I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Spindle by E.K. Johnston
Series: A Thousand Nights #2
Published by Disney-Hyperion on December 6, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Format: Print, Print ARC
Source: the publisher
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The world is made safe by a woman...but it is a very big world.
It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen drove the demon out of her husband and saved her country from fire and blood. Her family has prospered beyond the borders of their village, and two new kingdoms have sprouted on either side of the mountains where the demons are kept prisoner by bright iron, and by the creatures the Storyteller Queen made to keep them contained.
But the prison is crumbling. Through years of careful manipulation, a demon has regained her power. She has made one kingdom strong and brought the other to its knees, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with the final blow: a curse that will cost the princess her very soul, or force her to destroy her own people to save her life.
The threads of magic are tightly spun, binding princess and exiled spinners into a desperate plot to break the curse before the demon can become a queen of men. But the web of power is dangerously tangled--and they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled.
If you’d like to see what I thought about this book’s predecessor, A Thousand Nights, go here!
This is my THIRD E.K. Johnston book and she has easily her way into my top authors list and has joined the coveted (mostly by me, because I love not having to think about whether to get a book or not) auto-buy authors ranks. And while two of the three books are from this series, they all have merit and stand on their own laurels.
This book is set in the world of A Thousand Nights, but can easily be picked up by a newcomer to the series. It takes place in a world where our past heroine saved the kingdom. But as the synopsis so clearly stated, it’s a big kingdom. This book, like its sister, is a retelling of sorts. Where that one was based in the lore of Arabian nights, this one follows the Sleeping Beauty mythology.
The best thing about E.K. Johnston is the wave she weaves words. They are so lyrical, so magical, it’s like diving into a warm pool or sitting on a sunny patch of grass. You just want to sit back, close your eyes, and revel in it a bit. In addition, she’s got interesting plots, and witty dialogue, so basically you are never left wanting. Even though the story progresses slower than one might like, the WORDS are so beautifully written, that it actually allows you the opportunity to relish them a little bit more. For me, I love a tight plot and lots of action, so enjoying books such as this one doesn’t happen often. To say I’m okay with the slow pace is to truly speak to the level of the craft put into the story.
As I read this book, I began to enjoy it even more than I did A Thousand Nights. I went into it with no expectations, but I left truly wanting more from this world. As fairy tale retellings are a huge thing right now, we are starting to see an oversaturation. But when someone can tell the story the way Johnston has, so differently, it’s hard not to want more.
And Johnston is known for her strong females. Not only are the lead characters strong individuals, with a whole smattering of qualities you’d want for a protagonist, but the secondary characters such as family and friends are just as worthy of your time.
t it actually allows you the opportunity to relish them a little bit more. For me, I love a tight plot and lots of action, so enjoying books such as this one doesn’t happen often. To say I’m okay with the slow pace is to truly speak to the level of the craft put into the story.
Overall, this story is one you want to read. In fact, read both of these books. And then go read Exit, Pursued by a Bear. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be left wanting to hug E.K. Johnston for existing in the world and putting things so lovely into the universe.
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