Spindle

Spindle

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, an...

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Title:Spindle
Author:E.K. Johnston
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ISBN:1484722280
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:355 pages

Spindle Reviews

  • Laura
    Jan 31, 2016

    EXCERPT IS HERE:

    The intrigue is real.

  • Lata
    Feb 14, 2017

    Beautifully written. A continuation of "A Thousand Nights", though this story takes place many years later among the descendants of the Storyteller Queen's sister. This is the first retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story that I enjoyed, probably because I actually liked the princess in this story, Zahrah.

    Though I did not love this story as much as the first in this series, I still enjoyed it, and the author's lovely characters.

  • Justine
    Dec 20, 2016

    Johnston has such a clear and lovely storyteller's voice, which she uses to great effect in this book. On the surface the tale is simple, but it has a depth that makes it very satisfying to read. I didn't love it quite as much as

    , but it was still quite a lovely book and very much worth spending time with.

    E.K. Johnston remains a must-read author for me.

  • Alissa
    Dec 25, 2016

    4.5 stars.

  • Gabrielle
    Mar 07, 2016

    I

    NEED

    THIS.

  • Madison
    Sep 23, 2016

    Honestly, I don't think I have the words to convey how wonderful this book is. It simply deserves to be read and enjoyed.

    Yashaa's life changed the night the curse was laid upon the Little Rose. It might have been the princess who was cursed but it was Yashaa, his mother and their community of spinners who left their home in the castle and were forced into exile. Now Yashaa is grown and his mother is dying. He has little choice when she requests him to take his friends and attempt to make a bett

    Honestly, I don't think I have the words to convey how wonderful this book is. It simply deserves to be read and enjoyed.

    Yashaa's life changed the night the curse was laid upon the Little Rose. It might have been the princess who was cursed but it was Yashaa, his mother and their community of spinners who left their home in the castle and were forced into exile. Now Yashaa is grown and his mother is dying. He has little choice when she requests him to take his friends and attempt to make a better life away from their camp. She would never expect him to try and find the cursed princess and could never dream how Yashaa's life threads, and those of his friends, will become tangled with the princess's.

    This book is the second book in the A Thousand Nights series. It is more of a companion novel, set many, many years after the events of A Thousand Nights. It was lovely to, from the distance of time, see how Lo-Melkhiin and the Storyteller Queen's tale continued and sparked the creation of a new story. Spindle is part adventure quest, part love story. You can see the threads of the fairytale wrapped up and expanded in the delicious details of this world and its vibrant characters. If the characters in A Thousand Nights remained anonymous, those in Spindle become as dear and familiar to you as old friends.

    I think I loved Spindle more than A Thousand Nights. Kind of unbelievable, I know. A Thousand Nights was an unknown; a shocking, beautiful surprise. I started Spindle knowing what kind of story to expect and yet I was still blown away and delighted.

    Something I love about E.K. Johnston's books are her strong female characters. And yes, Spindle tells the story of a princess's strength and determination, but it is also about the strength of family - because it is only by protecting those you love that strength finds its purpose. Spindle is narrated by Yashaa. I loved seeing the story though his eyes. His love for his makeshift family, his willingness to sacrifice himself to protect them, his humility, his ability to laugh at himself and his desire to dream make him a wonderful character. The comradery of his little band is so delightful - young, but resilient Arwa, dreamer Tariq and reliable and protective Saoud.

    It's actually quite lovely to disappear into such a well-crafted fantasy again. And there is no compare for E.K Johnston's evocative writing and incredible story building.

    The love story was just as enjoyable as the adventure. I was gleefully rubbing my hands together as I read Yashaa's initial distaste and condescension for the Little Rose. Because this is a fairytale after all and I know how fairytales end! And yet I never could have guessed how this story would unfold. I think this might be my favourite love story. One where a lad rescues his princess and yet never dreams of considering himself worthy of loving her until she shows him how.

    Strength, love, determination, sacrifice. If you love fairytales, love stories, fantasy books or just excellently executed novels then Spindle is so very worth reading.

    The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Find more reviews on my blog

  • Natalie Monroe
    Jan 28, 2017

    I only gave out a handful of 5-stars last year and one of them went to this book's predecessor

    . It was lush and creative and feminist, and I loved everything about it.

    The writing seems less somehow, the characters not as interesting. It's ironic when you remember the protagonist in A Thousand Nights

    I only gave out a handful of 5-stars last year and one of them went to this book's predecessor

    . It was lush and creative and feminist, and I loved everything about it.

    The writing seems less somehow, the characters not as interesting. It's ironic when you remember the protagonist in A Thousand Nights didn't even have a name.

    The sequel—or spin-off since it occurs hundreds of years after the events of the previous book—is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a few nods to Rapunzel. If the Little Rose spins or otherwise makes things, she'll open her mind to possession and the demon will use her to destroy her kingdom. Piskeys created by the Storyteller Queen (our A Thousand Nights heroine) counteract it with the spell we all know: a deep sleep to stall the demon. Little Rose is then locked in a tower until our protagonist, Yashaa, the son of a spinner, rescues her.

    The

    Johnston is a terrific world-builder and does a great job of eliminating the original tale's sexism. Little Rose loves her kingdom and her people, and is willing to do anything to set it right.

    But it drags in places since

    I've never been fond of travel storylines, which I partially why I put down The Lord of the Rings five years ago and never picked it back up. Some decisions the characters made felt abrupt, like the author didn't quite know how to direct them towards a certain plot point. They were supposed to journey to the Maker King's country and then suddenly decide to hunt down Little Rose to ask her about the curse. After Little Rose joins them, they decide to find the piskeys and ask them how to break the curse.

    If it's that easy, why has no one attempted it before? Their mental map is all over the place.

    And the finger-prick moment doesn't happen until the very end. It's a shame because the thorny forest, Beauty's enchanted sleep, and the search for a cure are all important and familiar elements from the original fairy tale. Instead they're summarized in one short chapter, the last one, in Rose's POV.

    It's the ending that really makes up for everything. It's beautiful and poignant and admittedly sudden, but cleverly so.

    We're left to decide on our own what will become of Little Rose and Yashaa's relationship, whether they'll stay together or become friends.

    There is a certain value in uncertainty and Johnston weaves it like a master.

  • Mila BlackSheep BS
    May 11, 2016

    *HEAVY BREATHING*

    What is this? A companion novel?????

    December 2016 WTF?!

  • Nastassja
    Dec 23, 2016

    First of all, one and the main reason everyone should try

    books -

    . It is so very beautiful, so fairy-tale like; every

    First of all, one and the main reason everyone should try

    books -

    . It is so very beautiful, so fairy-tale like; every word is filled with magic. The richness of it creates unforgettable images in readers' head, the feeling of the world inside the book; so vivid, so beautiful.

    is

    . The story takes place in the same world in the future, with different set of characters, but it is important to read

    first, because

    is a continuation of book's one story and the characters from the previous part are mentioned here. In addition, I would highly recommend to read a short story

    , it tells a story about the MCs from book one and their lives years after the events of

    .

    is she's very good at showing love, friendship, family and all other important topics that play a significant role in everyone's lives, but always she chooses to develop one of these topics more deeper than the others. In the case of

    it was sisterly love that helped the heroine to fight. In

    it's friendship. And when I say the author

    this theme, I mean that she's making

    in such way that no one can stay unmoved.

    In spite of

    being a great continuation of the previous story, my main problem with it lies in it being a little bit underdeveloped in the end. The final pages felt rushed, and the way the story ended felt unfulfilling to me. But, again, some people find this book better than the first one, so it's definitely a matter of taste.

    The story takes place some years after the events of book one. And this one is a retelling of

    with an interesting view on the original story. There's a curse a demon had cast on the Kingdom of

    . It is up to four brave young

    to break it and free the princess. It is the hardest quest our young heroes ever had. On their way they will be tried, they will lost and they will find, and, most importantly, their friendship will strengthen like never before. It is not a story of a single hero saving everyone. It is a story of four young people who aren't heroes at all.

    Don't expect epic battles. Don't expect dashing heroes and bland villains. Heroes are not what they seem in this story and villains are too cunning to be easily slayed. Expect to be surprised. And expect

    . What is a fairy-tale without magic, right?

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Jul 21, 2016

    I liked this even more than I did ‘‘A Thousand Nights.’’

    But you do not obligatorily have to read that one to be able to comprehend what is happening in this book. In fact, the author summarizes the first novel in the beginning.

    Though I’m going to admit that there are many references to the first book.

    That aside, God, E.K. Johnston really knows how to write a novel. It’s not that her world-buildings are incredibly-crafted or storylines so beautifully-weaved.

    That’s not quite it. She just writes

    I liked this even more than I did ‘‘A Thousand Nights.’’

    But you do not obligatorily have to read that one to be able to comprehend what is happening in this book. In fact, the author summarizes the first novel in the beginning.

    Though I’m going to admit that there are many references to the first book.

    That aside, God, E.K. Johnston really knows how to write a novel. It’s not that her world-buildings are incredibly-crafted or storylines so beautifully-weaved.

    That’s not quite it. She just writes so WELL. Plus she rocks at dialogs. Some authors just don’t know how to make dialogs sound interesting and not monotonous, but this author uses so much of the world she creates and the personalities of her characters in her dialogs that going from reading description to dialog is done so smoothly.

    And also, what I mean is that she knows her characters. She knows their personalities; what they would do and not do, what they would think and not think, what they would want and not want. She respects this about them. Never did I stop and think, ‘‘Wait a minute… Why would they do THAT?’’

    Ultimately, it’s truly Johnston’s words that won me over. The storyline is good, the characters are great, but the writing is MAGNIFICENT and I do not use this word quite often as I wish I would.

    Like ‘‘A Thousand Nights,’’ however, it’s slow-paced and really does not progress very fast.

    I wish this author would write a retelling of ‘‘Beauty and the Beast’’ or ‘‘Rapunzel,’’ because those are my favourites.

    Oh, one last thing: ‘‘The Sleeping Beauty’’ is my LEAST favourite fairytale, so my giving this book four stars says a lot about E.K. Johnston’s talent.

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