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(A Thousand Nights #2)

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  1,681 ratings  ·  355 reviews
"The world is made safe by a woman . . . but it is a very big world.

It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen saved her country from fire and blood - but now the kingdom of Kharuf is threatened by a demon gathering power. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with her final blow: a curse that will cost that princess her very soul, or force her to destr
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 the…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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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
Natalie Monroe
"The spinners were cursed, the land of Kharuf was cursed, and Little Rose could break it in a heartbeat—if only, if only they would let her have a spindle."

I only gave out a handful of 5-stars last year and one of them went to this book's predecessor A Thousand Nights. It was lush and creative and feminist, and I loved everything about it.

Spindle is, well, meh.

The writing seems less somehow, the characters not as interesting. It's ironic when you remember the protagonist in A Thousand Nigh
Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)
I'm putting this aside for now. Maybe I'll read the rest at a later date but I doubt it. It just hasn't held my interest. ...more
Sep 23, 2016 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
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“Magic is about balance more than anything, and always has been since the Storyteller Queen made it in the desert,”

3.5 stars rounded down because I can’t help comparing this book to its predecessor (5 full stars for a story that took me by storm). This is a lovely fairytale where weaving is the main theme – and since I use enough sewing vocabulary in my reviews, I can add that the author waves her subtly magical world with solid skill.

Several protagonists are spinners in a land plagued by a spin
The prose and the power of friendship is strong, but sadly Kingdom of Sleep wasn’t as good and enchanting as the first book.

This story is a retelling of “Sleeping Beauty” with a few elements of “Rapunzel” thrown into the mix, and takes place in a Middle Eastern setting. The young princess Zahrah, called the Little Rose, gets cursed by a demon on her fifth birthday. Whenever she spins or creates something – a tapestry, a meal, or even a hair braid – she will slowly open her mind to be possess
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Beautifully written. A continuation of "A Thousand Nights", though this story takes place many years later among the descendants of the Storyteller Queen's sister. This is the first retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story that I enjoyed, probably because I actually liked the princess in this story, Zahrah.
Though I did not love this story as much as the first in this series, I still enjoyed it, and the author's lovely characters.
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When I first finished this I didn’t know quite what to think as I absolutely adored the first book in this world the author wrote, A Thousand Nights and was really looking forward to seeing another story in this world. This book is set a long time after the events of A Thousand Nights with new characters and it is told in a way that is a little different from ATN as for starters nearly every present character is named whereas everyone wh
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, series
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
Dec 20, 2016 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.
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Elle (ellexamines)
3.5 stars. E.K. Johnston's pitch-perfect writing style is slightly muted by a meandering plot with no direction, but in general, the book still succeeds.

So, to start with the good: Johnston's prose is gorgeous, as always. She is really so talented and I'm willing to forgo pretty much any flaw because her writing clicks with me so much.

Zahrah's character is a strength of this novel. She is well-written and developed. I loved seeing a strong Sleeping Beauty with agency. Unfortunately, (view spoi
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Rounded up-really about 2.5 stars as the general idea of a quest and facing demons was fine. I just couldn't connect to the characters and felt the set up of the story, the curse and the friendships, was way too cursory. ...more
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
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was boring, it almost put me to sleep!
The first chapters were good, the 'One thousand and one nights' and 'Sleeping Beauty' mix promised so much, the first book in the series was amazing, so many positive reviews...what the hell went wrong?!
Very disappointed!!

Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first in this series. . Good sleeping beauty retelling.
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
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm settling on a 3.5 stars for this novel, simply because I have mixed feelings on it. I did wind up actually invested in the outcome of this story and interested in the characters, and I thought the nods to the Sleeping Beauty fairytale were lovely. However, I was thrown off a wee bit by the pacing and the way the plot unfolds. Still, worth a read if you're interested at all in the premise or if you enjoyed the previous novel in this companion novel series. ...more
Sep 04, 2016 marked it as to-read
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was ok

What it is to want that which you cannot have.

In the kingdom of Kharuf, there lived a princess who was cursed by a demon. The demon was kin to the demon that corrupted Lo-Melkhiin in book one: A Thousand Nights. The spinners in the land of Kharuf were sick because of the curse, and Yashaa and his gang were tasked to find a way to break the curse in order to save their land and avenge their families. Along the way, they "kidnapped" the princess, who willingly went with them just to escape f
Krista Claudine Baetiong
If this is the kind of YA books thrown at my feet from this day forward, then I’d truly be a very happy reader. I think I’ve read enough of modern teenage dramas and romantic hullabaloos in my lifetime, and so it’s nice to read something that doesn’t include teen angst or pining over. Or maybe I enjoy books like this more because I’m currently a little obsessed with retellings; also, it did help that the author is gifted with words, and is able to tell a story in a manner so engaging and heartfe ...more
It's really three and a half stars. I found the first half of the novel a bit slow. Yashaa's anger was a bit tedious. He seemed flat as a character. When he and his friends left the Crossroads and were travelling together I never felt as if I really got to know Yashaa, Saoud, Tariq, and Arwa any better. But then they kidnapped the Little Rose. And the story changed. It became something else, something bittersweet and lovely. The blossoming love story between Yashaa and Zahrah gave the story it's ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2017, fantasy
Honestly more like a 2.6.

So I loved the book up until the half way point, when it occurred to me that barely any character development had happened?? And these people barely had characters anyway??

A small list of dislikes:
- um the characters were very bland.
- The climax was a little bland too. (this might just be me not paying attention though!)
- I got rather bored at three quarters in, because nothing happened for agessss
- I was forever unsure of what the characters motivation in the first pl
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Quick & Dirty: Middle eastern take on Cinderella with a hint of Rapunzel, but ultimately the slow pacing kept me from enjoying this novel as much as the first, A Thousand Nights.

Opening Sentence: We know exactly how we came to these cold, hard mountains, and we remember everything that we have lost since we arrived here.

The Review:

Spindle by E.K. Johnston is a companion novel to A Thousand Nights and both novels are based off of famous stories, 1001 Nights and
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I want E. K. Johnston to keep writing in this universe forever. Rewrite every fairytale, please.

So, I definitely preferred A Thousand Nights to this one - that's just more focused on like, My Shit than this one is - but I still really, really enjoyed this. This was such an intricately and beautifully woven (get it?!) story, every word felt like it was in the right place and it was lovely. And if the whole characters who have no names thing bothered you in the first book, good news! In this one t
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved A Thousand Nights and I love the poetic prose in this. I just don't love the story.

I'm also bewildered by the title. Spindle makes sense; 90% of the story has references to spinning and a drop spindle is used for this. Sleeping covers 2% of that - huh?

It was an alright read but I didn't connect to it at all.

Hopefully, my friends won't kill me and I can read her next novel.
Chandra Rooney
Sep 30, 2016 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! ...more
When I bought this book I was really excited about it. I love sleeping beauty as a story, but there aren’t that many great retellings. Mostly because no one wants a main character who’s asleep for most of the story. The blurb also sounded very intriguing, so I really couldn’t wait to find out how this author had tackled the issue.

Now I’ve finished the book I feel quite unsatisfied though. And it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why this book didn’t work for me properly. I think the biggest issue is th
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

“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.”

In Spindle, it has been generations since the Storyteller Queen saved her country from fire and blood—but now the kingdom of Kharuf is th
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E.K. Johnston had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she’s learned anything, it’s that things turn out weird sometimes, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it’s about a pairing she likes.

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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.” 6 likes
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