Night Spinner by Addie Thorley

Rating: 4/5

Be humble, for you are made of earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars.

Night Spinner tells the story of Enebish, a talented and fierce warrior considered to be one of the greatest in Sky King’s imperial army. She is one of the rarest night spinners, the ability to control threads of darkness. But, now she is known as Enebish the Destroyer for losing control of her power and destroying a nearby merchant caravan thus being banished to a monastery to live out the rest of her days. Stricken with guilt and shame, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary until Ghoa, a commander for the imperial army comes to offer a tantalizing offer that Enebish can’t refuse. But, the tides have changed and war is much different than Enebish remembers and she is now torn between duty and her conscience. No matter what or who she picks, there is an even greater enemy advancing with every step she takes.

This was a fun and interesting tale and most definitely inspired by The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Not only was it fun and enjoyable but the worldbuilding, characters, the plot, pacing all added to it to help reel me in. The complexities of the characters and in particular Enebish were done well as i felt like they were all complex and unique in their own ways. Her struggle between duty and her conscience was relatable with wanting to do what it right but struggling because of her own sense of duty and how important that was to her. The twists and turns were great and I didn’t expect a few of them so that’s when it’s done right. Overall, a very enjoyable, exciting, and adventurous story that will keep you entertained.

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