Book review | Spin the Dawn, Elizabeth Lim

Book description

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.


Note : 4 sur 5.

CWs & TWs: violence, grief
Representation: asian MC and cast of characters
Tropes involved: enemies to lovers, forbidden love


My review

Oh my, you guys. I loved this story so very much, I didn’t want it to end. Everything about it, the settings, the myths, the legends, the actions, the characters, everything happening. I loved the way the book is cut in half, with two different parts of the same story. I was afraid at first, but it was so well made I adored this structure. It isn’t common to see such a narration and it keeps all its promises here.

The whole myths behind the story fascinated me, and hooked every single of my reader’s senses. I was stuck in this book like it hadn’t happened to me in such a long time. I read for hours and hours, not drinking anything, not snacking, not taking my eyes off the pages. And to put you in context: I have no time to do such thing with my bachelor and exams coming. This is the effect this book had on me.

The only thing that I liked a little less about this book might be the romance involved. It is a forbidden love – enemies to lovers kind of romance, but it was so so so predictable for me. Some lines of dialogue were on the verge of being highly cliché and took me out of the story from time to time. I still loved the problematic between the two characters but I think such a romance should have had a much more important place in the story – even if it already had. Because it gave me a bit of a conflicted feeling: the main character looks like an independent woman, doing everything for her dream and her family. And then the guy arrives. And that changes. (or maybe that’s just me having a problem with this dynamic aha)

Anyway, please, PLEASE, read this book. It was incredible. Such a great fantasy and world building. A very strong MC and a lovely evolution. Also, the cliffhanger is killing me. Thanks for that.

Perfect for fans of

Chinese mythology
Enemies to Lovers
Forbidden romance
Dangerous quests

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Have a nice and beautiful day/evening wherever you are in the world,
Estelle.


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