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Night Spinner

(Night Spinner #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  518 ratings  ·  195 reviews
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―a monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan.

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Hardcover, 391 pages
Published February 11th 2020 by Page Street Kids
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Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
did you know this story is inspired by 'the hunchback of notre dame?!?' no? neither did i, but the world is truly blessed because of it.

readers who are familiar with victor hugos novel (not the disney film) will be able to see the similarities and nods to the original story. but i also felt both 'flame in the mist' and grishaverse vibes with regard to plot and magic, respectively. so its a wonderful atmospheric blend and engaging action to read about.

i was impressed with the pacing, the world-
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
Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

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DNF @ p.72

When I found out that NIGHT SPINNER was inspired by The Hunchback of Notre Dame I was so excited. It didn't even matter whether it was truer to the book by Victor Hugo or the Disney movie, I love them both for different reasons, and they're both so deliciously dark (with flawed, dark male leads-- my kryptonite). I also really enjoyed the other book of Addie Thorley's, AN AFFAIR OF THE POISONS, which I also received as an ARC e
A retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame set against an arctic tundra landscape...

I needed this book and I didn't even know it.

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
eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

I was hesitant to start this one even though I was super excited to be approved for it. The cover and the synopsis were perfect. I was definitely curious to see what a Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling would entail. Luckily, even with a minor hiccup I fell in love with the world, magic, and characters this author created!

Enebish is a character who is very hard on herself for her past mistake. She dwells on what happened and ca
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 Enebis
Joanna Meyer
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Official comments:
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.
Madison Mary
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
*ARC provided by Page Street Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

"You don't need a master, Enebish. Be your own hero. You can save yourself - and me - but only if you open your eyes"

A gender-bent retelling of The Hunchback of Notredame riddled with heartbreaking deceit and moral turmoil.

Enebish is a Night Spinner, a controller of the rarest Kalima magic. But after a horrifying massacre, Enebish is physically disfigured, cut-off from her powers, and sentenced to serve out the
Sheila Goicea
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Page Street Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Death, Gore, Blood, Starvation, Torture, War

You don’t need a master, Enebish. Be your own hero. You can save yourself--and me--but only if you open your eyes.

Enebish has known a life of duty and battle her entire life. H
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .

This book ended up being a lovely, pleasant surprise for me, for two notable reasons. First, I have been having kind of the worst time with fantasy lately, so I was wary when I started. I needn't have been. Second, there are birds. It's kind of a big deal. And yet, it didn't turn me off!

What I Liked:

Who on earth can be trusted? Heh I like when everyone's a mess and you're pretty sur
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
Mar 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
Blechhhh 😬

Ok so I wanted to read this for The Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling and the medieval Mongolian worldbuilding—and neither was worth it... at all... 😬

The HOND inspiration was superrr vague and didn’t really fit the choices the author made for the story... I’m not even sure why she bothered to include the like three references to HOND that she did... It made little sense for the story and felt very forced. (I am also assuming we’re talking about book-HOND and not Disney-HOND...🤦🏼‍♀️)

Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
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Night Spinner is the first book in Addie Thorley’s new YA fantasy series. When I picked this up, I didn’t know what to expect from this book. I liked the idea of a flawed heroine who’s banished for losing control on her dangerous power. Well guys, this book didn’t work out for me. First of all, this book was freaking slow and nothing major happens until we get to the last part. My second issue was the secondary characters. They were dull
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was worth staying up all night to read it.
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 grea
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I never knew I needed a gender bent Hunch Back of Notre Dame retelling until Night Spinner.

Following the massacre at Nariin where Enebish lost control of her night spinner abilities resulting in the slaughter of innocent people, Enebish is now an ex-Kalima warrior and convicted traitor. As if the scars that have left her deformed both mentally and physically aren’t enough, she’s now referred to as Enebish the Destroyer and hides away at a monastery where she serves time for her war crimes. Enebi
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
NIGHT SPINNER is a story of deception and betrayal, friendship and family, with magic and war woven throughout, and a touch of romance. The fantasy world is intriguing and the characters well drawn, while the story will have readers turning pages as quickly as they can. Highly recommended to YA fantasy fans!

I loved how the characters and plot unfolded in this story! Enebish had to grow on me a bit. She was so gullible and from the beginning I knew that things were not as they appeared or as she
Wondrous Reads
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Be humble, for you are made of earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars.” (This quote made me swoon...)
Addie Thorley is quickly becoming one of my favorite YA authors. And I'm really happy about it.
When I read her first book, An Affair of Poisons, I was blown away by how much I liked it. I really only picked it up because of the exciting premise and drop dead gorgeous cover (Night Spinner also has a gorgeous cover, I mean look at it!) And I got so much more than that.
Thorley's writing style
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 a
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
3/5 stars!

I was super excited to read this, and unfortunately, this book didn't reach those expectations. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy reading this book, but it just didn't wow me like I wanted it to. I did end up liking the first half a lot more than the second half. I think this is because the world building, to me, was kind of weak. I did really like the main character, Enebish. I loved watching her grow into her power and her own self-confidence. I also really loved some of the side char
Morrighan Rose
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-arcs-2020
“𝙶𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚒𝚜 𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚟𝚎. 𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚊 𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚜𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚒𝚍𝚎𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚜𝚝𝚘𝚛𝚢. 𝙰 𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚜 𝚘𝚏 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚢 𝚋𝚎𝚝𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚋𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚔 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚝𝚎.” —𝙽𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚂𝚙𝚒𝚗𝚗𝚎𝚛

What a wonderfully magickal story. I fell in love with the world from page one. In a magick touched, war-torn country, our main character, Enebish is a powerful Night Spinner. Her ability to wield tendrils of darkness is highly sought after, even by the Sky King.

Night Spinner is a wonderfully written, haunting tale of a powerful young woman, still trying to find herself
“Be humble, for you are made of earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars.”

Okay, I liked it.
It somehow reminded me of Rebel of the Sands and The Grishaverse. The story of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame holds my fascination in general, though I still have to read Hugo's work.

Enebish was the one I truly liked. I was taken aback by how a catastrophe can change a person, in and out. And the idea of her spinning the night got me sold. The beginning was a little slow but then it kicked in and the story
April Sarah
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
*ARC received from #Netgalley in return for an honest review*
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This is a hunchback of Notre Dame inspired story. instead of your traditional Quasimodo, you have a wounded ex warrior who's dealing with a lot of fallout and PST from things that have happened war. It is set in this very rich, lush, landscape, of a completely new world with completely new rules. There's a magic system here that has been very thoroughly set up in some fairly interesting ways. P
Erin Arkin
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic, read-in-2020
Night Spinner by Addie Thorley is a book I had on my TBR list from the moment I read the summary. I love the idea of a retelling of The Hunchback of Notre Dame but with a female character and magic. In a world where magic means power, this book will have you wondering who can really be trusted and what everyone’s endgame is.

Thorley does a great job of setting this story up with Enebish as the main character. Her magic is the thing that has made her a monster to the people and having been one of
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist
LOOK!!! A girl’s gotta be honest, I love retellings and I almost enjoy the contemporary spin every author adds, but I loved this HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME retelling a little bit whole lotta more!! I plunged into the book with zero expectations, without reading the synopsis, nada and my oh my did it come at me with all them glorious feels! An amazing cast, a fierce resilient heroine who is every bit fierce, loyal and devoted to her people and so many shady side characters!! PLUS PLOT TWISTS, BETRAY ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march-2020-tbr
I really loved this book so much I loved the story and the characters so much. I loved the characters especially En and Serik En for her willingness to believe in what is right and the fact she holds on to her beliefs and her love for Serick. I loved Serik for how he would do absolutely anything for En he would go above and beyond if it meant he would save En. I loved the plot it starts out with En being imprisoned for doing something heinous (view spoiler) w ...more
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Night Spinner is one of my favorite 2020 reads. I loved the author’s writing style, and what really drew me in was that this is a loose retelling of The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. You don’t have to be familiar with The Hunchback Of Notre Dame to understand what’s going on, but readers will be able to pick out the elements that were inspired by the original. There is a decent amount of world building, and the author will definitely explore more of the world in the second book considering the way sh ...more
Sam Glasbrenner (SassyOwlReads)
I thoroughly enjoyed this Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling! From the first page I was sucked in by the magic system and it got better from there. There were twists within twists and by the end, you don't know who to believe.

The world-building could use some expanding but I think that will be rectified more in a 2nd book. I really appreciated how much grey area there was in terms of who was good and who was bad. Overall rating 4.5 stars!

Thanks so much to Netgalley and the Publisher for an e-arc
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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 wri

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