Author: Lexa Hillyer
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Source: Glasstown Entertainment
Summary: A kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale.
It all started with the burning of the spindles.
It all started with a curse…
Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.
And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.
As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.
Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape…or the reason for her to stay. (Goodreads)
*I received a digital copy of this book from Glasstown Entertainment in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.*
What a great beginning to a new retelling series. The sisterly bond, the struggle to beat the curse that has fallen on Deluce, and the sisters’ journey to discovering who and what they are separate from one another.
I’ve been in quite the slump lately and had trouble finishing books but I was able to fly through Spindle Fire like it was nothing. I needed to know what happened to Isabelle and Aurora with every new development and I was jumping ships like crazy throughout the story.
I’m used to faerie magic being all powerful and generally infallible but in this story it was way more complex and messy. The idea of the faerie thithe in exchange for desireable traits for children is also an interesting take on their powers.
The sisters at the forefront of the story were my favourites in the book. I felt immediately connected to and protective of them. I shipped them hard (one of them with a couple people…oops) and wanted them to succeed in their endeavours and cut through the curse. There were a couple of secondary characters I enjoyed but Aurora and Isbe were the stars for me!
The adventures kept me on my toes throughout the story and my curiousity to see how things would unravel made the book hard to put down.
Winter Glass, the continuation of Isbe and Aurora’s story, comes out on April 10 and I can’t wait to see how their journey evolves. I highly recommend Spindle Fire and will be anxiously awaiting the chance to see how their story continues!