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Project Runway meets Mulan sounds interesting but I need this book for reasons that have everything to do with the cultivated vanity that s reserving my space in hell..I mean just look at THAT COVER. I am actually speechless, this book is marvelous, and you need it in your life Blog Twitter Instagram Tumblr Bloglovin I am actually speechless, this book is marvelous, and you need it in your life Blog Twitter Instagram Tumblr Bloglovin wow wow wow i am truly blown away by how amazing this story is the book blurb does this a slight disservice by pitching it as a cross between mulan and project runway not because it doesnt have those elements, but because this is SO muchthan that the story is captivating with enthralling writing and charming characters oh my gosh edan is one of the wittiest characters i have read in a while his banter with maia is such a delight to read from start to finish, i was entertained with wow wow wow i am truly blown away by how amazing this story is the book blurb does this a slight disservice by pitching it as a cross between mulan and project runway not because it doesnt have those elements, but because this is SO muchthan that the story is captivating with enthralling writing and charming characters oh my gosh edan is one of the wittiest characters i have read in a while his banter with maia is such a delight to read from start to finish, i was entertained with every page but what really impressed me is the blend of cultures the world is an array of different people and traditions and i love how this captures that so well this story richly mixes the folklore of both east asian and middle eastern cultures and creates a vibrant setting, perfect for maia and her adventure i love how this didnt just stick to one, like most stories do, but expanded beyond that it made for quite an enchanting world to read.i am so desperate to get my hands on the next book if only i could find my own enchanter to make it happen 5 stars Eastern mythology dances with rich fairy tale elements, an amazing journey to the sun, moon and stars, lots of amazing dresses created by a gifted artistic tailor and her magical scissor and please don t forget the heart throbbing forbidden love story How could I not fall in love with this book And the best thing is I got the sequel after my regular weekly four rejections from NetGalley, I think I still have some lucky stars shining over me So of course you can imagine I m making my happy Eastern mythology dances with rich fairy tale elements, an amazing journey to the sun, moon and stars, lots of amazing dresses created by a gifted artistic tailor and her magical scissor and please don t forget the heart throbbing forbidden love story How could I not fall in love with this book And the best thing is I got the sequel after my regular weekly four rejections from NetGalley, I think I still have some lucky stars shining over me So of course you can imagine I m making my happy dance on the breakfast table and my husband is watching me in shocked expression, holding his phone to call somebody put me straitjacket in and take me to some mental spa place that s what he calls the asylum, they will refresh my nerves with gentle electroshock massages, cute, isn t it But I reminded him his Latino dance move after his team won the UEFA championship He suddenly dropped the phone and climbed on the table to join my dance A trip to the memory lane always helps to bring joy to us Let s talkabout book This book is hooked you from the first page kind of fast pacing, exciting, riveting reading STORY Maia takes place of his brother by disguising herself in man clothes to compete with the most talented tailors of the empire to change her family s poor fate and show her talents to win her place as emperor s tailor But her competitors areexperienced, ambitious, relentless and playing dirty to take her out of the race They even ruin her shawl she perfectly designed and later, one of them attacks her to break her hand But luckily the palace s mysterious and charismatic Enchanter Edan is on her side He gives her important clues to defend herself and win the competition He also heals her broken hand Czzzzzz can you feel the sizzling chemistry I did They waltz between them with insulting words, teasing comments widened my Cheshire cat smile Quiet delicious enemies to lovers relationship grows on you And interestingly their love story is so much better than several romance books I ve read this year So finally our good hearted, fair, strong, stubborn, talented tailor Maia achieves to eliminate her competitors But now she has the toughest challenge that nobody succeeded to finish completely Because they could not stay alive to finish them She needs to sew three different dresses from the laughter of the sun, tears of the moon and blood of the stars This means her epic fantastic journey begins at this moment But don t worry, his enemies friends lovers kind of complicated Enchanter will accompany her through the journey.CHARACTERS Maia is fantastic, talented, brave, easy to relate and love kind of five stared heroine And Edan he could be heavenly fantasy book boyfriend is entertaining, witty, loyal, strong, trustworthy hero I loved his way of treating Maia with respect and unconditional love.And of course I wholeheartedly loved Maia s family I ached for those brothers, too I wished Edan could meet with the rest of the family See This book brought out secret romantic and delicate part of me I loved those couple so much I can be volunteer to help them for their wedding planning They re soooo cuteeee ENDING Oh boy, that twist That cliffhanger made me throw all the book towers waiting to be read on my study and immediately start the second book But at least five books on my list to be finished at first Dammit You ll ask if you love the book so much, why did you cut one star you cruel, heartless bitch Well, I think slowing pacing at the journey parts and late angsty emotional twists, so many sacrifices about the couple have to face to be together were too much dramatic and melodramatic for my taste At some parts I questioned myself if I was reading an angsty romance or fantasy book But it s really tolerable because Edan and Maia are so genuine and unique characters and their love story is so special, memorable.So as a summary THIS BOOK, THIS JOURNEY, THOSE CHARACTERS ARE SPECIAL If you re die hard fans of this genre, you shouldn t skip this book I love it Period This was the magical adventure of my dreams and I am a little starstruck right now I meeeean, wow It mixed this whimsical fairy tale quality in with one of my favourite ships of 2019, not to mention the ending has left me gasping like a dried out minnow on the floor I JUST I thought it was a standalone and now I needand I do not havehelp meeeeee pulls self together barely can we talk about the magic firstbecause it was astoundingly and gorgeously done Maia is disguising he This was the magical adventure of my dreams and I am a little starstruck right now I meeeean, wow It mixed this whimsical fairy tale quality in with one of my favourite ships of 2019, not to mention the ending has left me gasping like a dried out minnow on the floor I JUST I thought it was a standalone and now I needand I do not havehelp meeeeee pulls self together barely can we talk about the magic firstbecause it was astoundingly and gorgeously done Maia is disguising herself as a boy to win a position as the Imperial Tailor to save her very poor, very low on luck family And as the story goes on, she s commanded to sew three dresses from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of the stars So like we have some epic amounts of whimsy going on and I LOVED IT It meshed this fairy tale quality tone with just a good ol epic fantasy adventure cue roadtrips and trails etc Perfect mixture is perfect Plus I confessI get really exhausted reading epic fantasy usually But not this I felt like it had perfect world building BUT still stayed really easy to read and accessible thx from me, with only two brain cells to rub together.I also loved the magic scissors that Maia wields and the hint that, because she can use them and others can tmaybe there sto herI hear it pitched as a Mulan retelling, but that s really only because Maia disguises herself as a boy to enter the trials But she s literally sewing lmao And no one sings I ll Make A Man Out Of You so Smh the characters won my heart in an instant I loved Maia She s your loving, passionate and forthright Gryffindor type can t lie, loves her family, will plunge into danger with 2% planning LOVE MAIA She has a little hot temper streak and I adored that too But oh oh we must also talk about Edan, aka the Imperial Enchanter who takes quite a shine to Maia right up I mean, he s a magician so he can tell she s not a boy And their banter just goes from little jabs to homey bickering and GAH I LOVE THEM This is my favourite trope Mild enemies to lovers ajfkdlsad And I can t even say how much I cracked up at their arguments Edan is absolutely ridiculous and just like this fluffy, sparky ball of magic who doesn t shut up and teases Maia so much she just wants to throttle him But yA KNOWthe chemistry is off the charts Maia is basically yelling that he s arrogant and he s like OH YEAH and then she s like YEAH NOW KISS ME YOU JERK and I stan Paraphrased, hush The book is much much better written than my meme ing qualities Anyway 10 10 to their relationship ajdfklsad I felt like Edan all dressed in black, bound to the Emperor, mystical with dark powers is like the inverse of the Darkling If the Darkling was a dorky boy and flirted like a giddy pumpkin the story it toldOk I totally loved the story It held a lot of homey tropes too so like the trials of the tailors to win their position was fun and stabby Then Part II of the book islike a roadtrip with lots of perils I am less, personally, fond of fantasy excursions but it didn t feel slow I LOVED the gathering of impossible objects and all the banter there too And did I mention THE ENDING WASN T FAIR It brought out the feels like nothing else Like don t hold back punches W O W My only cautious negative, and I did read an ARC so I don t know if this changes, is there was several anti queer sentiments like Maia being horrified at the thought of gay men etc overall I m not sure why you are still here and not reading this book.I so SO enjoyed it It was magical and whimsical, but also layered with humour and banter, and a couple I completely and utterly adore EDAN AND MAIA, MY MAGICAL DISASTER LOVERS It captured my imagination and my heart And of course adored the full Asian POC cast from an ownvoices author More of this And cannot frikkin wait for the sequel Can I sue for false advertisement This book was advertised as Mulan meets Project Runway, two things I love So, I was pretty sad, and yet not all the surprised when this ended in disappointment.Aside from the fact that the main character pretends to be a man, there isn t much about this story that resembles that of Mulan And only the first third of the book actually resembles Project Runway So, what is this book about Mainly, it s about a tailor and an enchanter magician Jinn going on a po Can I sue for false advertisement This book was advertised as Mulan meets Project Runway, two things I love So, I was pretty sad, and yet not all the surprised when this ended in disappointment.Aside from the fact that the main character pretends to be a man, there isn t much about this story that resembles that of Mulan And only the first third of the book actually resembles Project Runway So, what is this book about Mainly, it s about a tailor and an enchanter magician Jinn going on a pointless adventure in order to find impossible materials to make a magical dress for a spoiled and petty girl determined to not marry an emperor.Literally, the entire plot hung on the fact that Princess Sarnai decided she was going to postpone her wedding by making life difficult for everyone and asked Maia to create three impossible dresses made of sunlight, moonlight, and the blood of stars.Even the characters point out the ridiculousness of it several times in the storyI wanted to reach unto my trunk and rip Lady Sarnai s dresses to shreds They were the cause of everything if I hadn t gone on this journey to make them, none of this would have happenedAnd then againLady Sarnai s damned dresses They were the reasons everything had gone wrongBasically, if Sarnai had been a little less out to complicate everyone s lives and asked for a regular dress, or like a shirt or a jacket or literally anything else, the later 2 3 of this book would not have happened.Most of the book took place on the road as Maia and Edan, our resident enchanter and love interest, try to find sunlight so pure it can be spun moonlight so dense it can be woven and the blood of stars.That means that the entire book is driven by these two characters and their interactions I wouldn t have had a problem with this if I had loved these characters.Don t get me wrong I didn t dislike these characters I just didn t particularly care for them or their adventure Maia was too passive Nothing at all like Mulan She didn t make the story happen Things in the story simply happened to her and she reacted to it As for Edan, I don t really have much to say He was pretty alright, I guess So, maybe its because I ve read too much YA in my 22 years of life Maybe I m just not impressed as easily as I once was Maybe these characters just weren t that interesting Who knows The point is, I had the same blank expression the entire time I read When they were in danger when they were happy when they were using their magical powers I simply didn t care.That said, I kinda liked the romance of it It felt a little rushed, especially since Maia kept pointing out that she knew literally nothing about Edan s past, but it was cute enough Edan was really sweet I m glad this didn t go the way most YA tends to and give us an a hole love interest that eventually develops feelings and starts behaving like a decent human That s kinds how I thought this was going to go in the beginning Thankfully, Edan was always a really nice guy.In the end, I didn t dislike this book It was fine I m certain that many people will like it In fact, many people already do, according to all the positive Goodreads reviews If you re one of those people, I am glad The book isn t bad and does have some interesting moments I just personally didn t care for it I also don t think I ll be reading the sequel But also, I probably still might .FREE PDF ♪ Spin the Dawn ♃ An alternative cover edition for this ISBN can be found here Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA 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 starsMaia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest 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 a boy and takes his place She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin There s just one catch Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the jobBackstabbing 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 attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguiseAnd 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 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 Ren e Ahdieh Balancing the Load from the sun Most Likely To... the moon Blind (Lorelei Bluffs Book 3) and the starsMaia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land The Counterfeiter-Catching Cat (Beatrice Young Cat Mystery but as a girl Gordo & the Gringo the best she can hope for is to marry well When a royal messenger summons her ailing father Selendang Pelangi once a tailor of renown Dünyanın Üç Yüzü to court Maniilaq Maia poses as a boy and takes his place She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered Secret Admirer but she ll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin There s just one catch Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the jobBackstabbing 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 attention of the court magician The Penguin Pool Murder (Hildegarde Withers Edan 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Rowling's Wizarding World : A Pop-Up Gallery of Curiosities she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom واحات مصر - المجلد الأول seeking the sun Henriettas War the moon The Adventure of the Concussoris Magnus and the stars Comets and finding than she ever could have imagined Steeped in Chinese culture Heaven sizzling with forbidden romance Sustaining Urban Networks and shimmering with magic How I Met God...from Islam to Jesus this young adult fantasy is pitch perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas or Ren e Ahdieh One word WOW.This book is pitched as Mulan meets Project Runway but it was really so muchthan that I loved it 2 Angry cunt starsYes, cunt Clem is back and I m about to burn the house down Instagram rant on youtubeand non gender conforming folks, welcome to another episode ofHow the hell did this get published , staring Spin the Dawn and yours truly Please take a seat, grab yourself a drink, and hold on tight to your grandma s underwear.because shit is about to get serious SYNOPSISSome random girl from the north of somewhere I can t, for the life of me, tell you where likes to sew c2 Angry cunt starsYes, cunt Clem is back and I m about to burn the house down Instagram rant on youtubeand non gender conforming folks, welcome to another episode ofHow the hell did this get published , staring Spin the Dawn and yours truly Please take a seat, grab yourself a drink, and hold on tight to your grandma s underwear.because shit is about to get serious SYNOPSISSome random girl from the north of somewhere I can t, for the life of me, tell you where likes to sew clothes in her dad s old sewing shop Apparently, her dad used to be famous and, 20 years later, some random dude who we never see again knocks on her doorstep and requires the father s presence in court to participate in some competition to become the royal tailor But the dad can t go because he s a drunk and the daughter can t go because she s not a man, so she disguises herself as her brother and impersonates him in court She wins the competition and becomes the royal tailor Now she ll have to keep the charade of her being a manand she ll be under threat of being executed foreverspoilers and severe cringe ahead1 So, we need to talk about this trend of having the main character in Asian fantasy having to crossdress to survive, but who never questions their gender identity because it s so outrageous to even think gender identity can be fluid or not cis I m not saying that I want every crossdresser to be trans, I just want the perception of one s gender expression to be discussed in novels This trend is just an example of how unoriginal this book is I ve read 5 fantasy YA like this already in 2019 and I can t, for the life of me, differentiate them from one another 2 The worldbuilding One word It s non existent If my bestfriend hadn t told me that this was an Asian fantasy, I wouldn t have known I can t say where this book takes place What kind of government it has What religions are represented or invented How the magic works Who are the gods What kind of creature exists Why are the two sides at war Nope, I have literally no clue.3 The characters I dead ass caught myself calling Mia by the name Alina for the majority of this book the love interest being the disgusting Mal obvi That goes to show how well developed the characters are Whenever the female character showed a bit of personality she either passed out or needed saving Seriously, we re being told that Mia is so strong and smart , but all she does is sleep, complain, and gush over some random hobo.4 The romance.Just kidding I have rarely beenturned off in my entire life It was as if I was reading the script of the worst Lifetime movie ever made The cringiness of the dialogues broke the levels of the awkwardness of After the movie I had chills during some of the dullest and impersonal romantic dialogues I ve ever read in my life Here are some examplesYou deserve someone who can be with you That someone isn t me Kissing you was wrong It was a moment of weaknessAnd manythat I can t even look at without gagging In other words, just because you can write one word after the other doesn t mean that you should write a book Maybe I should start to listen to my own advice 3.75 STARS Fun, sweet, bursting at the seems with unique myths and magic, a world unprecedented, splattered with a delicious dosage of knitting and prettily sparkling dresses oh my , a little too cloyingly romantic, and not good with its fight scenes oh noPeople will see what they want to seeSpin the Dawn, in one sentence A tailorMulanthrough a royal competition alongside treacherous masters, a journey through magical, perilous lands for an impossible task, and a love story th 3.75 STARS Fun, sweet, bursting at the seems with unique myths and magic, a world unprecedented, splattered with a delicious dosage of knitting and prettily sparkling dresses oh my , a little too cloyingly romantic, and not good with its fight scenes oh noPeople will see what they want to seeSpin the Dawn, in one sentence A tailorMulanthrough a royal competition alongside treacherous masters, a journey through magical, perilous lands for an impossible task, and a love story that fills up your heart Sometimes finding the way is tricky, but you always do As long as you don t give up.Do you sing If not, prepare to have a blast, because I want to tell you about the beautiful art of singing you can scroll down to the other sections where I compare it to Mulan and discussed the writing, story, and romance Imagine a singer, inconspicuous but striking She stands there, before you at a nod of your head, she starts out her song with a low tone There s no music You have a moment of doubt, but then her voice settles deep in your bones You sit up straight, but she doesn t care she s been already swept up and away from your mortal world and into the magic of the melody The enchanting rhythm.She paints a tapestry with her words, she plays with your emotions, she awes you with her talent to sing the lower notes so artfully Such mastery Singers struggle for years to own those sounds and yet, here she is, the notes flying from her lips with such strength, obeying her with such devotion, you think she s an enchantress, a queen of this art And she takes her precious time she moves from F3 up to A3 and back down to B2, she dances on C1 and C2 then jumps on C4 and sweeps back to B3 and you catch your breath and you think, you think you are dreaming You are in awe of her mystical voice You smile You sigh There is a sneaky little teardrop full of love rolling down your cheek Your poor heart swells.Then she goes higher She grasps at E5 and you cringe She tiptoes back down to the lower notes You smile You silently kick yourself for your reaction all is well But she hops up on those higher notes again and you stiffen she slides back down, you relax, settling in for a show because what a slide indeed You are daydreaming and humming and maybe falling in loveuntil there s a screech An earsplitting, blood all over the floor type of scream You jump out of your seat and watch her, that blessed singer, tear down the foundation of her song You watch her stumble from one high note to the next, trying to leash the wildness of that untamed horse and you feel like crying.It is like listening to the disaster of your life.To the destruction of something special.To the sound of potential as its fuse catches fire as it explodes Gone.The singer sings, unaware She runs back down and dwells on her lower notes again It is as if nothing happened Again, you are in awe of her mystical voice Again, you smile Again, you sigh But there is no sneaky little teardrop full of love rolling down your cheek Your heart no longer swells.Our sweet singer is Elizabeth Lim, her art not singing but spinning tales Her song is Spin the Dawn, a swan song that failsWhat keeps you up at night I asked You re never in your tent A cloud passed over his face Demons and ghosts With a faint smile, he added, And not having enough books to readContent Warnings sexism, passing threat of rape, and slight slavery Storyline In a land where the Sun, the scorching cruel god, and his glamorous wife, the Moon, meet only one night a year through a bridge of stars that collapse and bleedIn a land where myths and magic roam the halls of kings and sneak into the hands of tailors, filling them with greedAnd in a land where a girl cannot become a master or a tailor or run a shop and is nothing but a wife, expected to concedeThere lives a girl who could not spin a tale for the love of her, but can spin the finest yarn, and spin the dawn You are meant for , Maia I turned away How can I be I m not a man Maia Tamarin has a dream one she tucks close to heart, sewing it there, hidden within her chest so full of pain, because she is afraid they would mock her, laugh at hersuch an impossible dream to become the master tailor for the king That is, until her ailing father is summoned to court to be one of the twelve famed and talented masters competing for the very job she has dreamt of, night and day To spare her family from ruin and achieve the dream she knows she is talented enough to deserve, Maia risks her life and dresses up as her limping brother, setting off for a palace where her lying, fellow competitors would do anything to prove their art is superior and win the contest This contest wearies me We are craftsmen We should learn from one another, not cut each other s throats But nothing is as simple as that if beating a band of treacherous old men in a competition while maintaining her disguise can be called simple because the Lord Enchanter, Edan, the mysterious shadow of the emperor, seems to know just how to get under her skin, seeing all her secrets while also being immeasurably annoying.Not only that, but she is tasked with sewing the three dresses of the goddess one from the laughter of the sun, one from the tears of the moon, and one the blood of stars those mythical wonders many tailors have tried and failed to bring to life, for the emperor s bride to be So, at dawn, she leaves for a long journey across perilous lands, deep into deserts and up, up, up, until she reaches the sky Some journeys have ends, but not this one This one will change you Irrevocably The tale of a girl who d have to sew the sun, the moon, and the stars into three dresses, the tale of a girl whom a demon would vow to possess It is the tale of a boy, too A boy who can fly but not swim A boy with the powers of the gods but the shackles of a slave A boy who loves her.It is a tale still being written Is This a Retelling of Mulan This book was accused of having nothing in common with Mulan except a girl pretending to be a boy, the retelling part being a lie I kept that in mind when I started reading, and my eyebrows rose a little higher every time I found a parallel, to the point that they were lost somewhere in my hair I no longer had eyebrows And I tell you, trust me, this is just like the original tale, The Ballad of Hua Mulan, but with a few clever twists I have evidence Here the parts not in italic are the original, the parts in italic the retelling view spoiler While Mulan Maia sits worriedly at her loom, one male master from each tailor family chosen by the emperor is called to serve in the army to defend China from Rouran invaders compete in the contest for being the court tailor that would please the empress to be, Lady Sarnai, daughter of the enemy, the traitor shansen, to stop the Five Winters War.Her father is old and weak, and her younger brother is just a child who can t weild a blade maimed after the war and can t wield a needle, so she decides to take his place and bids farewell to her parents, who support s her She is already skilled in fighting sewing, having been taught since she was a child.After 12 years of fighting competing against 12 tailors, the army returns the competition ends and the warriors are rewarded the winner is rewarded the title, but also given a new task, which she completes Mulan Maia turns down does not turn down the official post and, by the order of the emperor, dons her old clothes the dress she made and meets her comrades the court members, who are shocked that they did not realize she was a woman Then, Mulan Maia asks only for a camel is given a carpet to carry her home and is greeted with joy by her family She rides the carpet back to the castle to take up her role as the first female master tailor hide spoiler Anddddddwe re done here P I gotta say, I specially love that last part where Maia did the opposite of Mulan, though in her heart she wished to follow suit Storytelling Good Creative Writing Mastery of Low NotesElizabeth Lim s writing is simple and easy to read, and works best in the slower parts of the story meaning not action scenes Her mastery over weaving a tale exquisitely and slowly really makes Spin the Dawn special with its precious moments of unpretentious beauty example We melted into each other until the dawn slid into dusk, and the sun paled into the moon, and the stars, once lost, became found again and slightly pretentious beauty that is still sweet and fits the YA mood example I knew then that we were like two pieces of cloth, sewn together for life Our stitches couldn t be undone I wouldn t let them..But what I loved was how uniquely the tailoring was not only written in itself, making me want Maia to sew a dress for me as well, but was also deeply ingrained in the writing style, constantly used as a simile Seams and knitting and sewing and spinning all over Maia s thoughts, and I found that a perfect choice with how she lives and breathes them It served to fully wrap me in the soft silk of the taleClimbing isn t so different from sewing, I said to myself Pretend you re a needle stitching up the mountain, trying to find the way to make a perfect seam One wrong stitch, and the fabric of the mountain will be torn.Bad A Singer Who Can t Pull Off High NotesThe biggest failing of Lim s writing in this book was two of its most important chapters where the threat of death hung like an executioner s sword above your neck but it tuned out the sword was dull like a bull, not whetted with skill, and the executioner a clumsy one who doesn t know how to hold a sword, let alone chops off heads with it Chapters 30 31 were two of the worst written chapters I have read in my entire life.The threats The fights The ghosts The demons It was all so ridiculously managed that I can t even put words to it It was like a 10 year old had tried to write a dramatic scene with the stupidest villains and dialogues, senseless and laughable action all crammed up It was a mess I could not believe the same author who had written all those steady slow burning but mystifying chapters had also written these two She owned the low slow notes most writers can t pull off, but she could not, for the life of her, write a fast paced part without it seeming like a vehicle that had lost control, reeling off the road, a crash quite imminent sighs Bad The Things That Did Not Make SenseI cannot deny that there were parts which were highly unrealistic I have no complaints about Maia passing as a boy, because she was noted to not have a very girlish voice, and since no one really expected a girl, their prejudices running so deep that they didn t even believe a woman is capable of sewing well, they only saw a girlish boy And I should add that young boys can sound like girls, as we see it s women who voice young boys in animations Thus her voice could easily be excused as not having matured which is plausible because she is small and has no facial hair.BUT Yes, but There are implausible parts as well such as how Maia, a girl with zero combat skills, so swiftly escapes the hold of a soldier while, simultaneously, a jabbing her elbow into his side, b grabbing the hilt of his dagger, and c kneeing him in the groin I m sorry, have you ever been in a fight If you have, you ll understand If not, allow me to elaborate it doesn t work like that.To achieve that level of skill and the ability to not fumble around in a fight and so smoothly and quickly coordinate all the muscles of your body to overpower, spin, jab, grab, and kick all at the same timewell, you need to sweat through training sessions forthan 5 years straight If we re being generous and say it was in quick succession, that would be minus 3 years How you doing Wanna fight and test it out My biggest problem the scissors view spoiler How do you sew with scissors And how, exactly, are you supposed to paint with scissors Look, guys, I get it they re magical So yes they re doing something impossible but that s magic and it s okay I m okay Honestly, I loved the idea it put me in mind of Rapunzel s paintbrush, which I love but how What does it look like I am supposed to imagine this in my head but all I got was an statement of what was happening the scissors dancing with her hands and sewing and painting but not what it looked like This caused me to just zone out at those parts to me, one moment there was an unfinished work, the next, it was finished hide spoiler So, while it was a great abstract idea, Elizabeth Lim made no effort to visualise it Which, next to how she s never been in a fight only explanation for the way the fights were written, and how the writing lagged and stumbled and fumbled in fast paced parts the high notes , made me not be able to give this 4.5 and round it up to 5 stars as I d initially thought I would Characterisation You re used to being underestimated, so you want to prove yourself Don t let that be your crutch Accept help when you need it Maia MCa girl who lives to sew but cannot sew because she is a girl I like Maia, she does not give up and is bold and willing to fight for herselfuntil fighting for herself would hurt someone else Then, she fights for them But she is always fighting, and that s something I appreciate To the West, I am known as His Most Illustrious to the East, I am His Most Illuminating and in every other corner of the world, I am His Most Formidable EdanI wanted to punch him I really, really wanted to punch him I love him though A mix of the Darkling Shadow and Bone NOT the personality,role and Rhysand ACOTAR very much like this one , he was hilarious and so precious my only complaint was how he acted like a teenage boy even with 500 years of experience under his belt same age as both of the aforementioned War comes at a great cost, Lady Sarnai said, and from that sacrifice comes peace Sometimes we must let go of what we value for the future of our country Be it a beautiful fan, or our honor, or our lives In the end, we all belong to the gods anywayLady Sarnaiis a really interesting character I d like to knowabout Yes, I know, she spares our MC no pain, but I m also entranced by how she views magic, how she grew up, and how she sees her father and the state of the empire Mostly, I just love her, so hush Aside from her, Keton and Longhai were the other sweethearts Relationships Don t work so hard you Become the kite that never flies, I finished for him I know The family dynamics and brother sister bonds, even though short and only at the beginning, were wonderful As I have two older brothers myself, I found I loved seeing that bond on the page It is an illusion to assume we choose whom we love I cannot change how I feel about you I would move the sun and the moon if it meant being with you The romance is another tale for 60% of the book, the two kept on with their hilarious banter and I shipped them deeply, I even posted an status update shouting at them to kiss Then they didand I wanted them to stop They were cute together, yes, but now they were only kissing The whole book took a back seat to them making out, constantly, without stop And a journey that could ve been wayfun was just slammed together Worldbuilding The world of Spin the Dawn is probably the best and most fascinating part of it rich with traditions like women preparing their gifts for the dead, offering someone flowers being the sign of courtship, and only courting someone with serious intentions brimming with long titles of the likes of Khagan of Kings, Son of Heaven, Favored of Amana, Glorious Sovereign of A landi keep going overflowing with myths of gods like the Sun with his domain in the desert, burning away everything you have, from your hope to your dignity, to your very life, and the god of thieves who once stole the stars and must now pay by holding up a bridge on his shoulders.My favourite part about the magic was, most definitely, how there was a price I love that idea I love how view spoiler they have to surrender their freedom in exchange for the power to do impossible things hide spoiler The sense of balance this created was absolutely satisfying One thing I d like to note is the three trials of body, mind, and soul, which are the popular way of viewing human nature these days the idea is vaguely alike to both the Tripartite theology in Christianity, and the body and dual soul of Chinese I would have likeChinese inspired content, but I was happy all the sameThat is just the way of men For what is a promise if it s made to a womanThe world of Spin the Dawn is also a sexist one where girls can t be masters or the likes, and to me their expectations of a girl and a boy was mostly the way someone trapped inside and told to be obedient would act, against someone allowed outside and told they re the masters, would Which is infuriating but still quite honest in displaying the truth of it that the difference in their behaviour isby nurture than nature My Struggle Rating Oh was it a struggle I shifted from 4.5 to 3.5 on a loop until I started to feel dizzy And then I realised that, even though some parts disappointed me and others annoyed me, in the end the enchanting, unique feel of it made it a fun read all the same But my emotions shifted only between awe and awwwwwwwwww and haha and nothingunlike the range of emotionsThe Storm Crowmade me feel and the second part could ve been so much better, so I will give it just a little lower a rating than TSC, as they each had their own magic CompanionsBooks in seriesUnravel the Dusk The Blood of Stars, 2Book playlistSpotify URL