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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
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by Page Street Books
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Isabel Ibañez
Sep 24, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi everyone!

I don't spend a lot of time on Goodreads but as WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT heads out into the world, I wanted to quickly mention a few things!

First, WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT is a standalone, but the Inkasisa world is expansive so I imagine there might be a few stories I can still hope to write! The next book set in this world is WRITTEN IN STARLIGHT, and while the story takes place directly after the events of WIM, it can be read on it's own—though you might enjoy it more if you read them in
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Jan 04, 2020 marked it as to-read
I don't care how shallow this makes me but I need this book in my life just for that beautiful cover ...more
Olive
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-2020
See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/LDi_8XieLg4

And the below review originally appeared on Open Letters Review.

Inspired by Bolivian culture and history, Isabel Ibañez spins a glittering and richly drawn story in her young adult fantasy debut, Woven in Moonlight. A tale of revolution, loyalty, and identity, it begins with a shaky show of leadership by heroine Ximena Rojas, giving her questions about her ability to rule over her people, the displaced Illustrians.

Her self-doubt has roots.
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Amy Imogene Reads
Ximena can weave moonlight into lush tapestries of wool, and sometimes they come to life. When her people need her to infiltrate the enemy's kingdom to take down the false king, Ximena doesn't hesitate—she's ready to fight. But what happens when the cause you've been fighting for becomes more gray than black and white?

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Ximena's job is to be the decoy Condesa, who is the true heir to the Illustrian throne. The Illustrians were recently overpowered by Atoc, the
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Elena
Jan 01, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
BOLIVIAN POLITICS!!!!!!!!

my latina ass wants this so bad especially because of bolivia's current political situation
sarah xoxo
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019, arcs
Woven in Moonlight was an impressive debut from Isabel Ibañez.
The fantasy setting, based off Bolivia was refreshing and unique. The atmosphere was enthralling and immersive. Descriptions of the food, clothing and palace made the world tangible.

Woven in Moonlight covers the aftermath of war and the intricacies of morality when nothing is black and white.
There were clear parallels between political and cultural aspects of past and present Bolivia, and the Spanish Inquisitor overthrow of the
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laurel [suspected bibliophile]
Ten years ago, the Llacsans overthrew the Illustrians and took over La Ciudad with an ancient relic filled with powerful magic. Now, as the food stores for the last remaining Illustrians runs dry and their general is missing, the Llacsan king sends a bleak message: the Condesa must marry him, or all Illustrians will die.

It seems bleak, but there is one trick left up their sleeve: Ximena, the decoy Condesa. She will infiltrate La Ciudad, find the relic, and return her people to glory.

This was a
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Adalyn Grace
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent!! I’m someone who pretty much guesses the twists and turns and who-dun-its of most books or movies I consume. However, trying to figure out who the masked vigilante was kept me guessing, and I devoured this book wanting to see what would happen next! The culture that the author pulls you into is so rich and immersive, I really felt that I was transported into this world. And can we talk about the food? Omg I was so hungry reading this book because of all the amazing food ...more
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I'm a simple girl. I read "Moonlight" & "Masked Vigilante" and add it to TBR;)
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Adrienne Young
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Zoraida
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: latinx-sff, 2020
Review for Tor.com coming soon...
TL;DR - I loved it. Genuinely. Clever take on Latin American/Andean history and politics. Sweet romance. Promising debut author.
Rebecca Ross
A spellbinding, vivid debut. Plot twists abound, the magic is uniquely drawn, and intrigue illuminates the pages. The world of Inkasisa is so beautifully rendered I never wanted to leave it.
☽ TheBibliotheque
If you think the cover is stunning, wait until you open up this gorgeous book and see what awaits you.

Isabel Ibañez has managed to create not only a lustrous world bathed in moonlight, vibrant scents and dazzling colours but also, she has knocked my socks off with one of the most *beautiful* magic systems I have ever come across. All that woven in the rich Bolivian culture of her very own roots.

Man, was I blown away. I am telling you, you don't want to miss out on this.

But don't be tricked by
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Fanna
January 19, 2020:

Woven in Moonlight weaves clashing cultures and strong women with a loom placed on societal consequences of war, stepping into enemy grounds, fighting for yourself and your people, and learning, understanding, loving what you once thought you never could. A definitive recommendation for those who love a diverse background and POC in a mixture of politics, history, and magic. Animals literally woven in moonlight, a mysterious vigilante, a handsome healer, and the incorporation of
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Alexa
Ximena is the decoy Condesa, who stands in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. When the usurper king Atoc demands the Condesa’s hand in marriage, Ximena goes in her stead, determined to use the opportunity to find the ancient relic that Atoc used to summon a ghost army and take the throne years before. But as Ximena gets to know the enemy and starts seeing them as actual individuals, she finds herself questioning what course of action is best for her kingdom – and whether that means ...more
Karina
Rating: 4 Stars
Woven In Moonlight is a 2020 YA Political Fantasy debut that NEEDS to be on your 2020 TBR!

Woven In Moonlight ARC Review

I'd been looking forward to this debut for a couple years at this point & being a Latinx YA Fantasy, I was even more hyped to read this book! Now that I've finally finished it, I wish I could go back and re-read it all over again!

Woven In Moonlight is an introspective YA Fantasy following Ximena, a stand-in for her people's true heir! Through an
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Sheila Goicea
I'm excited to be a part of the WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club, from January 20 - 26th, 2020!

I received a copy of this book via the publisher, Page Street Kids in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.

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Content Warning: Forced/Arranged Marriage, Oppression, War, Violence, On page death, Executions
Rising tides can’t be held
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Angela Staudt
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley for giving me an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Considering this is the author’s debut I saw from reviews it was good, but I really didn’t I would love it as much as I did. Such a unique and impressive story that is woven throughout with stunning details and the story itself is just amazing. I loved the main characters, especially the “Condesa”, who has to go into enemy territory and marry the fake king Atoc. Watching her character development and grow was intriguing,
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The Nerd Daily
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

Revenge and rebellion set the stage for the next book I have the privilege of reviewing. Immersed in Bolivian culture, it’s the first fantasy YA story that I’ve gotten to read by an own voices writer. I’m dying for more, not just because of the richness of the culture within the story, but those food descriptions will leave you hungry and wishing you were a citizen of La Ciudad. The story features some strong female characters
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belle ☆ミ (mybookcastle)
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really beautiful and lush. read in within a day but the plot didn't feel rushed, and the romance was slow burning. isabel ibañez wrote it fantastically.
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
RTC for blog tour. Go order this one!
Cande
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I guess we have to talk about this book... after The Tenth Girl, my biggest disappointment of 2019.

Read my full review on my blog, Latinx Magic.
Dany
3.5 stars

My read for the Latinxheritagemonth

Excellent fantasy with gorgeous world building.

Ximena , the decoy queen has to get married to the tyrant king. She has a lot of plans and hate when she goes into King's Castillo. Soon she discovers not everything is black and white.

I picked up the book because of the cover. I didn't even read the description or know that this was an ownvoice Latinx book before requesting. So I couldn't contain my excitement when I was approved and read the
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Sam Robinson
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a unique story with lovable and interesting characters. I love how strong the lead character is! I read A LOT of YA books and some seem to just tell the same story over and over again I get so bored. This was NOT the case here! Woven in Moonlight creates a vivid and interesting world different from what I’ve read before. Looking for a sequel!!!! Also want this author to write more books in general!! Love her!!
Alicia (A Kernel of Nonsense)
**I received an ARC of this book from the publisher which does not influence my review**

What I Liked:
Magical system – Ximena’s magic is tied to the moon and the Illustrians magic all reflect this. There is a character who can read the stars and Ximena weaves moonlight into her tapestries. It’s a very beautiful and almost delicate kind of magic.

Unlearning harmful prejudices – I do have some criticism when it comes to how this is done in Woven in Moonlight, but I did appreciate the concept of
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Jessica | Booked J
Blog | Twitter | Instagram |You can find my stop on the blog tour here.

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the authors in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

What a stunning, enchanting story. What a way to kick off a new decade. Get ready for an instant classic and one the strongest debuts I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I mean that genuinely: EVER. And I've been reviewing YA books for over a decade. This novel has now taken its
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Melanie
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Woven in Moonlight is a wonderfully magical story, filled with characters that grab your attention and leave you wanting more. I love the world that Isabel has created through the setting and plot. I was drawn in by the strong female characters. Add in a masked stranger, unexpected friendships, and intriguing twists this book was hard to put down and, even once finished, I was wishing for more! It takes a really special book to make it in my "I would reread this" list, but this is definitely one ...more
OjoAusana
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020, owned
*won in a BookishFirst giveaway* So I LOVE the cover of this book! Before I read anything about it, I could tell it would at the very least be an interesting book with such an amazingly beautiful cover! Especially after you read the book the cover is not just beautiful but significant in so many ways.


The first part of the book did feel a bit slow for how much (or little) history it went into, but I suppose that's better than the boring info overload lol. I enjoyed that Spanish was thrown in
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USOM
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Woven in Moonlight is a story about revenge, but not in the conventional sense. When we are motivated by our thirst for vengeance, what happens when we realize that the fuel we hold in our heart only has the possibility to burn our home down? I've been reading a lot of books about characters motivated by their pursuit of revenge, but Woven in Moonlight is a vastly different
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Rec-It Rachel
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Isabel Ibañezwas 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
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