Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken
First off I must say that I love the author's name. It sounds so literary. Not only that, I love the name she chose for her main character, Sydelle Mirabil. Very cool. Now on to the review.
Sydelle lives in a far away corner of the Kingdom, where her village has suffered from a drought for as long as she can remember. Not a single drop of rain has fallen on the dusty earth until the day the wizard, Wayland North, arrives. He is offered anything he could want and he chooses Sydelle. She is angry and obstinate as she follows him far away from her village and can only think of returning home.
Sydelle possesses a talent unmatched of weaving cloth, and through her skilled hands she repairs the cloaks of Wayland along their journey. As Sydelle begins to discover bit by bit why she was chosen by the smelly, drunken wizard to join his quest, she discovers more about herself and what her talent truly is. Together they face danger as they race to stop an unnecessary war between two kingdoms.
This is a Young Adult novel and I would recommend it to someone as young as 10 or 11. Perfect for an afternoon at the beach or in your hammock.
I enjoyed it very much.