Author: E.K. Johnston
Date of Publication: December 6th, 2016
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.
I am going to be honest here I tried I mean I even tried several times to finish this book. I would pick it up and put it back down and then pick it up and put it back down… Repeat.
Now I did not read A Thousand and One Nights before this which had different characters than this one, so I am not sure how that one was, but in this book Sleeping Beauty’s name was “The Little Rose” which was really confusing. I didn’t understand why they would refer to her with that whole name instead of lets say just call her Rose???
The Little Rose has a spinning addiction which can lead her to the curse if she spins things, so her hair is even kept super short because apparently she will even try to spin her own hair. I didn’t hate any of the characters, but I didn’t love them either.
Now even with all the odd things about this book it could have still been awesome, but the story itself was just so boring to me. I mean the struggle was so fierce to finish this, but I know there are plenty of people out there that will love it. There is also no denying this author can definitely write and write incredibly beautifully, but it was just not for me.
Have you guys read the first book?