[Title: Spin the Dawn. Author: Elizabeth Lim. Published: July 2019. Add to your Goodreads here.]
“Ask me to spin the finest yarn or threat, and I can do it faster than any man -even with my eyes closed. Yet ask me to tell a lie, and I will stumble and falter to think of one. I have never had a talent for spinning tales.”
Pitched as Mulan meets Project Runway, this instantly captured my attention. I read this three months ago (I’m so behind with writing reviews its unbelievable!) I finished this in two days, it would have been faster if I didn’t have university work to complete, but it left me thinking about it and yearning to read it -which is always a sign of a great book.
The writing style was lyrical and flowed, the mythology that was included was extremely interesting! The Legend of the God of Thieves was magical. I enjoyed the plot, there were twists that I both expected and didn’t expect. I loved the idea of crafting the magical garments, “One woven with the laughter of the sun, another embroidered with the tears of the moon, and lastly, one painted with the blood of the stars.” The journey that the characters had to undertake to collect these objects was exciting, interesting and gripping.
Maia and Edan were my favourite characters, I enjoyed the trope of slow-burn fake romance turned into real romance. The romance was believable and swoon-worthy.
This was a book well-deserving of the hype and I’d recommend for lovers of romance, fantasy, mythology and magic.
5 out of 5 stars.