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392 pages, Hardcover
First published July 9, 2019
“I wanted to reach unto my trunk and rip Lady Sarnai’s dresses to shreds. They were the cause of everything- if I hadn’t gone on this journey to make them, none of this would have happened.”
“Lady Sarnai’s damned dresses. They were the reasons everything had gone wrong”
“War comes at a great cost,” Lady Sarnai said, “and from that sacrifice comes peace. Sometimes we must let go of what we value for the future of our country. Be it a beautiful fan, or our honor, or our lives. In the end, we all belong to the gods anyway.”
“People will see what they want to see.”
“You are meant for more, Maia.”
I turned away. “How can I be? I’m not a man.”
“Some journeys have ends, but not this one. This one will change you. Irrevocably.”
[Climbing] isn’t so different from sewing, I said to myself. Pretend you’re a needle stitching up the mountain, trying to find the way to make a perfect seam. One wrong stitch, and the fabric of the mountain will be torn.
“To the West, I am known as His Most Illustrious; to the East, I am His Most Illuminating; and in every other corner of the world, I am His Most Formidable.”
“It is an illusion to assume we choose whom we love. I cannot change how I feel about you. I would move the sun and the moon if it meant being with you.”
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I knew then we were like two pieces of cloth, sewn together for life. Our stitches couldn’t be undone. I wouldn’t let them.
He broke his promise to me. At first I thought it was because the war and magic had blackened his heart, but that is just the way of men. For what is a promise if it’s made to a women?
Thank you to Knopf and the author for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a spot on this blog tour! This did not affect my opinions in any way. All quotes are from an advance copy and may differ in final publication.
The humming in my head was louder now. I looked down, feeling a strange trembling at my side. At first I thought it came from my scissors, but that was impossible, so I ignored it.
Then they started glowing.
I grasped them to snip a loose thread and found that I was unable to put them down. Suddenly, in my mind's eye I could see the shawl, completed - just as I had sketched it. But there was no way I could accomplish it in the hours remaining.
But you can, a voice assured me. My voice, but more confident somehow.
[. . .]
Impossible as it appeared, the scissors not only cut but embroidered. The thin silver blades split and gathered my threads and flosses to dance through the silk, embroidering intiricate flowers and birds, trees, and mountains with precision and elegance.
“I want you to know that some journeys have ends, but not this one. This one will change you. Irrevocably."
"Don't all journeys change you?"
"It isn't the same." He leaned forward. "I, too, once journeyed beyond the stars."
"What did you find?"
His voice turned lethally soft. "That it's just the beginning.”
I want you to know that some journeys have ends, but not this one. This one will change you. Irrevocably. 💫
i'm absolutely heartbroken to say that while i liked this story, it just didn't really click with me. i didn't feel the stakes, wasn't hooked on the plot—and maybe that's because it read more like a children's/middle-grade fantasy.
“I love you, too… And I’ll have you. The sun and moon only see each other one day out of the entire year. Even if it’s an hour or a day—I’d rather be with you for that time than not at all.”
Are you effing telling me that Maia went through *waves around* all that bullshit tailoring trial in addition to months on an expedition just so she could fall on a sword for a boy?
Are you fucking kidding me?!