Spin the Dawn
by Elizabeth Lim


Overview - "Looking for your next big YA fantasy series? We've got our eye on this stylist blockbuster." --Entertainment Weekly

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.

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. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.
Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia's task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.
And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor's reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.
Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Ren e Ahdieh.

"Spin the Dawn is proof that casting a wider net not only gives us a fresh story that feels unlike everything else on the shelves beside it but also allows for richer and more nuanced storytelling." --NPR

"All the cutthroat competition of a runway fashion reality show and the thrilling exploits of an epic quest... a stunning tapestry of adventure." --The Washington Post

"What an amazing creation Every time I thought I knew where it was going, I was wrong. This is a white-knuckle read." --Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Tempests and Slaughter

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Overview
"Looking for your next big YA fantasy series? We've got our eye on this stylist blockbuster." --Entertainment Weekly

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.

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. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.
Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill. Maia's task is further complicated when she draws the attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.
And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor's reluctant bride-to-be, from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.
Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Ren e Ahdieh.

"Spin the Dawn is proof that casting a wider net not only gives us a fresh story that feels unlike everything else on the shelves beside it but also allows for richer and more nuanced storytelling." --NPR

"All the cutthroat competition of a runway fashion reality show and the thrilling exploits of an epic quest... a stunning tapestry of adventure." --The Washington Post

"What an amazing creation Every time I thought I knew where it was going, I was wrong. This is a white-knuckle read." --Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Tempests and Slaughter

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780525646990
  • ISBN-10: 052564699X
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: July 2019
  • Page Count: 416
  • Reading Level: Ages 13-17
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Series: Blood of Stars #1

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Spin the Dawn

Maia knows she’s the best tailor in the empire. But with two brothers dead in the Emperor’s wars, her family’s once-renowned tailor shop is in financial ruin at the beginning of Spin the Dawn, Elizabeth Lim’s debut novel. One day a messenger brings news: The Emperor needs a new imperial tailor for his betrothed, Lady Sarnai, and is holding a sewing competition. Dressed as a boy and carrying her grandmother’s scissors, Maia travels to the palace.

While tailors puzzle over creating jackets out of paper and shoes out of glass, gossip and sabotage threaten to destroy contestants’ chances. And what is it about her grandmother’s scissors that captivates Maia? Could magic, long dismissed by Maia and her people, actually be real?

And if the contest weren’t already difficult enough, Lady Sarnai issues a final challenge— sew three legendary dresses ascribed to the goddess Amana. The first dress is to be made from sunlight so pure it can be spun, the second from moonlight so dense it can be woven and the third from the blood of stars. Accompanied by Edan, the court enchanter, Maia sets off to somehow acquire these celestial materials. But ghosts and demons haunt her path, as well as both friendly and unfriendly human travelers. On the journey, Maia will find adventure, self-discovery and maybe even love.

Reminiscent of the tales of Rumpelstiltskin and Cinderella, Spin the Dawn will leave readers eagerly awaiting next year’s sequel, Unravel the Dusk.

 
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