A kingdom burns. A princess sleeps. This is no fairy tale.
It all started with the burning of the spindles.
It all started with a curse…
Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s 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 a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. The story is about Princess Aurora and her illegitimate sister, Isabelle. Isabelle had been sent to a convent after Aurora almost had an accident. But, Aurora followed her just to fall into a deep sleep after accidentally pricking herself from a spindle. Isabelle learned what happened to her sister, and she tried everything to wake her up and to reverse the spell.
I really like the plot, but the writing ruined it to me. I enjoyed the first few parts since it was all about the closeness of two really different sisters. The only problem I met was as I flip more pages, the scene that I imagine while reading it suddenly became blurred, and it took away my interest. It also took me longer to finish this book because it keeps on dragging me out of the story.
Second, the romance is uninteresting to me. It didn’t even make me love and ship the characters. I think the chemistry was just not good enough or maybe, the narration was not very convincing on my part.
Lastly, the world-building is a complex one. It is confusing to me. It is like someone putting all the ingredients in a pot without following the correct procedure, and in the result, it ends up having a bad taste.
Despite all that, the relationship between Aurora and Isabelle as a sister is what I love the most in this story. Even if Aurora cannot speak and has no sense of touch while Isabelle is blind, their bond is really something. Their inabilities never stop them from expressing themselves. I really learned a lot from them. If I try applying it in life, I can say they represent two people who understand one another despite being from a different country and cultures.
Overall, this is interesting enough to read, especially if you like a fairy tale retelling. If you want to discover a book that shows a sister relationship, then pick this up and give this a shot.
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Series: Spindle Fire, 01
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Lexa Hillyer is the co-founder of the literary incubator Paper Lantern Lit, a former YA editor, and the author of Proof of Forever. Lexa is also an award-winning poet: Her first collection, Acquainted with the Cold, won the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize as well as the Foreword IndieFab Book of the Year Award. Her poetry has been anthologized in Best New Poets 2012 and has appeared in several journals. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, their daughter, and a skinny orange tree.