The Bone Spindle
January 11, 2022
About the Bone Spindle
Fi is a bookish treasure hunter with a knack for ruins and riddles, who definitely doesn’t believe in true love.
Shane is a tough-as-dirt girl warrior from the north who likes cracking skulls, pretty girls, and doing things her own way.
Briar Rose is a prince under a sleeping curse, who’s been waiting a hundred years for the kiss that will wake him.
Cursed princes are nothing but ancient history to Fi–until she pricks her finger on a bone spindle while exploring a long-lost ruin. Now she’s stuck with the spirit of Briar Rose until she and Shane can break the century-old curse on his kingdom.
Dark magic, Witch Hunters, and bad exes all stand in her way–not to mention a mysterious witch who might wind up stealing Shane’s heart, along with whatever else she’s after. But nothing scares Fi more than the possibility of falling in love with Briar Rose.
Set in a lush world inspired by beloved fairytales, The Bone Spindle is a fast-paced young adult fantasy full of adventure, romance, found family, and snark.
Sleeping Beauty meets Indiana Jones in this thrilling fairytale retelling for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and All the Stars and Teeth.
I’m always up for a good fairy tale retelling, especially a gender-flipped story or one that completely reimagines the world in which the fairy tale takes place. So, I couldn’t resist reading THE BONE SPINDLE once I knew it had all those elements. I also loved SORCERY OF THORNS, so, that’s even more points in favor.
Now that I’ve read it, I can honestly say that if I had a time machine, I’d end up being one of those people who seriously annoy my husband on Reddit, the people who would choose to use great power for oddball things. Because I’d definitely use my time machine to go forward into the future to read the sequel to THE BONE SPINDLE right now, if I had one. (And then after that, you know, saving humanity, world peace, all that stuff.)
I loved the characters in this book. Fi is smart, savvy, adorable and so bookish. I thought for sure she’d have to be my favorite, and then Shane had me with her fierce determination to protect the people she loves, and to do what’s right no matter how hard it is. And then Red with her quick wits and ability to slip in and out of trouble. And Briar with his charm and innocence and humor. They were all my favorites.
One of the fresh elements in this retelling that I couldn’t get enough of is that it takes a character (the sleeping princess, here a prince) who is traditionally a passive character, and turns them into an active supporting character in the story. We mostly follow Fi, who has been chosen to wake the prince, and Shane, her treasure-hunting, warrior partner, but Briar, the prince, visits Fi along the journey using his abilities as a light witch.
Through those visits, they become friends and feel the pull of love, but he also intervenes sometimes in battles (though the girls hold their own plenty of times). I loved that it showed a relationship developing between Fi and Briar and made him a living character in the story rather than a prince waiting to wake up.
I feel like sometimes the first book in a series like this will drop off a cliff at the end, and leave you feeling like you read a whole book only to get cheated out of a real ending– BUT– this book does not do that. I felt like it both had a very satisfying ending and also a great setup for the next book in the series.
Honestly, I can’t think of anything about this book that I didn’t like. It’s a completely fresh take on the fairytale, but it has all the elements that I love about the original story. For me, this one was a total win. I absolutely recommend it to fantasy lovers and readers who love reimagined fairy tales.
Recommended for Ages 14 up.
Shane is a lesbian.
Profanity/Crude Language Content
Mild profanity used infrequently.
Kissing between a boy and girl. Kissing between two girls.
A powerful witch has placed a curse on the kingdom of Andar. Other powerful witches gave their lives to transform the curse into something that could be broken. Other witches with magic ability still live among the other kingdoms.
Battle violence and situations of peril.
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