Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
These kind of books need to become a trend. Seriously!
The kind of stories that grip you from the very first words and enthrall you in-between its lines taking you on a whole new adventure.
The kind of stories that empower young girls; telling them that they can do anything if they just believe enough in it.
I’d like to Thank Penguin Random House International for my free advance reader’s copy, you guys rock!!
#spinthedawn is not project runaway meets mulan; god it's much much more than that.
It's a mix between the fairytales we grow up reading and the Chinese rich cultural; we need a lot more of that. This book must be added asap on your to-read list and mark your calendar because July 9th is when this magic is unleashed.
Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.
Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia's task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.
And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor's reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.
Spin the Dawn, Elizabeth Lim, Knopf, Penguin Random House, July 9th 2019, ISBN: 9780525646990 , Paperback, Rating: ★★★★, 416 pages.
The first part of the book, can give you real Mulan vibes. The journey Maia embarks upon to discover herself and go beyond her capabilities is truly inspiring. It makes you want to believe more in your dreams, achieve more and push yourself to the limits. I enjoyed every second of her adventure and I was absolutely dazzled with each dress, project, clothing piece she made.
The book then changes direction and the plot twist comes right in the middle - something that was totally unexpected but it added a whole new exciting flavor to the story. I loved how slowly the romance evolved, and the story took its time building to a crescendo.
I don't want to go into very deep details as this book is a true adventure, and if you're a fashion enthusiast, believe in the power woman can wield then this read is definitely for you. And don't get me started on the swoon-worthy Lord Enchanter - oh boy! I would have loved to know a lot more about the king and the queen-to-be but I hope this is rectified in book two.
Maia is a character with an amazing story to tell; from a young girl looking to care for her father to a young woman fighting villains, saving her love and creating magical dresses.