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November 14, 2021
The Competition of a Lifetime
by Page Turner

Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1) by Elizabeth Lim

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim


Ever since she was young, Maia Tamarin dreamed of becoming the imperial tailor. When a royal messenger brings court summons to her sick father, Maia must go in his place and hide that she is a woman in order save her family’s reputation. But the final task is nothing like Maia could have imagined, and the mysterious enchanter who’s been watching her since the beginning will make it even more complicated.


From the beginning, I was hooked by a world where tailoring seems to be one of the most important professions. Rather than taking up a weapon for her family’s sake, Maia picks up a needle and scissors. I absolutely loved how the world was created and introduced through the lens of tailoring. It’s always intriguing when authors use the main character’s profession to introduce regional differences, conflicts, and the like. I do wish the world was more developed, but perhaps it will be in later books. Despite the beautiful and thorough descriptions of parts of this world, I still felt that there were things I was missing.

I was also a bit frustrated with the pacing. To me, it seems that this book could have been two rather than one. The first third focuses on the competition and the rest concerns Maia’s journey and her developing relationship with Edan, the court enchanter. The sudden switch to a more romantic focus threw me off. I loved seeing their relationship grow and the trust that they gained in one another, but I think I would have preferred if the transition of focus had been more gradual. Overall, Spin the Dawn was a fascinating read, and I look forward to reading more from this series in the future.

Yours in love and literature,


Content warning(s): unsafe binding, violence, implied sexual content, attempted sexual assault, physical suffering

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