SPIN THE DAWN by Elizabeth Lim is a romantic and gorgeous book that is called Mulan meets Project Runway. Penguin Random House gave me the ARC via NetGalley for an honest review. This post DOES NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS.
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.
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Why I was interested: Growing up, Mulan was one of my favorite Disney Animated films so combining it with fashion made me really excited.
Judge a book by it’s cover: The cover hints at the exquisitely beautiful story inside with hints at what is to come (including Maia’s magical scissors). I love the hand-drawn look of it and having Maia on the cover as herself if a great addition.
What to expect: A romantic story, lovely magic, and a great quest.
Why you should pick this book up: If you loved Mulan but wished it had more magic, then this is the story for you. If you love magical fashion or Project Runway, you will really enjoy this.
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