Alina has dreamt her whole life of journeying to the Isle of Weaving and joining those who help create the great tapestry that tells the fate of the world and everyone in it. When her wish becomes a reality, she unthinkingly repairs a broken red thread with a lock of her hair, and causes a terrible disaster. Now she must find a way to set things right by traveling to the land of Kazia and undoing what she has set in motion.
Based on the premise that each individual life on earth is represented by a thread in a tapestry, a broken thread represents a life cut short. By repairing a single thread, Alina extends that life, but also causes the death of thousands of others in wars instigated by the person she saved.
Broken Thread is a beautifully told multi-layered story. The characters are well developed and complex, and the author raises some interesting questions about our own ability to change what fate has laid out for us. When Alina is sent back to Kazia to make sure the prince she saved does not survive, it seems like a simple task. Finding herself inadvertently placed as a guard/babysitter to the prince, she believes that finding the opportunity to kill him will be easy. As she spends time around the young prince, she comes to an important realization. Beneath his spoiled, and sometimes cruel, exterior is a frightened and lonely little boy who has seen abandonment and betrayal by those closest to him. For Alina, this creates an internal struggle between accomplishing her mission, and her growing fondness for the prince and for the young soldier also assigned as the prince’s guard.
With a touch of romance and a richly told story, young teen fans of strong girl fantasy will find themselves glued to this hard-to-put-down novel.
Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2009. Vol.32 No.2.
On the Isle of Weaving, weavers create the great tapestry that tells the fate of the world and its people. When Alina uses a strand of her red hair to mend a broken red thread in the tapestry, thousands of other threads break, which means she has caused the death of thousands of people. She is then faced with the task of fixing the damage she has caused.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2010.