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Woven in Moonlight

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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  1,276 ratings  ·  485 reviews
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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Published January 7th 2020 by Page Street Kids
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Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
came for the gorgeous cover but stayed for the latin american representation, lush magic, a swoon-worthy rebel, fluid writing, THE MAGIC SLOTH, and the slow simmer into an explosion of an ending.

while there really is a lot to love about this, my main complaint would some aspects of the world-building are lacking. im not sure if it was mentioned and i just missed it, but i cant remember reading about why there is magic and why people have different kinds of it. its not really explained - the
Isabel Ibañez
Sep 24, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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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I don't care how shallow this makes me but I need this book in my life just for that beautiful cover ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites-2020
See my review on booktube:

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.
Amy Imogene Reads
4 stars

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?


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

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
Review for coming soon...
TL;DR - I loved it. Genuinely. Clever take on Latin American/Andean history and politics. Sweet romance. Promising debut author.
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
Adrienne Young
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Adalyn Grace
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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;)
Lucy Langford
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5*** rounded up
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.
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
☽ 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
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a beautiful read to much such a beautiful cover. It took me a while to get absorbed in the story as it came off as very simply written, but I grew to love the world building and the magic. This is one of those stories where it is easy to guess what is going to happen, but still enjoy the ride.

I loved the difference in the two cultures displayed (and how the constant conflicts hurt each other and the constant back and forth in power) and the two cultures learning about each
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.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.


Content Warning: Forced/Arranged Marriage, Oppression, War, Violence, On page death, Executions
Rising tides can’t be held
damn, I had so much fun..
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
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
Angela Staudt
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
Melanie (mells_view)
WIM is my YA book of the month January pick!


Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez is a well written YA story that blends in Bolivian politics, history, and culture. You can tell through her writing that the author has a deep knowledge and feels a strong connection to the culture. The words flow effortless and it was easy to keep reading once I started this one.

Ximena the heroine of WIM is posing as the Condesa of the Illustrian’s in order to keep the true queen safe. Although she is in a faux
belle ☆ミ (mybookcastle)
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.
I finished this book like a week ago and I’ve been dreading writing this post. Even dreading to read the book, it took me one month to finish it. Looking at my notes I see my slow progression from excitement to annoyance to frustration to disappointment. I really want to like this book, it sounds like my perfect fantasy: Latinx inspired, revolution, magic, and an unapologetic heroine. But oh friends, this was a disappointment on so many fronts.

Read my full review on my blog, Latinx Magic.
The Nerd Daily
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
RTC for blog tour. Go order this one!
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
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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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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