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Spindle (A Thousand Nights #2)

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The world is made safe by a woman...but it is a very big world.

It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen drove the demon out of her husband and saved her country from fire and blood. Her family has prospered beyond the borders of their village, and two new kingdoms have sprouted on either side of the mountains where the demons are kept prisoner by bright iron, an
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
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E.K. Johnston I think you'll be okay. :)

(SPINDLE takes place about 1500 years after NIGHTS, and deals with some of the descendants, but in two new countries. So…more
I think you'll be okay. :)

(SPINDLE takes place about 1500 years after NIGHTS, and deals with some of the descendants, but in two new countries. So they refer to the events in NIGHTS, but not the details. You'll find out what happens at the end of NIGHTS, but NIGHTS is really more about the how, not the what, and SPINDLE is definitely about the OMG THINGS ARE CHASING US.)(less)

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Lola  Reviewer
I liked this even more than I did ‘‘A Thousand Nights.’’

But you do not obligatorily have to read that one to be able to comprehend what is happening in this book. In fact, the author summarizes the first novel in the beginning.

Though I’m going to admit that there are many references to the first book.

That aside, God, E.K. Johnston really knows how to write a novel. It’s not that her world-buildings are incredibly-crafted or storylines so beautifully-weaved.

That’s not quite it. She just writes
There are corners in the world that are too dark to see, and there are edges that are sharper than they appear, ready to snag the unwary. There are those who do not fear the things they should, and there are those who would bargain with the devil herself for the sake of their greed.The world is made safe by a woman, yes, but it is a very big world.

First of all, one and the main reason everyone should try E.K. Johnston's books - the writing. It is so very beautiful, so fairy-tale like; every
Mar 07, 2016 Gabrielle marked it as to-read

Sep 23, 2016 Madison rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I don't think I have the words to convey how wonderful this book is. It simply deserves to be read and enjoyed.

Yashaa's life changed the night the curse was laid upon the Little Rose. It might have been the princess who was cursed but it was Yashaa, his mother and their community of spinners who left their home in the castle and were forced into exile. Now Yashaa is grown and his mother is dying. He has little choice when she requests him to take his friends and attempt to make a bett
May 10, 2016 Laura marked it as to-read
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult

The intrigue is real.
Mila BlackSheep BS

What is this? A companion novel?????

December 2016 WTF?!
Ashley Owens
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I guess I give this 2.5 stars? I just am feeling so mixed about this and can't quite land on a final rating, but I'll leave it at that for now.

This was everything “A Thousand Nights” wasn’t… in both a good way and a bad way (mostly bad though). I didn't have a lot of deep thoughts about this book, because I didn't care about it very much. But here's what I did think:

-We know everyone’s names in this story: on the one
Tami ReadingTeabag
Sep 04, 2016 Tami ReadingTeabag marked it as to-read
Chandra Rooney
Sep 30, 2016 Chandra Rooney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
This is a book full of kind, brave people who are so good to each other. It's a balm for the soul. What a wonderful companion to A Thousand Nights!
Mar 15, 2016 Thannya marked it as to-read
Dec 20, 2016 Justine rated it really liked it
Johnston has such a clear and lovely storyteller's voice, which she uses to great effect in this book. On the surface the tale is simple, but it has a depth that makes it very satisfying to read. I didn't love it quite as much as A Thousand Nights, but it was still quite a lovely book and very much worth spending time with.

E.K. Johnston remains a must-read author for me.
*Source* Publisher via NetGalley
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Spindle, by author E.K. Johnston, is the second installment, or companion novel to A Thousand Nights. This is a story that takes place 1500 years after A Thousand Nights. The heroine from Nights, now called The Storyteller Queen, made her kingdom safe by banishing the demon holding her husband hostage. In doing so, The Storyteller Queen also created magical creatures to protect the land from further demon intrus
Candace (Literary Dust)
DNF 40% So I received an ARC of this at TLA and could not force myself to finish. I didn't read A Thousand Nights, so I am not sure if the writing is similar which I am assuming it is. I didn't feel like much was happening. Also why was "Sleeping Beauty" called The Little Rose as her name instead of have an actual name???
Tuba Sayed
Jun 26, 2016 Tuba Sayed marked it as to-read
Omg yes please. Loved A thousand nights.
Danielle Chedid
Sooo it took me about 4 weeks to read this thing, when usually I read a book in a few days. Unfortunately, Kingdom of Sleep lacks everything that made A Thousand Nights so original, and magical, and wonderful.

I think E K Johnston just tried too hard to live up to the first book in the series, which just made it fall flat. I think it would have worked far, far better if she had written this in a different world entirely, or a different dimension or something. The characters suuuuucked. They were
Jenni Frencham
Aug 29, 2016 Jenni Frencham rated it it was amazing
If you haven't read A Thousand Nights yet, go read that one first. It's not necessary in order to understand Spindle, but it's just as excellently written and is well worth it. Read that, then get on the wait list for Spindle. You'll thank me later.
Aug 01, 2016 Nata marked it as to-read
A o tom to sa prečo len teraz dozvedám? :O Aj keď nie som mega fanúšik dajte mi to a hneď!!! Znie to dobre a navyše tá obálka...Nech už je decembeeer!!!
Dec 29, 2016 Alanna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Disclaimer: I did not realize until I was well into Spindle (Kingdom of Sleep) by E.K. Johnston that A Thousand Nights (also by E.K. Johnston) was a companion novel which takes place prior to this one. That being said, I do not think that having not read A Thousand Nights detracted from how much I enjoyed Spindle. Spindle is perhaps the most enjoyable retelling I have read from the genre in a long time.

Spindle is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a grand adventure, a curse, and even a touch
Nov 26, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Is it fair that so many suffer for the sake of one girl, princess or not?

E. K. Johnston follows up A Thousand Nights, with a beautifully woven tale inspired by "Sleeping Beauty" which left me completely spellbound. The kingdom of Kharuf has become trapped under the evil curse of a demon queen. Their princess, Little Rose, sits locked in a tower, awaiting her 18th birthday, pledged to marry a foreign prince. But it is not Little Rose's story that is the primary beginning of where Johnston begi
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Check out this review on Such a Novel Idea.

If you’d like to see what I thought about this book’s predecessor, A Thousand Nights, go here!

This is my THIRD E.K. Johnston book and she has easily her way into my top authors list and has joined the coveted (mostly by me, because I love not having to think about whether to get a book or not) auto-bu
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars.

It is physically painful for me to rate an E.K. Johnston book at less than five stars. So far, I have adored everything that I have read by her. Her characters are wonderful and her writing is exquisite. A Thousand Nights was a subtle, gorgeous book that I still remember vividly despite reading it a year ago, so I was ecstatic when I was able to finally read the sequel (It's really more of a companion than a sequel, happe
Oct 13, 2016 Angie rated it really liked it
Once upon a time a young princess is born to a loving king and queen. Their kingdom of Kharuf is a bit poorer than their neighbor, but they have a wonderful spinning tradition and create the finest cloth. When the young princess is five they have a great party to celebrate her birthday. They invite all the magical creatures of the mountains even though they do not expect them to come. The creatures do come and they bestow wonderful gifts on the young princess. A demon queen also comes to the par ...more
Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
In case you were not already aware, Spindle is the second book in a series. The first book is entitled A Thousand Nights.

Spindle is meant to be a retelling of the ever popular Sleeping Beauty tale. There is a girl, there is a curse, and there is a demon. If she spins bad things are supposed to happen. Etc.

And for the most part I would say that Spindle follows this idea fairly well. However, unlike most books it is not told from the point of view of the cursed princess. Instead it is told from th
Anastasia Nichole
See this review and more bookish things on my blog!

After being impressed by E.K. Johnston's rich world-building and prose in A Thousand Nights, I was looking forward to seeing her spin on Sleeping Beauty. A Thousand Nights was clever, if a bit unbalanced, and I was excited to see where Johnston would take us next.

Unfortunately, I find myself disappointed. Because this book was not as clever as I'd hoped it be.

Four words perfectly described my experience with this book, and they are these: too
Jan 15, 2017 Mars rated it it was ok
This book was a major disappointment from the first one; it just fell flat for me.I think the the problem was that the author was trying too hard to live up to her first magnificent novel, and this one didn’t live up with the characters, plot, or writing. Regarding the writing style, it was not poetic, instead being dialogue-heavy and simply predictable.

Set thousands of years later, although the setting is still the “Kingdom of Sleep”, this companion novel follows a group of two teenagers who a
Becky Bentliff
I don't think I quite enjoyed this book as much as A Thousand Nights, but it was still a great story!

Kingdom of Sleep, or Spindle, depending where you live, follows Yashaa, Arwa, Tariq and Saoud, on a quest to return to their crumbling home of Karuf and save the Princess, Zahrah. At her fifth birthday party, she was cursed by a demon who intended to possess her once she had learned everything she needed to be a ruler, forcing her kingdom into ruin and resulting in the banning of spindles (this i
Spindle is an enchanting follow on from E.K Jonston's last book...set generations after the nameless heroine in A Thousand Nights. The demons still lurk within their metal prison guarded by the Storyteller Queen's creatures. However within the prison, a particular demon has found a hidden hole that allows it to slowly bid its time for escape and destruction....a terrible curse is laid upon the little princess, thus leaving one kingdom to thrive while the other one to slowly die. In a re-imaginin ...more
Eyal Suseela
I had never considered the economic ramifications of Sleeping Beauty’s curse until this book. Set in a country whose primary export is cloth, the casting of the famous curse not only devastates the royal family, it forces all the spinners and weavers into exile. Twelve years later, a small group of exiled teens sneak back into the country to figure out a way to break the curse, only to find themselves on the run with the princess instead.

This is a loose companion to Johnston's A Thousand Nights,
Nov 28, 2016 Kellie rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fiction
Having read A Thousand Nights, I was looking forward to read this next book by E.K. Johnston. Spindle didn't disappoint. The setting comes to life in this story loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. I loved reading about this world and the spinners, and enjoyed Yashaa's journey with his companions.

This story is not an exact retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It's not even a retelling from a different point of view. It's more as if the author took the kernel of that story and built a new w
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“There are corners in the world that are too dark to see, and there are edges that are sharper than they appear, ready to snag the unwary. There are those who do not fear the things they should, and there are those who would bargain with the devil herself for the sake of their greed.The world is made safe by a woman, yes, but it is a very big world.” 0 likes
“My kind do not spend their days at craft or art. Our deepest desire is not for the making of a thing, nor for the thing itself. Rather, we thrive on the skills of those who make. We steal that time and that power, and we turn it to our own souls, and that is how we grow.” 0 likes
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