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    Full of unique mythology, culture, and magic!

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Page Street Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review. All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. Content Warning: Death, Gore, Blood, Starvation, Torture, War "You don’t need a master, Enebish. Be your own hero. You can save yourself--and me--but only if you open your eyes." Enebish has known a life of duty and battle her entire life. Having been known as one of the best warriors in the Sky King’s army, she created her identity around that. Also being a Night Spinner--a special Kalima power that allows one to have the ability to bend night within her grasp--she was an indispensable asset. Until, one day, she lost control and slaughtered a merchant caravan. Forced to quell her storm, her dearest friend and surrogate sister Ghoa had to maime her in order to get her under control. "Followers of the New Order attain exaltation by reporting the mistakes of others. The more grievous the infraction, the closer they come to rapture. And I, the most notorious criminal in the empire, am imprisoned in the heart of their den." In the aftermath, Enebish becomes known as Enebish the Destroyer, and is branded a traitor to the kingdom. Ghoa, being the commander of the Sky King’s army, is able to secure her a spot hidden away in a monastery, where she will be looked after under strict supervision, instead of executed for her crime. A moonstone is placed into her chest in order to sever her connection with her magic, and secure the safety of others around her. "The sky doesn’t care that I am wicked and ugly. The clouds never rain down judgment for my crimes, and the moon shines without flinching on my injured limbs and scarred face. The majority of Ashkar may despise me, but the heavens will always embrace me in arms of frost and wrap me in a blanket of starlight. In the eyes of the Lady of the Sky and Father Guzan, I am accepted. Wanted." Enebish, scorned and fallen from her pedestal, severed from her magic, crippled, and left without much purpose, is forced to create a new life for herself. She finds purpose in training the king’s eagles, but still flirts with the night when it comes around each evening. In a land where the Lady of the Night and Father Guzan are no longer worshiped as the Sky King had denounced their existence, Enebish finds herself yet another outcast, as her relationship to the night leaves no question that they are alive and real. One day, Ghoa visits the monastery. It is the first time Enebish has seen her since her banishment. There to retrieve the king’s eagles, Ghoa gives Enebish leave along with Serik, a monk at the monastery, to see the eagles safely to the celebration. The excursion doesn’t go without a hitch, however, and Enebish finds herself at the center of ridicule. From out of nowhere, a group of rebels led by the notorious Temujin interfere and tell Enebish to seek them out. When Ghoa learns about her interaction with Temujin, she offers Enebish a reward if she can hunt the criminal down. She would be reinstated to the army if she could infiltrate enemy lines and capture Temujin. Wanting her old life back more than anything, Enebish agrees, but underestimates the difficulty involved. The truth behind the ongoing war is also underestimated, as the empire’s situation is much more dire than she ever realized. Between the Sky King’s empire and the rebel forces, citizens are desperately in need. Enebish stretches herself to appease Ghoa, but finds that what she thought was the right path may end up being the wrong one. Night Spinner’s main character Enebish certainly embodies many admirable traits. First, she’s a warrior, but this “past-life” is not a honed edge any longer, and allows fraying to occur at the sharpness in her character. She’s courageous, but also fearful due to being branded a traitor for a terrible crime. Humbleness mirrors pride knowing what her Kalima can do but now is unable to do anything with the night. It is in these attributes that The Hunchback of Notre Dame is visible. Other than this and her obvious disfigurement, I didn’t find much correlation between the two. To be honest, I haven’t read or watched The Hunchback of Notre Dame, so my memory may be jaded by time. Full of unique mythology, culture, and magic, Night Spinner offers a rich setting for a probing tale of politics and betrayal. The beginning of this story is especially contextual, and gives the reader a fine sense of the world in which it is set. Several plot twists also hide themselves within the plot, but some I had guessed before the truth had been revealed, which was a little disappointing. Despite this, Night Spinner offers a familiar, yet unique story about a character that faces an impossible situation, only to rise above to face head-on yet another. Vulgarity: Minimal. Sexual content: Minimal. Violence: Moderate, including grap
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    What really makes a monster ?

    So this is being marketed as a retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame because its heroine is damaged, scarred and considered a monster. Indeed she's frequently referred to as the Destroyer and as the story begins she's living (or should that be existing ? ) in the monastery that's she's been banished to by their King. Enebish doesn't really remember losing control of her formidable powers and wiping out innocents but she knows that she deserves her punishment. The only bright spark in her restricted world is Serik, her adopted brother and her sister who offers her a chance to redeem herself but what if the cost is too high ? This was an enthralling, magical read and I had so much empathy for Enebish as she's steadfast and really only trying to do the right thing. Enebish absolutely adores her adopted sister Ghoa and clearly would do anything for her. Serik is joyously irreverent and I loved that he always tried to protect her. I'm reluctant to give too much away as the twists when they come are both shocking and heartbreaking. Enebish and the journey she took from shy, self depreciating to full out strong, selfless heroine kept me glued to the page. I'm very excited to read more from this author and I'm left thinking what really makes a monster ? This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
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    loved this HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME retelling!

    LOOK!!! A girl’s gotta be honest, I love retellings and I almost enjoy the contemporary spin every author adds, but I loved this HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME retelling a little bit whole lotta more!! I plunged into the book with zero expectations, without reading the synopsis, nada and my oh my did it come at me with all them glorious feels! An amazing cast, a fierce resilient heroine who is every bit fierce, loyal and devoted to her people and so many shady side characters!! PLUS PLOT TWISTS, BETRAYALS that hit you in the face BAM! BAM! BAM! There’s only one word for that kind of devotion. One reason you’d sacrifice yourself for someone else. We have Enebish, who calls upon night and wears it as her second skin, a traitor accused of being a monster finds herself swaying between choice of her freedom and betraying the kingdom she once fought for. I KNOWWWW, right?? It’s so INTENSE! If you feel the need to pick up the book now, I probably should let you know that what follows is a series of big reveals that is gonna break your heart and an ending that I hope would atleast mend your broken heart! “So sleep for a moment. Dream with me, Enebish.” Thorley’s breathtaking storytelling, blended with elements of magic, traditions, myths, wars, a history of battles between age old rival kingdoms, made NIGHT SPINNER a memorable read for me! Sometimes, but mostly in fantasy it’s difficult to relate with characters on a personal level, but with Night Spinner , the whole myriad of characters had a purpose and that extra attention the author paid to each character made me empathise with each of them! Be it Ghoa’s passion to serve her country, Temujin’s thirst for revenge against the kingdom that betrayed him, Serik’s grudge against Ghoa and his consequent outbursts or the complex relationship dynamics between Ghoa and Enebish, each of them factored the story as a whole and as an outcome the ripple effect of the story was beyond brilliant!! This is what I dreamed of, all those days we spent lying under the larch trees,” he murmurs. “You and me, against the world.” The perfect pacing made me add another half stars to the book cause honestly I found it diificult to put the book down!! A shining 4.5 STARS to this amaze-ing book!!!!
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