edit and listened to a nostalgic fantasy playlist while reading this, which made the experience 10x times better.

  9. 4 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. 🪙🔮🧵

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hunter

    That was really interesting and I loved the art style. Alexandra Bracken is an amazing author in my opinion, and I've enjoyed every book I've read by her so far. I really liked it, yet I don't know what else to say about it. Was this a novel first? If it was, I'd love to read the original media too. That was really interesting and I loved the art style. Alexandra Bracken is an amazing author in my opinion, and I've enjoyed every book I've read by her so far. I really liked it, yet I don't know what else to say about it. Was this a novel first? If it was, I'd love to read the original media too.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    A quick, colorful read. I would not have read this as a novel, but in graphic novel form it was quite engaging. I liked Sydelle and Wayland, and hope another graphic novel is in the works to continue their story.

  12. 4 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Beautifully done!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leah Waters

    3.5 stars. An enjoyable if somewhat cliché story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Rose

    3.5 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Destiny

    This was fun though fast-paced. I need that cloak of colors!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah the Robot Sapphic 🤖

    Okay but this was actually bangin’ and I’m super inspired to read the full version now

  18. 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.

  19. 4 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 ⭐️

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Compelling wizarding done with...fiber arts? YES, PLEASE.

  21. 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin

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

  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

    BubblesTheKat77

    3 stars for kinda unsatisfying end? 4 stars for good story and graphics? 3 stars for not getting my pumped for the end? 4 stars for surprising me? I was stumped. I still am. Lol.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    The art is GORGEOUS, but the story is lacking a LOT! While it does have somewhat of a beginning, a middle and an end, it feels stunted in portions. It definitely should have been made into a series to flesh out the entire idea.

  26. 4 out of 5

    LavaLadee2000

    It was so good I wish I could give it 1,000,000,000 stars it was hard to understand in the beginning but once I got to page 42 it all clicked rlly cool and amazing I would suggest it to the peeps get sucked into comics I don’t like it I LLOOVVEE it

  27. 5 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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Miya

    This is a easy and fast read for graphic novel lovers. I think it is important to remember this is really for the younger readers. Even though I enjoyed it as an adult, it is quick and it doesn't go into a ton of details. The illustrations are fun. I am hoping for a second book to learn more. Perfect for middle grade readers. This is a easy and fast read for graphic novel lovers. I think it is important to remember this is really for the younger readers. Even though I enjoyed it as an adult, it is quick and it doesn't go into a ton of details. The illustrations are fun. I am hoping for a second book to learn more. Perfect for middle grade readers.

  29. 5 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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    DeA

    I loved this book but I was majorly dissatisfied too. The illustrator did an excellent job that kept me reading a story that was so chaotic that I ended up ranting aloud. If the illustrations had been as messy as the writing and story progression, I wouldn't have finished this. The main character suffers from an extreme case of emotional extremes that left me more confused by her willingness to continue her journey. There were too many minor characters who only added to the confusion, which migh I loved this book but I was majorly dissatisfied too. The illustrator did an excellent job that kept me reading a story that was so chaotic that I ended up ranting aloud. If the illustrations had been as messy as the writing and story progression, I wouldn't have finished this. The main character suffers from an extreme case of emotional extremes that left me more confused by her willingness to continue her journey. There were too many minor characters who only added to the confusion, which might have been better in the original book but didn't translate in this brief graphic adaptation. The plot could have benefited with a multi-volume adaptation, or at the very least one that is twice as long as what we got. With the story spanning only a handful of days, I felt wipe-lashed in by the ending. At some point I had to suspend all sense of time and plot to fully enjoy this. If you are reading a graphic novel because of the illustrations and don't care about the plot, then I highly recommend this story. It is wonderfully illustrated and worthy of at least a flip though on that merit alone. However, if you want both a beautifully illustrated graphic novel and a well thought-out plot then don't pick up this book. Highly discourage reading this if you are wanting a well paced and written plot. Sadly that is my two cents at this time and I hope that in the future maybe a sequel could come out to make more sense of what I just read; but as of now there is no such signs of it happening.

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