Author: Maurissa Guibord
Publication: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (January 11, 2011)
Description: Tessa doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there's something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry she discovers in a box of old books. She finds the creature woven within it compelling and frightening. After the tapestry comes into her possession, Tessa experiences dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt that she herself participated in. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible centuries old secret. She also meets William de Chaucy, an irresistible 16th-century nobleman. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. Together, they must correct the wrongs of the past. But then the Fates step in, making a tangled mess of Tessa's life. Now everyone she loves will be destroyed unless Tessa does their bidding and defeats a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.
My Thoughts: This was a great story. Tessa begins everything when she and her father attend an auction and get more than they bargained for. Thrown in with a box of books for her father's bookstore is an old book and a tapestry. The tapestry calls to her. She touches it and has strange dreams and visions of a past life. When she pulls a thread, the unicorn in the foreground of the tapestry becomes a young man who had been bound in the tapestry since 1511.
Will de Chauncy became the victim of a witch who gathered the thread of his life and wove him into the spell. The Fates knew that someone had stolen some threads of life and had been looking for them for 500 years. Because Tessa pulled the thread, they are blaming her and threatening all she loves if she doesn't return the threads.
Meanwhile, the actual thief is Lila Gerome. She has spent the years since she trapped Will living life with continual youth and beauty. She is determined to get the tapestry and her book back.
Tessa and Will are facing enemies from both sides and have to fight to carve out the life that they want.
I loved the language and descriptions in this book. Tessa was a thoroughly modern girl who doesn't believe in fate or witches or time travel. She adjusts really well even though her father thinks she is acting out because he has a new girlfriend. Will is a wonderfully sympathetic character too who is very bewildered at his change in circumstance. He is also handsome, smart, and brave.
I recommend this book to all lovers of fantasy and romance.
He gave her a puzzled frown. "You speak most strangely, mistress."
"Really," she said, eyeing him. "So do you." He had spoken English. But not like Tessa had ever heard before. His voice was deep, with a strange accent. Not exactly British, not exactly French. Mostly Hugh Grant with a little Pepe Le Pew thrown in.
That did it. She was gone. Completely psycho.