“As the truths behind the faerie legends were revealed, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”—Kendare Blake, author of New York Times bestselling novel Three Dark Crowns “Absorbing. Poetic. Lexa Hillyer draws the walls between dreams and reality with shimmering grace and phrases of such beauty I had to read many of them twice.” —Jodi Lynn Anderson, author of Tiger Lily
“With its engaging heroines and delicious prose, Spindle Fire pulled me into a richly detailed world full of intrigue and magic.” —Amy Ewing, New York Times bestselling author of the Lone City trilogy
Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.
And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood, a Faerie Queen who is preparing for war, a strange and enchanting dream realm—and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.
Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, Spindle Fire is a tour-de-force fantasy set in the dwindling, deliciously corrupt world of the fae and featuring two truly unforgettable heroines.
In Hillyer's (Proof of Forever) inventive take on Sleeping Beauty, 16-year-old Princess Aurora of Deluce cannot speak or feel, and her older half-sister, Isbe, is blind these senses were "tithed" by fairies when they were babies. Aurora is to be married to Prince Phillip of Aubin, forging an alliance between their kingdoms, but when Philip and his brother Edward are murdered, it's suspected to be the work of the faerie queen Malfleur, who is planning war. Aurora will now be wed to a third prince, William, and Isbe is to be sent to a convent. When Isbe runs away, Aurora goes after her, happening upon a cottage where she pricks her finger on a spindle and is transported to a dreamland called Sommeil, while a sleeping sickness sweeps her own kingdom. Now Isbe must save Aurora. Aurora and Isbe are no delicate flowers, and Hillyer's depiction of Isbe's blindness is especially resonant. There is romance, but it's the devotion between these sisters that makes this story sing and that will leave readers eager to continue their story. Ages 14 up.
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I love fantasy literature and found myself transported into the story. I love that the story is told from multiple viewpoints the intermingling of generational stories. The common arcs of the characters is lovely to compare. I enjoyed the symbolism in the literature and the feminist twist.
Adapted Fairy Tale
Two sisters, close even against the odds, until Aurora blood causes her to be swept away to an alternate world where she meets Heath…while Aurora appears to sleep in this world.
Isabelle wants to save her sister. She finds everyone in the palace has a sleeping sickness and she must go in search for a prince that can wake Aurora and hopefully save the day from the evil fae Malfleur.
Malfleur is a faerie, building an army to take LaMorte, Aurora and Isabelle's kingdom, after she killed her twin, the Night Faerie.
I couldn’t help but think of Spindle Fire as a twist taken from the Sleeping Beauty with fae and just for that I would of been all in. The premise was incredible, completely what I would love in a book…but the execution missed it mark. It just seemed choppy and lost my attention often. Lots of potential, extremely creative and yet I had a hard time with continuing. I’m sure this will hit its mark with some young adult fantasy fans. But for me, I appreciated the imagination behind the plot. I appreciated the strong female character, especially Isabelle, and in the end that is what made me like it and continue on.
I received this ARC copy of Spindle Fire from HarperTeen in exchange for a honest review