*I received a free physical arc of this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. (Sorry it took so long!)
Series: (Two Monarchies Sequence #1)
Publication date: August 10th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy. Young Adult
Synopsis [from Goodreads]:
She’s not a princess . . . but then, he’s no prince.
Polyhymnia is deep in enchanted sleep. High in a tower, behind an impenetrable barrier of magical thorns, she sleeps, dreams, and falls ever deeper into her curse.
Woken by a kiss, Poly finds herself in an alien world where three hundred years have passed and everyone she has ever known is dead. Luck, the enchanter who woke her, seems to think she is the princess. Understandable, since he found her asleep on the princess’ bed, in the royal suite, and dressed in the princess’ clothes.
Who cursed Poly? Why is someone trying to kill her and Luck? Why can’t she stop falling asleep?
And why does her hair keep growing?
Sometimes breaking the curse is just the beginning of the journey.
This book is incredible, as is the author. It took me far too long to finally read Spindle as I got much busier than expected, but now I have read it and I can say it’s definitely worth a re-read. I rarely re-read books.
The characters in this novel are so lovely you can’t help but fall in love with them! They’re well crafted, seem fairly real, and there’s this way about them that you just can’t ignore, nor explain. For one, Luck is far more than he seems. He’s not so fond of people (as was shown when he forgot about/ignored helping the villagers with their magical problems continuously [he’s the village wizard, as they call him]), is often in his own world (while he and Poly were traveling to his home he often had distant eyes and tended to ignore her), and seems to rarely care about those around him. However, he is extremely smart and always has a plan (he tricked Poly’s curse to wake her, and then fully broke it a long while after, as he did not wake her with a lover’s kiss as was needed), and he actually cares very deeply about those he considers family or loves (he did everything in his power to break Poly’s curse, as well as made sure she was safe and protected). That’s just one example of a well crafted and lovely character W.R. Gingell has created. And there’s plenty others to come, I’m sure.
I adore the world, the descriptions/imagery, as well as the plot. I admit, the story started off a bit confusing as we were immediately thrown into Poly’s confusion and lack of memories as the action happened around her, but it cleared up and we were left with a fantastically written world (shifting villages, houses that grew from nature and continue to, the Frozen Battlefield, The Forest, and the counsels: Wizard counsel, Black velvet.) with great descriptions. I honestly had a hard time putting this book down, and devoured 95% of it the day I started reading it.
I also adore how the author writes her curses. They’re never easily solved, and while they aren’t simple, they aren’t too complex either. I love how the curse needed a true loves kiss to be broken, and Luck was able to trick it and still wake her with a kiss without loving her. I also like how she kept falling asleep, and how the author went about writing it. It flowed well and I enjoyed the little things as much as everything else. I also love how a character hid magic and was able to get it back by travelling through certain timelines.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Spindle and I definitely recommend it!