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Mr. Perfect eE said solemnly wherever yound up However despite these great ualities I found Kingdom of Sleep lacking a good plot The largest part of this book the four spinners and Zahrah spend running through the desert but apart from meeting a few spirits not much happens during those travels We get brief updates from the demon chasing them just like in the first book demons play a big role but that s the only thing that brings suspense The fairytale Secret Suffragette elements from the original Sleeping Beauty aren t presentither which is a shame because those could ve added 7 Secrets of the Goddess excitement to the story But there is no thorny forest no big fight to defeat thevil fairy and despite the title the nchanted sleep only takes place in the last few chapters Another thing this story misses is a hidden message In the first book the actions of the nameless heroine showed how it are the ordinary women that hold the real power not the high ranked men Such a message isn t present in this book although the pilogue makes up for this by giving us a beautiful bittersweet nding to the story of Sleeping Beauty You don t know how things will be between the Little Rose and her prince but you know that they will be okay So although I didn t njoy this book as much as the first one Johnston again succeeded in writing a magical fairytale with brave heroes that definitely will keep you spellbound What a wonderful bookRead here my review of the first book in A Thousand Nights duology 1 A Thousand Nights Magic is about balance than anything and always has been since the Storyteller ueen made it in the desert 35 stars rounded down because I can t help comparing this book to its predecessor 5 full stars for a story that took me by storm This is a lovely fairytale where weaving is the main theme and since I use Doglands enough sewing vocabulary in my reviews I can add that the author waves her subtly magical world with solid skillSeveral protagonists are spinners in a land plagued by a spinning curse which of course brings to mind Sleeping Beauty Fortunately there are similarities but it s not the same tale and I appreciated a lot that all sides of the argument have a voice and a viewpointThe storytelling is delightful and the revelations are doled out at the right pace so Injoyed the novel there was a lot to keep me turning the pages but I had a hard time getting invested in the characters and that s the opposite of my Riveted (Iron Seas, experience with A Thousand Nights little plot memorable protagonists a pity because the cast is varied and all I read about their anxiety their growingxasperation throughout the journey the subtle pull of the curse on spinners but I couldn t feel it I didn t connect with themThe tale is very linear yet compelling This book stands alone and it s not too spoilery about the first of the series but I would recommend the publishing order I appreciated that the author didn t spend too many pages on An Officer and a Spy events that belong to the original Sleeping Beauty tale and instead crafted something new out of a known themeThending came as I Fates (Fates, expected but with a nice twist that was both welcome and bittersweet My kind do not spend their days at craft or art Our deepest desire is not for the making of a thing nor for the thing itself Rather we thrive on the skills of those who make We steal that time and that power and we turn it to our own souls and that is how we grow Honestly I don t think I have the words to convey how wonderful this book is It simply deserves to be read andnjoyed Yashaa s life changed the night the curse was laid upon the Little Rose It might have been the princess who was cursed but it was Yashaa his mother and their community of spinners who left their home in the castle and were forced into Recipe for Temptation (Madewood Brothers, exile Now Yashaa is grown and his mother is dying He has little choice when she reuests him to take his friends and attempt to make a better life away from their camp She would neverxpect him to try and find the cursed princess and could never dream how Yashaa s life threads and those of his friends will become tangled with the princess sThis book is the second book in the A Thousand Nights series It is of a companion novel set many many years after the vents of A Thousand Nights It was lovely to from the distance of time see how Lo Melkhiin and the Storyteller ueen s tale continued and sparked the creation of a new story Spindle is part adventure uest part love story You can see the threads of the fairytale wrapped up and xpanded in the delicious details of this world and its vibrant characters If the characters in A Thousand Nights remained anonymous those in Spindle become as dear and familiar to you as old friendsI think I loved Spindle than A Thousand Nights Kind of unbelievable I know A Thousand Nights was an unknown a shocking beautiful surprise I started Spindle knowing what kind of story to xpect
and yet I was still blown away and delighted Something I love about EK Johnston s yet I was still blown away and delighted Something I love about EK Johnston s are her strong female characters And yes Spindle tells the story of a princess s strength and determination but it is also about the strength of family because it is only by protecting those you love that strength finds its purpose Spindle is narrated by Yashaa I loved seeing the story though his yes His love for his makeshift family his willingness to sacrifice himself to protect them his humility his ability to laugh at himself and his desire to dream them his humility his ability to laugh at himself and his desire to dream him a wonderful character The camaraderie of his little band is so delightful young but resilient Arwa dreamer Tari and reliable and protective Saoud It s actually uite lovely to disappear into such a well crafted fantasy again And there is no compare for EK Johnston s Nerds evocative writing and incredible story buildingThe love story was just asnjoyable as the adventure I was gleefully rubbing my hands together as I read Yashaa s initial distaste and condescension for the Little Rose Because this is a fairytale after all and I know how fairytales nd And yet I never could have guessed how this story would unfold I think this might be my favourite love story One where a lad rescues his princess and yet never dreams of considering himself worthy of loving her until she a lad rescues his princess and yet never dreams of considering himself worthy of loving her until she him howStrength love determination sacrifice If you love fairytales love stories fantasy books or just xcellently Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, executed novels then Spindle is so very worth reading The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book inxchange for an honest review Find reviews on my blog Madison s Library I m putting this aside for now Maybe I ll read the rest at a later date but I doubt it It just hasn t held my interest The spinners were cursed the land of Kharuf was cursed and Little Rose could break it in a heartbeat if only if only they would let her have a spindle I only gave out a handful of 5 stars last year and one of them went to this book s predecessor A Thousand Nights It was lush and creative and feminist and I loved ContamiNation everything about it Spindle is well meh The writing seems less somehow the characters not as interesting It s ironic when you remember th. N 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 lifeThe threads of magic are tightly spun binding princess andxiled spinners into a desperate uest to break the curse. INEEDTHIS Reviews and athttpsedwardsghostenginewordpressWhen I first finished this I didn t know uite what to think as I absolutely adored the first book in this world the author wrote A Thousand Nights and was really looking forward to seeing another story in this world This book is set a long time after the Taxi ins Glück events of A Thousand Nights with new characters and it is told in a way that is a little different from ATN as for starters nearlyvery present character is named whereas veryone who has read ATN knows that this was not the style in that book I will also say I found the writing style in the first book a lot immersive and beautiful than in this book which was still written in a lovely way but it was a little disappointment to me to see this difference as the first books was a new favourite particularly for its mysterious air to the story and the stunning writingI will try not to go on too much about ATN or compare them too much but sometimes that isn t possible and I can see many others on Goodreads did the same thing Let me start with the things I liked which were the new setting the interesting characters and how the plot was unpredictable for me The author did a really good job of developing the relationships with the characters as their adventure and stories unfolded and I really liked seeing the dynamics changing between the characters when they were faced with different situations This for me was one of the best things about this book where the characters despite being written in a different way to the first novel were asy to connect to Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas easy tonvision and had personalities and ualities that made them fun to read about I can t say I have a favourite character as I liked them all for different reasons but I know this author certainly has talent and can totally understand why other reviewers have been calling her the Storyteller ueen tooThe world building for this book was also The Magic Rolling Pin exuisite like in the first book and as much as I did likexploring the different settings here I must say I did miss the wonderfully described desert setting from ATN as I connected with that setting and thought it was really well brought to life but that s just my preference You don t have to read ATN to understand this book and Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, even though there are some spoilers for the first book these stories can or less be read as standalones So why did I rate ATN so highly and this has been deducted a star It s a number of things really one being thending which was intended to be magical and it was in a way but at the same time was uite unsatisfying for this style of writing and in comparison to the first book I won t give it away but I was disappointed the two main characters didn t get the outcome I thought they deserved and I was left wanting to know what would happen to the Little Rose years down the line It was obviously intended to be mysterious and touching but I found this a little on the frustrating sideAlso I will say that there wasn t the same magical uality to this story than there was to the first which completely blew me away to say the least Thinking about it the way this book was told and the outcome despite them both being by the same author and both being fairy tale retellings made this book really different from Not Without a Fight everything in ATN and that in this case didn t prove to be the best action in my opinion I can see I m not the only one who thought this and I can also see some people have said they cannot believe this is by the same author of ATN which so many people loved than this second instalment This wan t a bad book at all it had plenty of good likeable ualities but after the splendour of ATN I have to sadly admit this was mildly disappointing as I was hoping to find another favourite I really wish the author would write books of this type BUT to have books set in this world would be beyond amazing I won t get my hopes up I ll try not to Who I d recommend this forI would still like to recommend this toveryone who likes fantasy and if you liked the first book I still think you should read this despite the fact that these books are told in very different ways from one another This book has plenty of redeeming ualities that make for a fun uick read that can be Garden Bouquets and Beyond enjoyed in a different way to ATN My recommendation impossible as it may seem is to try not to compare the two books too much try to go into this book like a completely new story and anticipate uniueness from the former book as this is a companion notxactly a seuel to A Thousand Nights Beautifully written A continuation of A Thousand Nights though this story takes place many years later among the descendants of the Storyteller ueen s sister This is the first retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story that I njoyed probably because I actually liked the princess in this story ZahrahThough I Did Not Love This not love this as much as the first in this series I still njoyed it and the author s lovely characters The prose and the power of friendship is strong but sadly Kingdom of Sleep wasn t as good and The Management Bible enchanting as the first bookThis story is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a fewlements of Rapunzel thrown into the mix and takes place in a Middle Eastern setting The young princess Zahrah called the Little Rose gets cursed by a demon on her fifth birthday Whenever she spins or creates something a tapestry a meal or Zu schnell even a hair braid she will slowly open her mind to be possessed by the demon who will then use the princess to destroy her kingdom No matter the counterspell the princess will fall into a deep sleep to stall the demon s possession her parents lock Zahrah up in a tower to protect her There she remains until the day four young spinners break her out in the hope to break her curse This book is a companion novel to A Thousand Nights and one reason to read both of these books is because of the writing Johnston s prose isnchanting and vivid and so magical you really feel like you re reading an old fairytale Another uality that makes these Middle Eastern fairytales so wonderful to read is that the author is also an archaeologist who spend many summers doing research in the desert of Jordan and she has studied Arabic and biblical Hebrew This xperience and knowledge translates beautifully into the the desert of Jordan and she has studied Arabic and biblical Hebrew This xperience and knowledge translates beautifully into the world building of the desert kingdom and of the culture of the people living there Another great lement that Johnston s books share is showing us the power of friendship family and love In the first book the love between two sisters plays a major role and in this book it is the friendship between the four spinners that saves the major role and in this book it is the friendship between the four spinners that saves the Saoud Tari Arwa and Yashaa are all strong and brave in their own way and it s incredibly moving to see how their true friendship is able to battle deceit suffering and sacrifice Saoud are you coming with us for our sakes or because you want to see your father again Can t it be both Of course I told him Only we might miss him in the capital Or on the road Or maybe my mother lied and he has other business altogether Then I will go with you The world is made safe by a woman but it is a very big world It has been generations since the Storyteller ueen 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 demo. E protagonist in A Thousand Nights didn t ven have a name The seuel or spin off since it occurs hundreds of years after the vents of the previous book is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a few nods to Rapunzel If the Little Rose spins or otherwise makes things she ll open her mind to possession and the demon will use her to destroy her kingdom Piskeys created by the Storyteller ueen our A Thousand Nights heroine counteract it with the spell we all know a deep sleep to stall the demon Little Rose is then locked in a tower until our protagonist Yashaa the son of a spinner rescues herThe retelling aspect itself is creative Johnston is a terrific world builder and does a great job of liminating the original tale s sexism Little Rose loves her kingdom and her people and is willing to do anything to set it right In the stories the bold rescuer is always gallant she said He swoops in and sets it all to rightI am not your rescuer princess I said the word without meaning to but she didn t flare up at me again If anything you are going to rescue usI know that Yashaa she said It s only that for so long all I had were my dreams But it drags in places since most of the narrative takes place on the road I ve never been fond of travel storylines which I partially why I put down The Lord of the Rings five years ago and never picked it back up Some decisions the characters made felt abrupt like the author didn t uite know how to direct them towards a certain plot point They were supposed to journey to the Maker King s country and then suddenly decide to hunt down Little Rose to ask her about the curse After Little Rose joins them they decide to find the piskeys and ask them how to break the curse If it s that Invisible (The Curse of Avalon easy why has no one attempted it before Their mental map is all over the placeAnd the finger prick moment doesn t happen until the verynd It s a shame because the thorny forest Beauty s Yummy Supper enchanted sleep and the search for a cure are all important and familiarlements from the original fairy tale Instead they re summarized in one short chapter the last one in Rose s POV It s the nding that really makes up for verything It s beautiful and poignant and admittedly sudden but cleverly so There s no Deep Listening epilogue We re left to decide on our own what will become of Little Rose and Yashaa s relationship whether they ll stay together or become friends There is a certain value in uncertainty and Johnston weaves it like a master There are corners in the world that are too dark to see and there aredges that are sharper than they appear ready to snag the unwary There are those who do not fear the things they should and there are those who would bargain with the devil herself for the sake of their greedThe world is made safe by a woman yes but it is a very big world First of all one and the main reason veryone should try EK Johnston s books the writing It is so very beautiful so fairy tale like very word is filled with magic The richness of it creates unforgettable images in readers head the feeling of the world inside the book so vivid so beautiful Spindle is a companion novel to A Thousand Nights The story takes place in the same world in the future with different set of characters but it is important to read A Thousand Nights first because Spindle is a continuation of book s one story and the characters from the previous part are mentioned here In addition I would highly recommend to read a short story The Garden of Three Hundred Flowers it tells a story about the MCs from book one and their lives years after the vents of A Thousand Nights EK Jonhston is she s very good at showing love friendship family and all other Bunnys Book Club Goes to School ever had On their way they will be tried they will lost and they will find and most importantly their friendship will strengthen like never before It is not a story of a single hero savingveryone It is a story of four young people who aren t heroes at all Saoud who wanted to belong Arwa who wanted her mother Tari who wanted to do his work And mewho wanted than I could name Don t The Peculiar Pig expectpic battles Don t Cherry Ingram expect dashing heroes and bland villains Heroes are not what they seem in this story and villains are too cunning to beasily slayed Expect to be surprised And The Mermaids Shoes expect magic What is a fairy tale without magic right I liked thisven than I did A Thousand Nights But you do not obligatorily have to read that one to be able to comprehend what is happening in this book In fact the author summarizes the first novel in the beginning Though I m going to admit that there are many references to the first bookThat aside God EK Johnston really knows how to write a novel It s not that her world buildings are incredibly crafted or storylines so beautifully weaved That s not uite it She just writes so WELL Plus she rocks at dialogs Some authors just don t know how to make dialogs sound interesting and not monotonous but this author uses so much of the world she creates and the personalities of her characters in her dialogs that going from reading description to dialog is done so smoothly And also what I mean is that she knows her characters She knows their personalities what they would do and not do what they would think and not think what they would want and not want She respects this about them Never did I stop and think Wait a minute Why would they do THAT Ultimately it s truly Johnston s words that won me over The storyline is good the characters are great but the writing is MAGNIFICENT and I do not use this word uite often as I wish I would Like A Thousand Nights however it s slow paced and really does not progress very fast I wish this author would write a retelling of Beauty and the Beast or Rapunzel because those are my favouritesOh one last thing The Sleeping Beauty is my LEAST favourite fairytale so my giving this book four stars says a lot about EK Johnston s 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