A YA fantasy reimagining of The Hunchback of Notre Dame... Night Spinner by Addie Thorley (Review & #Giveaway) @the_ffbc

Welcome to my tour stop! I love the cover for this one and have been
excited to read it. Find my thoughts and the tour giveaway below...

Night Spinner
(Night Spinner #1)
By Addie Thorley
YA Fantasy, Retelling
Hardcover, Audiobook & ebook, 400 Pages
February 11th 2020 by Page Street Kids


A must-read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, transforming The Hunchback of Notre Dame into a powerful tundra-inspired epic.

Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky King’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer―a monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan.

Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior.

Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discovers the tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keeping thousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebish must decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister. No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring the empire to its knees.

(Affiliate links included.)

My Review

NIGHT SPINNER is a story of deception and betrayal, friendship and family, with magic and war woven throughout, and a touch of romance. The fantasy world is intriguing and the characters well drawn, while the story will have readers turning pages as quickly as they can. Highly recommended to YA fantasy fans!

I loved how the characters and plot unfolded in this story! Enebish had to grow on me a bit. She was so gullible and from the beginning I knew that things were not as they appeared or as she had been told. But if you're like me and like stories with strong character development, you will not be disappointed here. She goes from a girl who tries to hide in herself and her grief to someone I will happily cheer on through the rest of the series. I loved her! Serik was this unpredictable spark in the story and I loved how full of life he was. I also loved that even though he's only in parts of the story, those parts were well played. Temujin was the ideal golden leader of a revolution and I'm curious how his story will unfold. Then there's Ghoa. She's a complex puzzle and I'm very curious as to how her story will unfold as well. There were villains who were all well hidden and it was never completely clear who could be trusted. The ending gives enough of a pause that it doesn't end on a complete cliffhanger, but also leads well into book two, which I am very much looking forward to!

In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed this one! The fantasy world is well drawn, the characters are underdogs who readers won't be able to resist cheering on, and the story itself is intriguing, with the promise of more to come. Perfect for YA fantasy fans.

Content: Some violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through the Fantastic Flying Book Club, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Addie Thorley is the author of An Affair of Poisons, a YA historical fantasy, which was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and is a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee. Her forthcoming novel, Night Spinner, will be released on February 11, 2020.

She spent her childhood playing soccer, riding horses, and scribbling stories. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in journalism, Addie decided “hard news” didn’t contain enough magic and kissing, so she flung herself into the land of fiction and never looked back. She now lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and wolf dog. When she’s not writing she can be found gallivanting in the woods or galloping around the barn where she works as a horse trainer and exercise rider.

Tour Schedule
Tour-Wide Giveaway

Win a copy of NIGHT SPINNER by Addie Thorley (US/CAN Only)
Ends February 25th, 2020

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Is this one on your list to read? 

No comments

Post a Comment

I love comments! I try to read and reply to them all. Feel free to agree or disagree and generally share your thoughts with me.