Author: E.K. Johnston
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Format: paperback ARC
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. (Goodreads)
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I read A Thousand Nights back in June and absolutely adored it. The writing was gorgeous, the story was captivating, and the characters were compelling. I was so excited when I got the chance to get a copy of Spindle back in May because I was already a huge fan of Kate’s and have a very extensive collection of her books.
Spindle is a companion to A Thousand Nights so the cast wasn’t the same group of characters but I still adored those featured in this book! It was such a different, unique grouping of children from different cultures and family styles. Watching them grow and learn to understand one another. I really adored Yashaa especially and how much he grew as a person and also his story-telling.
The writing in Spindle was also absolutely beautiful just like in A Thousand Nights. I’m always so amazed by how versatile Kate’s writing is…she goes from a contemporary like Exit, Pursued by a Bear to Ahsoka to books like this with so much ease. She executes the more embellished writing-style this book calls for so well and I became so immersed in the story-telling thanks to it.
This was an amazing companion novel. I cannot recommend A Thousand Nights and Spindle enough for their characters, writing, and story-telling. You can definitely read this before the first book without being lost or spoiling too much for yourself so pick up whichever calls to you the most and start there!