Spindle by E. K. JohnstonSpindle by E. K. Johnston

Spindle

byE. K. Johnston

Hardcover | December 6, 2016

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"The most powerful stories encompass a paradox. Spindle is both mythic and true, old beyond reckoning and dazzlingly, gloriously new. You've known this story all your life; you have never heard its like before. The Storyteller Queen lives, and her name is E. K. Johnston."
-Rachel Hartman, New York Times best-selling author of Seraphina
The world is made safe by a woman...but it is a very big world.

It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen drove the demon out of her husband and saved her country from fire and blood. Her family has prospered beyond the borders of their village, and two new kingdoms have sprouted on either side of the mountains where the demons are kept prisoner by bright iron, and by the creatures the Storyteller Queen made to keep them contained.

But the prison is crumbling. Through years of careful manipulation, a demon has regained her power. She has made one kingdom strong and brought the other to its knees, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with the final blow: a curse that will cost the princess her very soul, or force her to destroy her own people to save her life.

The threads of magic are tightly spun, binding princess and exiled spinners into a desperate plot to break the curse before the demon can become a queen of men. But the web of power is dangerously tangled--and they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled.
E.K. Johnston had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she's learned anything, it's that things turn out weird sometimes, and there's not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it's about a pairing she likes.You can follow Kate on Twitter (@ek_johnston) t...
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Title:SpindleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 1.12 inPublished:December 6, 2016Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1484722280

ISBN - 13:9781484722282

Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from They have to make sure there aren't any loose threads. It took me a long time to get through Spindle, almost 3 months to be exact. Although that mostly had to do with school taking up most of my time, but the story itself was also kind of slow. I went into Spindle thinking it was just going to be a Sleeping Beauty retelling, I also went into it knowing that it was a sequel to A Thousand Nights, but you would not need to have read the first book in order to understand Spindle. Knowing that, I was excited to hop into the book. I found myself a little disappointed with the story, I found the idea to be interesting but for some reason I could just not find a hook in the story to keep me enticed. Overall, my favourite part of the story was what I believe a Islamic/Arabic feel to it. The world having been made up, had no specific location in our world associated with it, but the characters and people in the story could be connected to the specific culture(s). The characters names, their customs, their attire, they could all be associated with the culture. My favourite part was that it was obviously not the main focus of the story, but rather just who they were as people, and not just something added to further the plot. There aren't enough of these kinds of stories in YA, and I look forward to seeing more stories like this in the future. Spindle was a story filled with mythical creatures and adventure, I would definitely recommend to people who are fans of retellings.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Addition! I really enjoyed the first one, this made a great duology
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Addition to the Retelling Genre Disclaimer: I did not realize until I was well into Spindle (Kingdom of Sleep) by E.K. Johnston that A Thousand Nights (also by E.K. Johnston) was a companion novel which takes place prior to this one. That being said, I do not think that having not read A Thousand Nights detracted from how much I enjoyed Spindle. Spindle is perhaps the most enjoyable retelling I have read from the genre in a long time. Spindle is written with a masterful hand – in this regard, it is perhaps Johnston herself who should be hailed as the Storyteller Queen. While Spindle is a retelling, it is not a handfisted fairytale retelling, as many retellings of late. Instead, Spindle takes the most integral elements of Sleeping Beauty, and mixes them with a rich culture, a determined family, and a host of unforgettable characters and villains, to create somethings truly unique. Johnston creates not only a rich story, but also rich characters who bring the story to life – one would not be complete without the other. Yashaa, the Little Rose, Arwa, Tariq and Saoud were each individuals, and yet members of a family, which serves to love, care for and protect one another. And then, Johnston’s fabulous prose brings the characters to life in a believable and heartwarming way. Overall, Spindle was a excellent retelling that stands out within the growing retelling genre for its unique qualities and adept storytelling. Johnston puts a new spin on an old classic, creating new characters and a spinning plot which captivates and engages the reader (4/5).
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Addition to the Retelling Genre Disclaimer: I did not realize until I was well into Spindle (Kingdom of Sleep) by E.K. Johnston that A Thousand Nights (also by E.K. Johnston) was a companion novel which takes place prior to this one. That being said, I do not think that having not read A Thousand Nights detracted from how much I enjoyed Spindle. Spindle is perhaps the most enjoyable retelling I have read from the genre in a long time. Spindle is written with a masterful hand – in this regard, it is perhaps Johnston herself who should be hailed as the Storyteller Queen. While Spindle is a retelling, it is not a handfisted fairytale retelling, as many retellings of late. Instead, Spindle takes the most integral elements of Sleeping Beauty, and mixes them with a rich culture, a determined family, and a host of unforgettable characters and villains, to create somethings truly unique. Johnston creates not only a rich story, but also rich characters who bring the story to life – one would not be complete without the other. Yashaa, the Little Rose, Arwa, Tariq and Saoud were each individuals, and yet members of a family, which serves to love, care for and protect one another. And then, Johnston’s fabulous prose brings the characters to life in a believable and heartwarming way. Overall, Spindle was a excellent retelling that stands out within the growing retelling genre for its unique qualities and adept storytelling. Johnston puts a new spin on an old classic, creating new characters and a spinning plot which captivates and engages the reader (4/5).
Date published: 2016-12-24

Editorial Reviews

"The most powerful stories encompass a paradox. SPINDLE is both mythic and true, old beyond reckoning and dazzlingly, gloriously new. You've known this story all your life; you have never heard its like before. The Storyteller Queen lives, and her name is E. K. Johnston."-Rachel Hartman, New York Times best-selling author of Seraphina