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 lush fantasy duology set in the dwindling, deliciously corrupt world of the fae and featuring two truly unforgettable heroines.
Some people consider it a problem–or even a curse–to be forever trapped in darkness. But Isabelle no longer minds the dark.
Light too can be a curse.
It can illuminate things no one should ever have to witness.
The queen too stood. “We do not want your gift, Malfleur.”
For just a moment, Malfleur’s eyes snapped thin like a cat’s. “Well, that makes things easier. Gifts come at a cost, but curses come for free.”
This book took me quite a while to finish reading. I blame this on the horrible reading slump and overwhelming TBR pile I’ve had since I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from the author, but not on the book itself. Before I jump headlong into my review, I’ll give the only trigger/content warning I noticed the need for.
- slut shaming
The characters in this story were developed pretty well, though I’d like to see more from each of them in the forthcoming sequel. I really enjoyed the use of multiple POVs because it made it easier to get a feel for who each of the characters are. Aurora seems to have been forced all her life into the role of damsel in distress, though she’s only thus far suffered from the tithes her parents allowed fae to take from her as an infant. She still has lived the coddled life of a crowned princess and heir to the throne of her parents’ kingdom. I love watching her character progression throughout the book and see how far she comes from beginning to end.
Isbe is somewhat the opposite and I saw so much of myself in her personality. Isbe was a few years old when the king and queen allowed the fae to tithe her eyesight so that Aurora would be allowed to live so throughout the story she remains completely blind. She’s the bastard-born daughter of the king and because of that she is treated horribly by everyone except Aurora, who sees her as a full-blooded sister and confidant. Because of this, she’s emotionally armored herself and quite anxious when interacting with anyone who isn’t Aurora, which is what I relate to the most in her.
The worlds are so beautifully built! They’re probably my favourite part of the novel. I love the dreamy yet dangerous qualities of Sommeil and the very old world feel of the real world. It’s brought together magically in a way that allows it to be fairly immersive and realistic.
The story itself is very interesting, though occasionally the changing POVs and time periods make it a little hard to follow. However, I really enjoyed the storytelling style and the way it flowed. I loved the story’s progression and how it seemed to include more fairy stories than just Sleeping Beauty. Spindle Fire is a fairy stories combined with a unique magic Lexa Hillyer has created all her own. It ties together beautifully into a novel that is very enjoyable.
There is only one thing I can truly say I disliked about this novel and that is the extreme cliffhanger ending. So many loose strings that haven’t even begun to be woven back into the tapestry of this story are left hanging at the end of this novel. Thankfully, Lexa Hillyer has already announced the 2018 release of the next book in the series so we’ll only have to wait so long for that much desired closure.
Overall, I rate Spindle Fire 4 out of 5 bookworms.
Don’t just take my word for it. Order a copy of Spindle Fire and enjoy it for yourself! A few places you can go to get your hands on a copy are:
- Amazon US
- Amazon UK
- Books-A-Million (US)
- Barnes and Noble (US)
- Book Depository
- your local bookstore or local library
For more information about Lexa Hillyer and her work, visit her website.