Riveting Read: Spindle Fire
A page turning read that will ensnare its readers
Perfect for fans of Renee Ahdieh and Marissa Meyer
Her current read is ‘Spindle Fire’ by Lexa Hillyer
This instalment of Riveting Reads come to you from Assistant Youth Librarian Kerrie Gamble.
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. 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. 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.
Lexa Hillyer has created a unique take on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. The writing is vivid and poetic adding rich details that brings the story and characters to life. This world is rich in exposition without dumping information in gently reveals in secrets which submerges you in both the ethereal dream world and the real world of this tale. Hillyer has created an adventure packed read with strong romantic sub plot for both of the main characters but ultimately this is a story of love and friendship between two sisters. One of the most interesting facets of this novel is the magic system. The fae in this world can grant you something through magical tithing but it comes at a cost. To gain something like beauty you with have to lose something like touch. The main characters tithings were done while they were young and without their consent. ‘Spindle Fire’ is full of royalty, magic, cures, riddles and unexpected plot twists that will keep you gripped throughout.
Hillyer has crafted unique and well fleshed out characters that entice you to keep reading. While there are a few chapters written from the viewpoint of various fae primarily the story is told through the alternating viewpoints of the two main characters, Aurora and Isbe. Aurora and Isbe are not your typical princesses, they are both strong women who will carve their own paths. Aurora is sweet and due to her tithing beautiful but she is also courageous and willing to go out of her comfort zone. Isbe is strong willed and doesn’t let anything get in her way especially if she is curious about something. Isbe is also kind and yearns for answers about her mother. Isbe is the more compelling character and I loved seeing her come into her own. The devotion these two sisters have for each other makes this tale sing and as the reader you cannot wait for them to be reunited.
An innovative take on magic that will tempt readers to pick up book two
You can find this book in Young Adult Fiction under HIL