Maia Tamarin proved her skill as a tailor when she wove the dresses of the sun, the moon, and the stars, but it will take more than a beautiful gown to hide the darkness rising up within her. . . . The stakes are higher than ever in this breathtaking sequel to Spin the Dawn, perfect for fans of Six of Crows.
Maia Tamarin's journey to sew the dresses of the sun, the moon, and the stars has taken a grievous toll. She returns to a kingdom on the brink of war. Edan, the boy she loves, is gone--perhaps forever--and no sooner does she set foot in the Autumn Palace than she is forced to don the dress of the sun and assume the place of the emperor's bride-to-be to keep the peace. When the emperor's rivals learn of her deception, there is hell to pay, but the war raging around Maia is nothing compared to the battle within. Ever since she was touched by the demon Bandur, she has been changing . . . glancing in the mirror to see her own eyes glowing red; losing control of her magic, her body, her mind. It's only a matter of time before Maia loses herself completely, and in the meantime she will stop at nothing to find Edan, protect her family, and bring lasting peace to her country.
Coming July 7, 2020 from Knopf Books for Young Readers
Praise for SPIN THE DAWN
"A fabulous fantasy...sure to delight even the most jaded of fantasy readers." ~NPR
"Your next big YA series...We've got our eye on this stylist blockbuster." ~Entertainment Weekly
"Elizabeth Lim's "Spin the Dawn" weaves a stunning tapestry of adventure." ~Washington Post
"How much like telling a tale is the making of an item of clothing. The tailor spins and weaves, stitches and folds, cuts and ornaments, and the result is pure magic. So too does the writer, and Elizabeth Lim’s inaugural and— I imagine— breakthrough novel, SPIN THE DAWN, is also magic. 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 NYTimes 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
"As stunning as a gown made from the blood of stars, this rich tapestry of a novel will leave you spellbound. The vivid prose and Maia’s fierce, passionate courage are sure to capture your heart."
~Joanna Ruth Meyer, author of Echo North
"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."
"An addictive magical adventure that's a strong purchase for library shelves."
~School Library Journal
"With strong storytelling and characterization and a pleasing romance, this will have broad appeal."