by Hillyer, Lexa

Set in a heightened version of medieval France, Spindle Fire is an enthralling re-imagining of a classic faerie story like readers have never seen it before.

Half-sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been incredibly close. And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood— and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken. As the Faerie Queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of True Love, and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

While Isabelle crosses land and sea, unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls, and whispers of revolt travel in ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted realm, where a mysterious hunter may hold the secret to her escape... or the reason for her to stay.

Spindle Fire is a tour de force fantasy set in the dwindling, deliciously corrupt world of the fae, and featuring two truly unforgettable heroines.

Lexa Hillyer is the author of Proof of Forever. She is also the author of Acquainted with the Cold, the 2012 gold prize winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Poetry, and the recipi- ent of the Melissa Gregory Poetry Prize. Her work was featured in Best New Poets 2012 and she has received various prizes and honors for poetry. Lexa earned her BA in English from Vassar College and her MFA in Poetry from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. She worked as an editor at both HarperCollins and Penguin, before co-founding boutique literary incubator Paper Lantern Lit.

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Fantasy fans and fractured fairytale lovers will easily fall into Isbe and Aurora’s world… Fast-paced and full of mystery, danger, and romance.

Review: School Library Journal

A beautifully written journey into the hearts of two sisters.

Review: Booklist

The author, an award-winning poet, has created a lush, lyrical backdrop for the memorable characters in this sinister fairytale retelling that will have teen fantasy fans waiting with bated breath for the conclusion of Aurora and Isabelle’s story.

Review: VOYA

Lexa Hillyer's Spindle Fire takes the sleeping beauty elements you know and expands them, twists them in the best way possible. The writing is lovely, the sisters indomitable, and as the truths behind the faerie legends were revealed, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

Quote: Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns

With its engaging heroines and delicious prose, Spindle Fire pulled me into a richly detailed world full of intrigue and magic. Lexa Hillyer has created a refreshing take on a classic tale, one that traps you in its spell and doesn't let go.

Quote: Amy Ewing, New York Times bestselling author of The Lone City trilogy

Absorbing. Poetic. In Spindle Fire, Lexa Hillyer draws the walls between dreams and reality with shimmering grace...and phrases of such beauty I had to read many of them twice.

Quote: Jodi Lynn Anderson, author of Tiger Lily

Inventing a distinctly gritty netherworld that weaves reality with shimmering magic and smoky-mirrored illusions, Hillyer's writing is freshly vivid.

Review: Kirkus

In Hillyer’s (Proof of Forever) inventive take on Sleeping Beauty, 16-year-old Princess Aurora of Deluce cannot speak or feel, and her older half-sister, Isbe, is blind—these senses were “tithed” by fairies when they were babies. Aurora is to be married to Prince Phillip of Aubin, forging an alliance between their kingdoms, but when Philip and his brother Edward are murdered, it’s suspected to be the work of the faerie queen Malfleur, who is planning war. Aurora will now be wed to a third prince, William, and Isbe is to be sent to a convent. When Isbe runs away, Aurora goes after her, happening upon a cottage where she pricks her finger on a spindle and is transported to a dreamland called Sommeil, while a sleeping sickness sweeps her own kingdom. Now Isbe must save Aurora. Aurora and Isbe are no delicate flowers, and Hillyer’s depiction of Isbe’s blindness is especially resonant. There is romance, but it’s the devotion between these sisters that makes this story sing and that will leave readers eager to continue their story.

Review: Publishers Weekly

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