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Night Spinner

(Night Spinner #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  42 reviews
A must-read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, transforming The Hunchback of Notre Dame into a powerful tundra-inspired epic.

Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky King’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer
Expected publication: February 11th 2020 by Page Street Kids
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let’s take another fantastic journey to France for a mind blowing, incredible retelling of one of my favorite classics “Hunchback of Notre Dame”!

But this time Quasimodo is a girl, an ex-Kalima Warrior and now a convicted traitor named Enebish but people call her “Enebish the Destroyer”, a mentally and physically disfigured character, sequestered away in monastery to serve for her war crime. She has night spinning magic but when she loses the control of her power, she destroys a whole caravan
A retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame set in the tundra...

I needed this book.

Thank you so much for the ARC, Page Street Publishing.
I appreciate it so much!

Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
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Joanna Bennett
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t even know why I’m crying but dang this book has me feeling so much!

Add it to your tbr now because those plot twists deserve a round of applause!

Full review to come closer to publication date.
Liv the Jellyfish Queen
I... honestly don't know how to rate this book...

See, this was barely a 2.5-star read up until about 80%.
It wasn't even a bad book, I just didn't care at all. I didn't connect to any characters and I did not really care for the whole worldbuilding. The idea was great; I liked the way the Kalima powers worked (and how they weren't endless, like magic in other books often is), I just did not care about the people.
Enebish is a cool main character, I guess. Once a powerful soldier, now called
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-fantasy
Night Spinner, a retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, is a unique take on a typical YA fantasy plot concept (I find that many retellings do this instead of following the typical plot tropes). There were, however, many inspirations taken from YA fantasy characters and the later plot tropes. Think: Grishaverse. Which isn't necessarily a problem, if you love the Grisha trilogy. I actually really loved this book because I found none of the characters to be completely trustworthy (including the ...more
Joanna Meyer
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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From the very first page, Enebish’s story grips tight and doesn’t let go. The stunning world, complex characterization, and heart-pounding plot will have you cheering, crying, and screaming with every revelation. Gorgeous, twisty, addicting.
Mara (marasfoldedpages)
Thank you so much to Manda Group and Page Street Publishing for this arc copy for honest review.

I am crying in despair as I write this review. How dare she end it there?! I NEED MORE! What happens next? How, what, why? ahhhh

END OF BOOK ONE? Are you trying to kill me? Also, why can’t they kiss already???

My feelings were definitely crushed multiple times by this novel. We follow Enebish, the once great warrior as she serves out her punishment for an uncontrolled outburst in her past. The once
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a rich book full of magic, a culture of gods and mythology. I was definitely interested from the beginning and only took two days to read this. I found it to be pretty well paced and was actually surprised in a couple parts. I totally called one of the plot twists from the beginning so when it happened I wasn't surprised. Only 20 or so pages later though I was completely blind sided by a big twist! I totally didn't see it coming and loved being surprised by what the author did.

Enebish is
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Night Spinner is a young adult fantasy, revolving around Enebish, a young warrior with the ability to control darkness. Enebish is banished to a far away monastery after one terrible night where she loses control and destroys an entire merchant caravan with her abilities. However, her sister, the Imperial Army commander, calls her out of insolation in order to help root out a rebellion that could topple the empire.

Night Spinner has a lot going on - and if I had to make one critique, I would say
Erin Cashman
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
NIGHT SPINNER is an epic fantasy not to be missed! Addie Thorley has created a vibrant and often harsh magical world of waring civilizations, ancient customs and religions, and a strong cast of characters, including a heroine you root for from the very first page - Enebish the Destroyer - smart, loyal, powerful, and conflicted, an irreverent and absolutely charming monk, Serik, and opposing leaders with shifting loyalties and dangerous secrets. En, who must capture the illusive leader of the ...more
Jenni Walsh
Dec 30, 2019 added it
Shelves: novel19s, 2019
An excellent fantasy to add to your shelves. Addie Thorley has developed captivating magic, vivid settings, a killer twist, and perfectly broken characters. I especially loved seeing Enebish evolve from a character who thought she was beyond redemption and happiness to a strong and determined warrior, who's about to go after everything she wants in book 2 (vague to avoid spoilers!)
Andria Sedig
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored this book. I normally don't love retellings but this story didn't feel like a cookie cutter retelling; instead, I was able to pick up on threads of the original story that were woven into the plot structure in interesting ways. I loved the magic system and world building within the story. I loved Enebish's story arc and growth towards self acceptance. I enjoyed the plot twists (some were predictable and some caught me by surprise). This was a thrilling read from start to ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other-reviews
NIGHT SPINNER is a slow-building YA fantasy. Enebish has a rare ability as a night spinner to control the dark and the stars, which had previously made her a valuable warrior in the Sky King's military. However, after an incident where the beast took over and she killed a caravan of merchants, she has been punished as a traitor, bearing horrible marks on her face and living at a monastery, where she is a prisoner, where her somewhat relative/BFF, Serik, is a terrible monk who defends her to ...more
Samantha Hastings
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels! I was sucked in immediately and then continually surprised until the epic conclusion (there will be a sequel).

What I loved :
1. Enebish was once a Kalima Warrior, now she has three scars down her face to mark her as a traitor. A night she can’t remember, her night spinning magic went out of control and killed an innocent caravan. She now is a prisoner at a monastery and known as Enebish the Destroyer.
2. Her adopted sister Goa, who she
Beth  Rose
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
So many twists and turns!! This was such an interesting read and not at all what I was expecting. I'll be doing a full write up at a later stage but this is definitely a series to watch!

Edit 12/11/19:

Read this review on my blog!

I know how it feels to lose everything. I know how it feels to be terrified and unsure. But I also know how it feels to be remade, to cloak yourself in steel and wash yourself in fire and refuse to be trampled. To stand and say 'I am not what they make of me, but what I
Bibliyohan Blackthorn ➰
Oct 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: retelling
Second, THAT BLURB!!
Dec 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free book.

I'm going to try my best to talk about the good and the bad of this book, but quite honestly I did not like it at all. It started off pretty interesting: deformed girl is locked away because she has some terrifying power and everyone sees her as a monster. But it quickly derails into every other YA fantasy out there. I can think of very little
Jade  - theelderbooks
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First off, if I could give this more than five stars, I would. I so would.

I usually am reasonable when it comes to my sleep. This book changed that, I stayed up so late because I couldn't put it down. I knew the plot was promising and I knew I would probably love it, but I hadn't anticipated how much.

Come on guys ! There's a fallen warrior that has magical Kalima abilites, and that girl CAN WIELD THE NIGHT ! How amazing is that ??? Her nickname is Enebish the Destroyer ! I LOVE IT ! Yes, sure,
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enebish is a Night Spinner and has the ability to manipulate darkness. She was once a great member of the Sky King’s army, but was involved in a tragic massacre when she lost control of her power. Her sister, Ghoa, is the Imperial Army commander and pulled some strings so Enebish is now a prisoner in a monastery where she trains eagles. One day, Ghoa asks Enebish to go undercover to seek out a rebel group’s leader. In exchange, she’ll be pardoned and able to join the army again. Enebish agrees, ...more
Jenna R
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
**I was provided an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

Addie Thorley begins a new young adult fantasy series with Night Spinner. Marketed as a Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling, Thorley introduces a magic system that is sure to please fans of the Grishaverse. Our titular Night Spinner is Enebish, a girl who was once a warrior in the Imperial Army. After losing control of her power, causing a massacre, and gaining the cognomen "the Destroyer",
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Page Street Publishing - Page Street Kids in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

When I found out the story's principal character had a unique name, I immediately had to jump at the chance to read it even without knowing what the main premise was. Night Spinner tells the story of Enebish former ultimate warrior for the Sky King's Imperial Army who is known as the Night Spinner controlling
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Affair of Poisons was an incredible fantasy take on what could have happened with a part of the French Revolution that not many know about, and Night Spinner is beautiful take on an entirely different part of French culture! We follow Enebish, a woman disfigured physically and mentally by a terrible war crime she believes she has committed. She's sequestered away in a monastery that runs by turning it's inhabitants against each other. When Enebish is offered the chance to taste a bit of ...more
Another book that turned out how I wasn't expecting!

I saw Hunchback of Notre Dame and immediately jumped on this. I love that story, so i was very curious as to how this book would take inspiration from it. To keep it short, this book kept me guessing for a long time. There were times where I was completely blindsided and the book went in an entirely different direction than I expected. I sort of expected the beginning to be a bit slow, as we do get to learn a lot of backstory to Em and how she
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read the notes in my Kindle from this book you'll easily see how invested I was in this book and it's characters

I felt my heart break too many times. TOO. MANY. TIMES. DAMMIT. but it was so beautifully written and thought out that you can't help but be crushed.

The characters are brilliant and complex and heartbreaking. Things aren't black and white but all sorts of shades of grey and just phenomenal to read about.

The plot is fast paced action, sudden heartbreaking twists, empowering
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book blew my mind. Night Spinner is an absolutely magical read and I loved every page. It's incredibly well written, descriptive and the world building is fantastic. I like Enebish, the main character, a lot. I especially enjoyed how deeply religious she is, as someone who is very steadfast in their faith I could relate to her, it also isn't something you see very often in fantasy. Above all things I found myself being sucked into the world of Night Spinner. It took a hold of me and didn't ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two years ago, Enebish was an elite fighter -- able to conjure darkness at will, whisper messages through the night -- until she lost control of her power and killed innocent people. She doesn't remember anything about that night, but now she lives a life of fear and despair. When Enebish is given a chance to redeem herself, she is resolute in her success, but as she learns more about the outside world, she questions her truth.

Night Spinner is a beautifully written re-telling of The Hunchback of
Zoe L.
Oct 28, 2019 added it
Night Spinner by Addie Thorley is a magical retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Now, for me an amazing retelling is a retelling that I can’t outwardly see as a direct retelling of the story. And Night Spinner definitely hit the mark for this!

Full review on my blog:

*I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Kirsti Call
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher, netgalley
This story is an epic fantasy with phenomenal world building, a fast paced plot, twists and turns, and likable yet flawed characters. I've never read a book with an MC who has made the kinds of mistakes that this MC makes--I found writing riveting and intriguing and unique. I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure and can't wait for the next installment.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Night Spinner is a high-fantasy novel that is a fast-paced read with a well-done, creative magic, and just the right touch of romance. I would recommend this book for teens looking for a new fantasy series.
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Addie Thorley spent her childhood playing soccer, riding horses, and scribbling stories. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in journalism, she decided “hard news” didn’t contain enough magic and kissing, so she flung herself into the land of fiction and never looked back.

She now lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and wolf dog, and when she’s not

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