Night Spinner

Night Spinner

by Addie Thorley


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“Tightly wound, laser-focused epic.” – Kirkus

A must-read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, transforming The Hunchback of Notre Dame into a powerful tundra-inspired fantasty.

Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky King’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer—a monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan.

Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior.

Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discovers the tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keeping thousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebish must decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister. No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring the empire to its knees.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781624148880
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
Publication date: 02/11/2020
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 88,167
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Addie Thorley is the author of An Affair of Poisons, which earned a starred review in School Library Journal and was named a Barnes & Nobel Discover Great New Writers Selection. When she’s not writing, she can be found galloping around the barn where she works as a horse trainer and exercise rider. She currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and wolf dog. You can find her online at or on Twitter @addiethorley.

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Night Spinner 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
ShesGoingBookCrazy 13 days ago
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Page Street Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review. All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. Content Warning: Death, Gore, Blood, Starvation, Torture, War "You don’t need a master, Enebish. Be your own hero. You can save yourself--and me--but only if you open your eyes." Enebish has known a life of duty and battle her entire life. Having been known as one of the best warriors in the Sky King’s army, she created her identity around that. Also being a Night Spinner--a special Kalima power that allows one to have the ability to bend night within her grasp--she was an indispensable asset. Until, one day, she lost control and slaughtered a merchant caravan. Forced to quell her storm, her dearest friend and surrogate sister Ghoa had to maime her in order to get her under control. "Followers of the New Order attain exaltation by reporting the mistakes of others. The more grievous the infraction, the closer they come to rapture. And I, the most notorious criminal in the empire, am imprisoned in the heart of their den." In the aftermath, Enebish becomes known as Enebish the Destroyer, and is branded a traitor to the kingdom. Ghoa, being the commander of the Sky King’s army, is able to secure her a spot hidden away in a monastery, where she will be looked after under strict supervision, instead of executed for her crime. A moonstone is placed into her chest in order to sever her connection with her magic, and secure the safety of others around her. "The sky doesn’t care that I am wicked and ugly. The clouds never rain down judgment for my crimes, and the moon shines without flinching on my injured limbs and scarred face. The majority of Ashkar may despise me, but the heavens will always embrace me in arms of frost and wrap me in a blanket of starlight. In the eyes of the Lady of the Sky and Father Guzan, I am accepted. Wanted." Enebish, scorned and fallen from her pedestal, severed from her magic, crippled, and left without much purpose, is forced to create a new life for herself. She finds purpose in training the king’s eagles, but still flirts with the night when it comes around each evening. In a land where the Lady of the Night and Father Guzan are no longer worshiped as the Sky King had denounced their existence, Enebish finds herself yet another outcast, as her relationship to the night leaves no question that they are alive and real. One day, Ghoa visits the monastery. It is the first time Enebish has seen her since her banishment. There to retrieve the king’s eagles, Ghoa gives Enebish leave along with Serik, a monk at the monastery, to see the eagles safely to the celebration. The excursion doesn’t go without a hitch, however, and Enebish finds herself at the center of ridicule. From out of nowhere, a group of rebels led by the notorious Temujin interfere and tell Enebish to seek them out. When Ghoa learns about her interaction with Temujin, she offers Enebish a reward if she can hunt the criminal down. She would be reinstated to the army if she could infiltrate enemy lines and capture Temujin. Wanting her old life back more than anything, Enebish agrees, but underestimates the difficulty involved. The truth behind the ongoing war is also underestimated, as the empire’s situation is much more dire than she ever realized. Between the Sky King’s empire and the rebel
WishEnd 13 days ago
NIGHT SPINNER is a story of deception and betrayal, friendship and family, with magic and war woven throughout, and a touch of romance. The fantasy world is intriguing and the characters well drawn, while the story will have readers turning pages as quickly as they can. Highly recommended to YA fantasy fans! I loved how the characters and plot unfolded in this story! Enebish had to grow on me a bit. She was so gullible and from the beginning I knew that things were not as they appeared or as she had been told. But if you're like me and like stories with strong character development, you will not be disappointed here. She goes from a girl who tries to hide in herself and her grief to someone I will happily cheer on through the rest of the series. I loved her! Serik was this unpredictable spark in the story and I loved how full of life he was. I also loved that even though he's only in parts of the story, those parts were well played. Temujin was the ideal golden leader of a revolution and I'm curious how his story will unfold. Then there's Ghoa. She's a complex puzzle and I'm very curious as to how her story will unfold as well. There were villains who were all well hidden and it was never completely clear who could be trusted. The ending gives enough of a pause that it doesn't end on a complete cliffhanger, but also leads well into book two, which I am very much looking forward to! In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed this one! The fantasy world is well drawn, the characters are underdogs who readers won't be able to help cheering on, and the story itself is intriguing, with the promise of more to come. Perfect for YA fantasy fans. Content: Some violence, but clean. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through the Fantastic Flying Book Club, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.
Jade Geoffroy-Jacob 14 days ago
First off, if I could give this more than five stars, I would. I so would. I usually am reasonable when it comes to my sleep. This book changed that, I stayed up so late because I couldn't put it down. I knew the plot was promising and I knew I would probably love it, but I hadn't anticipated how much. Come on guys ! There's a fallen warrior that has magical Kalima abilites, and that girl CAN WIELD THE NIGHT ! How amazing is that ??? Her nickname is Enebish the Destroyer ! I LOVE IT ! Yes, sure, she doesn't like that name much herself, but I thought it was badass. So, Enebish is a former warrior of the Empire, who was stripped of her Kalima power after a gruesome event caused by her a few years prior. She is imprisonned in a monastery away from the people, until her sister Ghoa fetches her for a special mission : If Enebish manages to find Temujin and his rebellion posse, she will be reinstated as a Kalima warrior and get her powers back. I'm a sucker for badass heroines with cool power, so I absolutely adored Enebish. She's both precious and strong, and I love her. She's not over the top, has ideals to defend, knows what a hard life is and knows to treasure what she has. I'm sorry, but I thought she was perfect. In a way, she reminded me a lot of Feyre, from ACOTAR. Actually, the whole book had a small Sarah J. Maas feeling, even though Addie Thorley has a writing of her own, and is an amazing writer from what I read. Like in most YA books, there's some kind of romance floating around (really not much though), and for once, I was never able to grasp who Enebish was thinking of in this way, as she is somewhat constantly balancing between two guys, various feelings, and her duty for Ashkar. I liked not knowing how the various relationships would evolve, it made those parts of the story more realistic (and relatable haha) What made me love this story most though, is the number of plot twists. There are so many ! It was incredible, and I swear I hurt my eyes trying to read as fast as possible to know what happened next. Even better, I did not see those plot twists coming, and I love being surprised that way. It was simply formidable and there was so much going on ! Honestly, the only thing I'm sad about is that it's not even released yet, and I already want Book 2 of this. I physically need it and won't know rest before I set my eyes on it.
paisleypikachu 15 days ago
I do love a good retelling, even if they are becoming a bit overdone in YA. That’s probably why the idea of a Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling stood out so much to me. I haven’t read the source material, but just from what I do know of the story Night Spinner was a really cool take on the original. Maybe not one of the best books I’ve read so far this year, but it was definitely enjoyable with some moments that really grabbed my attention. Night Spinner has its fair share of issues. For one, the pacing was a little all over the place. The beginning was very slow for me, full of world-building that felt like one big info dump. Once I got past that though the pace definitely picked up. For a hundred or so pages I was really drawn in, the story giving me plenty to focus on. Then it slowed down again. While I thought the ending was great, the parts leading up to it left something to be desired. I think this was in part caused by the predictability of a couple of the big ‘twists’ leading up to the climax. But, like I said, the ending itself was great and actually surprised me. I really enjoyed Enebish as a lead characters. She offered a really cool, unique take on a YA heroine- what if the fierce warrior became meek and scared? En was so loyal, so willing to trust those she loved. Maybe that’s not always a good this, and maybe it was a little frustrating to read, but I think it was meant to be read that way and it showed her heart and always felt true to character. As for the side characters, I could take ‘em or leave ‘em. They ere fine, but didn’t stand out to me, and Enebish really stole the show anyways. The story itself was good. Just good. Like I said before, I found the events leading up to the climax to be very predictable, but they were still fun to read. The world-building, while maybe not introduced as well as it could have been, did add a lot to the story, giving it a unique feel. And the ending was very well done. It closed out this part of Enebish’s story while still leaving enough questions and openings for a sequel to be looked forwards to. Night Spinner would be great for fans of An Ember In the Ashes or the Grishaverse books. Its solid lead and good story make it worth reading, while the ending really stands out and makes me excited for a sequel and more of Enebish’s story.
Anonymous 17 days ago
I absolutely loved this book! It drew me in from the first page, and had me until the very end. Needless to say, I'm happy it has a little one next to the title because I need more! Thorley is such a great writer. Her prose are lyrical and beautiful; she sets the scene and brings it to life before your eyes. The characters she created are full of life, with emotions and drives that build a solid foundation for a story. I have never read The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but I have seen the Disney movie. Even with that knowledge, I believe Thorley does a great job of weaving the old with the new and creating a story that stands apart from any kind of source material. There were enough twists and turns to keep me on my feet, and just a touch of romance to sate my need for love. I felt connected to the characters and found myself rooting for them until I hated them. I really liked that my inklings weren't all founded while some of them were, and I enjoyed the reveals as they came. Overall, this was such a great read and I can't wait for more Enebish!
marongm8 17 days ago
This book was received as an ARC from Page Street Publishing - Page Street Kids in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. When I found out the story's principal character had a unique name, I immediately had to jump at the chance to read it even without knowing what the main premise was. Night Spinner tells the story of Enebish former ultimate warrior for the Sky King's Imperial Army who is known as the Night Spinner controlling threads of darkness. Enebish looses control of her power and is banished from the army and even worse, is labeled a monster. Enebish will stop at nothing to gain control back even if it means sacrificing the love she cares for the most. All was lost until Enebish's sister Ghoa has an enticing offer to capture the notorious criminal Temujin and be reinstated as the ultimate warrior. Little to her knowing, Temujin is stealing these supplies to keep thousands of people surviving during the war and now Enebish is left to make the ultimate decision that may sacrifice everything including her life. I was so breathtakingly thrilled throughout the book that I was literally holding my breath at times. Fans of Robin Hood and Game of Thrones and even Throne of Ashes will appreciate this book and I know our teen book club will go crazy for it. We will consider adding this title to our YA collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
onemused 18 days ago
NIGHT SPINNER is a slow-building YA fantasy. Enebish has a rare ability as a night spinner to control the dark and the stars, which had previously made her a valuable warrior in the Sky King's military. However, after an incident where the beast took over and she killed a caravan of merchants, she has been punished as a traitor, bearing horrible marks on her face and living at a monastery, where she is a prisoner, where her somewhat relative/BFF, Serik, is a terrible monk who defends her to those that wish to do her harm. After her adoptive sister, Ghoa, offers Enebish the opportunity to try to prove herself once again by aiding the capture of Temujin, Enebish agrees. She is eager to find the man who ended her horrific and public torture. After she finds him, Enebish is torn. Her people are living in poverty with barely enough food to feed the war efforts. The soldiers she finds are in terrible shape, and their country has forgotten them. Enebish is no longer sure she can turn over this supposed traitor, when he seems to be doing so much good. The book has a bit of a slow pace that takes a while to really pick up. Some of the major twists at the end were pretty predictable. However, I loved the idea of these powers and found the characters really intriguing. I would definitely be interested in reading more. I do wish that the twists had been harder to predict, and I also would have loved more romance plus a bit deeper world-building into the magic of this place. Enebish has a special place in my trusting heart, and I definitely want to see her story continue. Overall, I would recommend for people looking for a new, slow-building YA fantasy. Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.
Marta Cox 18 days ago
So this is being marketed as a retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame because its heroine is damaged, scarred and considered a monster. Indeed she's frequently referred to as the Destroyer and as the story begins she's living (or should that be existing ? ) in the monastery that's she's been banished to by their King. Enebish doesn't really remember losing control of her formidable powers and wiping out innocents but she knows that she deserves her punishment. The only bright spark in her restricted world is Serik, her adopted brother and her sister who offers her a chance to redeem herself but what if the cost is too high ? This was an enthralling, magical read and I had so much empathy for Enebish as she's steadfast and really only trying to do the right thing. Enebish absolutely adores her adopted sister Ghoa and clearly would do anything for her. Serik is joyously irreverent and I loved that he always tried to protect her. I'm reluctant to give too much away as the twists when they come are both shocking and heartbreaking. Enebish and the journey she took from shy, self depreciating to full out strong, selfless heroine kept me glued to the page. I'm very excited to read more from this author and I'm left thinking what really makes a monster ? This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair