"The most powerful stories encompass a paradox. Spindle is both mythic and true, old beyond reckoning and dazzlingly, gloriously new. You've known this story all your life; you have never heard its like before. 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 tangled--and they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled.
E. K. Johnston
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This book is a follow-up to: One thousand and one nights. The story is told through alternating first-person narration: Yashaa and the demon. Johnstone takes a unique perspective on: Sleeping Beauty. Johnston turns her attention to the Spinners that are also affected by the demon's curse. Princess Zahrah enlist Yashaa and his friends to help her brake the curse and save the kingdom.
Technically well done, but didn't work for me.
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...
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