Spin the Dawn
by Elizabeth Lim
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.
A unique Young Adult fantasy set in Chinese mythology.
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