When Tessa pulled the loose thread in the curious tapestry she and her father acquired at an estate sale, she freed Will de Chauncy, who was in thrall to a bitter witch known as Gray Lily. For Will, it is a second chance at life, 500 years after his imprisonment. Gray Lily has the most at stake, though; Will is the key to her eternal youth, and she will stop at nothing to retrieve the tapestry and place Will back in it. What Gray Lily doesn’t count on is Tessa’s ability to literally weave her life irrevocably together with Will’s and her need to fix things before her life is destroyed by the three sisters known as the Fates. Debut author Guibord easily shifts the action between de Chauncy’s 1511 Cornwall village, the timeless and forbidding forest world of the tapestry, and Tessa’s modern-day Portland, Oregon. Will’s enslavement is told in flashbacks, which builds a nice tension around the connections between Tessa and Will and allows the author to reveal details at just the right moments. Grades 7-10. --Cindy Welch
Starred Review, School Library Journal, March 2011:
"William de Chaucy’s introduction to modern marvels is written with such wonder and humor that readers will look on the world and its conveniences with new eyes. This absorbing and mesmerizing read has it all–fantasy, romance, witchcraft, life-threatening situations, detective work, chase scenes, and a smattering of violence. Imaginative and compelling, it’s impossible to put down."