RELEASE DATE: July 09th 2019
AUTHOR: Elizabeth Lim
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Magic, Retelling, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.
Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.
And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.
Spin The Dawn is the first book in the Blood Of The Stars series. At first I really wasn’t sure that I would love this book because I’ve seen some people complaining that it was a slow read which I’m not really fond of, but I still gave it a shot because I love East Asian fantasy especially Mulan retellings. And guess what? I really enjoyed this book. I loved the characters, the magic, the quests, and the world the author has built. It was truly a magical read and even though it’s not a total perfection, I had a good time reading it.
The story follows Sixteen year old Maia Tamarin who aspires to become the greatest tailor in the land but girls can’t be tailors let alone an Imperial Tailor. Her only option is getting married. When a royal messenger arrives at her doorstep with an imperial order to her ailing father, Maia couldn’t ignore it. Her father wasn’t in a state to do tailoring but they couldn’t ignore the royal summoning. So Maia decides to go in his stead by posing herself as a boy. When she finally arrives at the court, she finds eleven other tailors who’re also vying for the job. They all compete against each other and everyone is determined to win even through backstabbing and lying. To make things even more complicated, the charismatic Court Magician who finds pleasure in getting a rise out of her discovers her secret. For the final challenge, when they’re given an impossible task, Maia isn’t the one to back down. she embarks on a great journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars.
Maia is a strong female protagonist. She’s smart, endearing, brave, and very much stubborn. Even if the odds were against her, she would never give up. I quite enjoyed her character. Her love for her family is very much admirable especially her relationship with her brother who’s handicapped. Edan was a mysterious, witty, and charming character. He helps Maia by keeping her identity a secret, but he wouldn’t help her in the challenges. I loved every interaction and banters between Maia and Edan. It was a slow burn romance and I enjoyed every minute of it. The secondary characters weren’t bad, but they didn’t intrigue me as much as the main characters.
The plot was intriguing filled with adventure, magic, and a dash of romance. It wasn’t a total action packed read, but it wasn’t a boring read either. I really liked the concept of the enchanted scissors and the final three magical quests at the end. They’re the best parts of this book. The first half is little slow, but the second half totally makes up for it. The book was written in Maia’s POV, but I wish it was written in dual POV’s. I enjoyed the author’s compelling writing style. Her words had transported me into the world of magic and adventure. I honestly didn’t want to get out of it. The world building and the magical system was simply amazing.
Overall, I loved this book! It was very creative and a unique take on the tale. Despite few issues, I think it was a beautiful read and I can’t wait to read its thrilling sequel. If you’re one of those lucky readers who already read it then please share your thoughts in the comments below.
If you like YA fantasy filled with magic and adventure, then definitely add this in to your TBR list.
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