Rambling about books

Book review: Spindle, by E. K. Johnston

Book cover from Goodreads

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Title: Spindle (A Thousand Nights #2)

Author: E. K. Johnston

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Retellings, Young Adult

Goodreads link

It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen saved her country from fire and blood – but now the kingdom of Kharuf is threatened by a demon gathering power. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with her final blow: a curse that will cost that 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 quest to break the curse. But the web of power is dangerously tangled – and they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled. Taken from Goodreads.

To be completely honest, I wasn’t going to read this book. I was pretty disappointed from reading A Thousand Nights that I really wouldn’t feel like I had missed anything out if I sit this one out. But Goodreads says that this was not necessarily the continuation from the first book, I mean it technically is but the event in this book happens for thousand of years after the first book, so I figured maybe it would have been different?

You know what? I can totally enjoy this one better than the first book. It’s either because I didn’t set my hopes too high or I just enjoy this story more. Sure, it was pretty annoying and boring reading Yasha narrates the story but there’s something interesting about this book compared to the first one. It might have something to do with the characters. This time around, we have a total of five characters, and although Yasha took the charge in narrating, at least we get to see different characters.

I’m still not entirely hooked on the slow progress of the story and the incredibly short epic battle that seems to be promised from the beginning of the story, but at the very least I did enjoy reading this than the first one. So, I assume that’s a good thing?

Why not? You don’t necessarily have to read the first book, although if you’ve read it before, it would have helped because some events from the first book were mentioned quite a bit throughout the story. But you’ll do fine if you just read this book.


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