Book Title: Spin the Dawn
Series: The Blood of Stars (#1)
Author: Elizabeth Lim
Release Date: 07/09/19
Star Rating: Imaginative YA fantasy romance
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in return for an unbiased review.
Billed as “Project Runway meets Mulan”, this book is certainly original and lives up to that description surprisingly well. The main character, Maia, is a phenomenal tailor, who unfortunately lives in a strictly patriarchal society. She finds an opportunity to disguise herself as a boy, and enter into a competition to become the most prestigious tailor in the kingdom. Her skills are so good she has it in the bag. Except for the treacherous people she is competing against, the strange royal couple with their increasingly ridiculous demands and that strange magician in the court, Edan, who seems to see through all of Maia’s tricks.
What follows is an epic YA fantasy romance story with an imaginative magic system and a cute love story. Their attraction is believable, which is not always true in YA. If you like needlework, sewing, crafting (as I do) then this book provides additional interest as her magic is wound up with her ability to produce magical garments.
This book is a nice, easy to read introduction to this world and new series. I think a fan of YA fantasy will enjoy it.
Song for this book: I Will Be There – Odessa