Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
Published by HarperCollins on April 11th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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.
And 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.
Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. 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.
** Received an ARC from HCC Frenzy for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **
Winter seemed to come early in 1313, the year Aurora was born.
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Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer is a uniquely told retelling of the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. I can honestly say I went in with low expectations and walked away with a great story that was both visually and mentally appealing to read.
I’ve read many fairy tale retellings in my time as an avid reader and it’s hard to be surprised because you tend to know what is going to happen. But Spindle Fire takes bits and pieces of Sleeping Beauty and turns it on it’s head for something that was completely unique and fun to read.
Hillyer manages to create two very different sisters; each with their own personalities and specialties. Aurora is mute and has no sense of touch while Isabelle is blind. These senses were taken from them at Aurora’s christening by greedy fairies in exchange for other princess like qualities.
Then you throw in a dream world, two very evil fairy queens out for revenge and you have Spindle Fire in a nutshell. I quite enjoyed these new twists to the classic tale!
Love the Characters
Aurora is sweet is and sheltered as the crown princess. She doesn’t let her shortcomings rule her world. She seeks justice and knowledge and loves spending all her free time with her sister. Isabelle is headstrong and brave. As the King’s illegitimate daughter she holds no standing in the royal family. But she doesn’t let that stop her from being with her sister. The two are inseparable.
I loved seeing the sister relationship take a major role in the story. Hillyer does a great job showing that a princess can save herself. She doesn’t always need a prince to come save the day!
Beautiful Writing / World Building
The world of Spindle Fire is beautifully depicted by Hillyer. All the descriptions are extraordinarily appealing to the imagination. She built a world that wasn’t too complicated, but still not a basic fantasy back drop.
Together, the writing and the world go hand in hand. It all comes across quite grand and exceeds expectations!
A Little Frustrated
A book is never with out a little frustrations. So it didn’t surprise me that there were some aspects of Spindle Fire that left me a little frustrated. Whether it was a certain characters actions or a specific direction the book took, there was definitely a couple things that erked me a bit. But sadly I have to leave it at that to avoid spoilers.
I highly recommend this one if you like sisterly love, cool dream worlds, and fairy take retellings. Let me know what you guys thought of Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
I’m the author of Spindle Fire (coming April 2017 from Harper!), Proof of Forever, and the poetry collection Acquainted with the Cold, which won the 2012 Foreword Book of the Year Award’s Gold Prize for Poetry. I’m also the co-founder of creative development company Paper Lantern Lit. My poetry was anthologized in Best New Poets 2012, and appears in several journals. I live in Carroll Gardens with my husband, daughter, and a very skinny orange tree.