Review for „Spin the Dawn“ by Elizabeth Lim

Anmerkung: Diese Rezension ist auf Englisch, da ich das Buch von einem englischen Verlag bereitgestellt bekommen habe.

First of all, I would like to say thank you for the review copy, which was provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley. This fact does not in any way affect my personal opinion on this book. This post contains advertising and the rights for the book belong to the publisher.

General information 

  • Titel: Spin the Dawn
  • Author: Elizabeth Lim
  • Series: The Blood of tStars (Book 1 of 2)
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Format: Ebook
  • Pages: 395
  • Releasedate: 04.03.2021 (new edition)
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Price: 6,99€ (Ebook) / 10,09€ (Softcover)


Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

On the fringes of the Great Spice Road, Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land – but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. Then a royal messenger summons her ailing father to court, and Maia seizes her chance. Disguised as a man, she travels to the Summer Palace in her father’s place to compete for the emperor’s favour, and the coveted position of imperial tailor.

If Maia’s ruse is discovered, her life will be forfeit. But if she wins, she will achieve her greatest dream.

Yet nothing could have prepared her for the challenge ahead: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor’s bride-to-be. One from the laughter of the sun, one from the tears of the moon, and one from the blood of stars.

Accompanied by the mysterious court enchanter, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise, Maia’s journey will take her to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

My opinion 

Of course, is this only my personal opinion on the book and just because I give this rating to the book doesn’t mean, that everyone will have that opinion.

„Project Runway meets Mulan“ was a very interesting teaser sentence in my opinion but I think it fits the book perfectly.
I enjoyed the writing style and the book had me hooked from the first sentence. I spend every free minute of the day reading it.
Personally, I like both covers because they fit the vibe of the story really good!
I liked the characters and cant wait to read more about Maia and her journey.
The plot was also really interesting and there wasn’t a minute of my reading time that felt boring.


If you are looking for a good YA Fantasy book with an interesting storyline, I think this book might be for you

I give 5 from 5 Stars 

See you later, 

Paula Josina

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