Spindle Fire, a fairytale retelling focusing on Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), by Lexa Hillyer debuted yesterday. This is a book that popped up on my radar recently, so I took a look at EpicRead’s sneak peak at the first three chapters and the maps within the book. So here’s the breakdown on this new release:
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
Spindle Fire is the first book in a duology.
Based on summary alone, I’d say it’s safe to assume a split narrative with chapters following different sisters. As big a fan as I am about sister stories I am a bit cautious of the entry of a hunter character. However, Isabelle’s journey to save her sister could prove promising. Although I’m hoping for something along the lines of Maleficent, where true love ended up being a mother’s love. Maybe sister love will save the day!
The majority of book consumers LOVE maps, and I’m no exception. I love the way it puts a world into perspective, and it seems to have become a type of bragging tool among fandoms. EpicReads provided a fantastic digital of Spindle Fire‘s world map, outlining the kingdoms at play and the various other interesting fantasies.
It’s not in love with it, but I still enjoy the aesthetics. As much as I disliked the Shadow and Bone trilogy, their maps are still the best I’ve seen.
EpicReads also provided samples of the first three chapters of the book, allowing possible readers a look into what we could possibly be getting ourselves into. I have to say that initially I’m not too impressed. The writing seems to tell much more than it shows, and comes off simplistic. Aurora is mute and unable to physically feel things, while her half sister Isabelle is blind. The first three chapters don’t really explore Isabelle’s blindness, but Aurora’s inability to speak is already at play. It will be interesting to see how, if at all, theses physical hurdles come to play in the book.
Overall Excitement Meter:
2/5. There are a lot of interesting factors at play in this book, but I’m not sure if we will see them come to fruition. I’m also wary of the love angles already at play in the book, but that may just be me being over cautious. Anyways, this has a vague possibility of being an interesting, dynamic story. But it will probably be one I wait for more reviews to come out on before I take the dive. Even then I’ll most likely just check it out from the library.