Night Spinner by Addie Thorley is a magical retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Now, for me an amazing retelling is a retelling that I can’t outwardly see as a direct retelling of the story. And Night Spinner definitely hit the mark for this!
So, this is a story about redemption and finding yourself along the way. It is about discovering who you are as well as those you thought you were close to. Night Spinner begins at an ending. Enebish has given up on everything but living out her days at a monastery after committing an atrocious crime: losing control of her night spinner power and taking out a merchant caravan. Broken and scarred she believe that this is all she deserves, but when faced with the opportunity to once again become the warrior she once was she cannot resist. Thus Enebish sets out on a journey to find Temujin, the notorious criminal stealing from the Imperial Army.
So, I have to warn you that this book started off a little rocky for me. There were a lot of descriptions and I kept finding myself confused. But around 50 pages in the story really started to pick up and I was hooked. This story started off with a bang and the momentum just kept building. Once I understood the story and magic system more I found myself deeply engrossed in this momentum. There are twists and turns all over the place and it is just a wild ride.
Also, these characters are the definition of morally gray. They’re all unique in their own way but they all have negative qualities. Its amazing. I love when characters are not flat and one dimensional!
But, overall, you really need to read this book! It’s seriously amazing and I NEED the next one immediately. Like, I want to continue on this adventure right now!
I received a copy of this arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review