Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features highly anticipated book releases.

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Title: Spin the Dawn
Author: Elizabeth Lim
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: July 30, 2019

A gifted tailor in disguise. Three legendary dresses. The competition of a lifetime. 

On the fringes of the Great Spice Road, Maia Tamarin works as a seamstress in her father’s shop. She dreams of becoming the best tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. 

When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a tailor of renown, to court, Maia poses as his son and travels to the Summer Palace in his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she’ll take that risk to save her family and achieve her dream of becoming the imperial tailor. There’s just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.

Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to
prove their artistry and skill. Maia’s task is further complicated when she draws the unwelcome attention of the court enchanter, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: to sew three
magic gowns for the emperor’s reluctant bride-to-be: from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of stars. With this impossible task before her, she embarks on a journey to the far reaches of the kingdom, seeking the sun, the moon, and the stars, and finding more than she ever could have imagined.

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Why am I excited?

Well, first of all, this is pitched as Project Runway meets Mulan, and it’s also a Chinese-inspired fantasy! I love the whole ‘girl disguised as a boy’ trope as well, which I absolutely love and think it needs to be used more in books. Forbidden romance? Check! Magic? Check! This basically has all the things I need and the cover is just stunning.

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