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The world is made safe by a woman...but it is a very big world.

It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen drove the demon out of her husband and saved her country from fire and blood. Her family has prospered beyond the borders of their village, and two new kingdoms have sprouted on either side of the mountains where the demons are kept prisoner by bright iron, and by the creatures the Storyteller Queen made to keep them contained.

But the prison is crumbling. Through years of careful manipulation, a demon has regained her power. She has made one kingdom strong and brought the other to its knees, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with the final blow: a curse that will cost the princess her very soul, or force her to destroy her own people to save her life.

The threads of magic are tightly spun, binding princess and exiled spinners into a desperate plot to break the curse before the demon can become a queen of men. But the web of power is dangerously tangled--and they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:355 pages

    Spindle Reviews

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Jul 21, 2016

    I liked this even more 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 summarize...

  • Nastassja
    Dec 23, 2016

    There are corners in the world that are too dark to see, and there are edges that are sharper than they appear, ready to snag the unwary. There are those who do not fear the things they should, and ...

  • Natalie Monroe
    Jan 28, 2017

    "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 las...

  • Madison
    Sep 23, 2016

    Honestly, I don't think I have the words to convey how wonderful this book is. It simply deserves to be read and enjoyed. Yashaa's life changed the night the curse was laid upon the Little Rose. It mi...

  • Lata
    Feb 14, 2017

    Beautifully written. A continuation of "A Thousand Nights", though this story takes place many years later among the descendants of the Storyteller Queen's sister. This is the first retelling of the S...

  • Alissa
    Dec 25, 2016

    4.5 stars.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 th...

  • Gabrielle
    Mar 07, 2016


  • Justine
    Dec 20, 2016

    Johnston has such a clear and lovely storyteller's voice, which she uses to great effect in this book. On the surface the tale is simple, but it has a depth that makes it very satisfying to read. I di...

  • Ashley Owens
    Nov 29, 2016

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I guess I give this 2.5 stars? I just am feeling so mixed about this and can't quite land on a final rating, but I'll lea...

  • Laura
    Jan 31, 2016

    EXCERPT IS HERE: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/05/10/...The intrigue is real....