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Spin the Dawn

Elizabeth Lim

9 Reviews

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Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

'What an amazing creation! Every time I thought I knew where it was going, I was wrong. This is a white-knuckle read' Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author

A gifted tailor in disguise. Three legendary dresses. The competition of a lifetime.

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

On the fringes of the Great Spice Road, Maia Tamarin works as a seamstress in her father's shop. She dreams of becoming the best tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well.

When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as his son and travels to the Summer Palace in his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to save her family and achieve her dream of becoming the imperial tailor. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia's task is further complicated when she draws the unwelcome attention of the court enchanter, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor's reluctant bride-to-be: from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renee Ahdieh.

'Looking for your next big YA fantasy series? We've got our eye on this stylist blockbuster' Entertainment Weekly

'Spin the Dawn is proof that casting a wider net not only gives us a fresh story that feels unlike everything else on the shelves beside it but also allows for richer and more nuanced storytelling' NPR

'All the cutthroat competition of a runway fashion reality show and the thrilling exploits of an epic quest . . . a stunning tapestry of adventure' The Washington Post

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Praise for Spin the Dawn

  • Your next big YA series . . . We've got our eye on this stylist blockbuster - Entertainment Weekly

  • Romance, artistry, and deep enchantment - Gregory Maguire, NYTimes bestselling author of Wicked

  • What an amazing creation! Every time I thought I knew where it was going, I was wrong. This is a white-knuckle read! - Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tempests and Slaughter

  • Part epic adventure, part fairy tale, and part Project Runway, Spin the Dawn is a thrilling tale as rich as velvet and as exquisite as fine embroidery - Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere

  • A stunning tapestry of adventure - Washington Post

  • A fabulous fantasy . . . Sure to delight even the most jaded of fantasy readers - NPR

  • Lim weaves an enchanting narrative, with all the magic of a fairytale and the guts and grit of an epic adventure. Diverse folklore, imaginative worldbuilding and a brilliant lead character who wields creativity as skillfully as a weapon - this is a gem for all lovers of whimsical fantasy! - Natasha Ngan, NYTimes bestselling author of Girls of Paper and Fire

  • Beautifully written with a can't-wait-for-the-sequel ending, this breathtaking and

  • fast-paced Silk-road inspired fantasy from the author of Mulan-retelling Reflection (2018) is sure to enchant readers beginning to end - Booklist

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