"The Storyteller Queen lives, and her name is E. K. Johnston."
-Rachel Hartman, New York Times best-selling author of Seraphina
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 tangledand they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
E.K. Johnston had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she's learned anything, it's that things turn out weird sometimes, and there's not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it's about a pairing she likes.
You can follow Kate on Twitter (@ek_johnston) to learn more about Alderaanian political theory than you really need to know, on Tumblr (ekjohnston) if you're just here for the pretty pictures, or online at ekjohnston.ca.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Disney Hyperion for the opportunity to read and review Spindle by E.K. Johnston! Spindle is book two of the series, A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston, but it can be read as a stand-alone book. The story is told in a young man's point of view, Yaasha. His mother is ill and wants him to leave her and travel onward. Yaasha travels with a few of his close acquaintances. He rescues Little Rose from a tower that she was locked in. The group tries to keep their freedom but are eventually captured. They grow very close and create strong bonds of friendship. The tone is dark and the evil Storyteller Queen is a demon who wants to destroy Little Rose; 4 stars for this fairy tale fantasy containing suspense, loyalty and the bonds of friendship!
In case you were not already aware, Spindle is the second book in a series. The first book is entitled A Thousand Nights. Spindle is meant to be a retelling of the ever popular Sleeping Beauty tale. There is a girl, there is a curse, and there is a demon. If she spins bad things are supposed to happen. Etc. And for the most part I would say that Spindle follows this idea fairly well. However, unlike most books it is not told from the point of view of the cursed princess. Instead it is told from the point of a view of a boy whose whole life and everything he knows has been affected by the curse. And the curse is ravaging the whole kingdom, especially the spinners. They get sick if they spin, so they can't make the thread that makes the cloth that makes the clothes. After finishing up the first book, I was ready to dive into more of this world and to see where the author was going to take us next. To be honest, I was kind of surprised in the differences between these books. The main difference that I noticed in this book compared to the last is that it is written differently. Where in book 1 we had no names to characters, pretty much all of the characters in book 2 have them. I think this is in part why I feel the unique voice that I had come to think of this series to have is gone for me. It feels less like a storyteller is telling it now versus someone of the story is telling it. Also, this book is set quite a bit after book 1 took place. Different characters, different location, different different different. It will kind of refer back to what happened in book 1 at times and there is the spinning aspect that is really holding it together. Because, yes, just like in the first book, spinning is a HUGE part of the story. I guess you could probably have figured that out though just by knowing that it is based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale though. All in all though, I really felt pulled in when reading this story. And while I wasn't expecting the change in writing style, I am okay with it. It still worked. Oh...and this book really was starting to make me want to pick up spinning! This review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone. Find more of my reviews here: http://readingwithcupcakes.blogspot.com/