Series: Spindle Fire #1
Published by HarperCollins on April 11, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romantic, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Hardcover
Sexual Content: References to sex.
Reviewed by: Julia
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 her 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--and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.
As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.
Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape . . . or the reason for her to stay.
Spindle Fire is the first book in a duology.
It is easy to see that Lexa Hillyer is a poet, as the language in SPINDLE FIRE is as intoxicating and disorienting as the best fairy magic. Sometimes emotionally resonant, sometimes a bit inaccessible, SPINDLE FIRE's magic is much more about feelings than understanding how this world works.
I hesitated in choosing a rating for SPINDLE FIRE. For language and characterization, this is a four star book. The ending, however, felt abrupt, and some readers may want to wait for both halves of this duology to be available before taking the plunge. Though the setting is nominally the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, this version ventures far enough afield to require answers all its own.
Beautifully written, I think I would have whole heartedly loved this book in one installment (or if both were available now). As it stands, finishing SPINDLE FIRE with nothing else to hold on to has more of a "rudely interrupted" than a "to be continued" vibe.
- For a really different take on beloved fairy tales, try Marrisa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles. My favorite is book 2, SCARLET.