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Spin the Dawn

(2019)
(The first book in the Blood of Stars series)
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Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping fantasy about a teenage girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.And don’t miss Elizabeth Lim’s new novel, the instant New York Times bestseller, Six Crimson Cranes!

“All the cutthroat competition of a runway fashion reality show and the thrilling exploits of an epic quest." The Washington Post


Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest 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 makes the ultimate sacrifice and poses as a boy to take his place. She knows her life is forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she'll take that risk to achieve her dream and save her family from ruin. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors in a cutthroat competition 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 attention of the court magician, Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise.

And nothing could have prepared her for the unthinkable final challenge: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor's reluctant bride-to-be, from the sun, the moon, and the 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.

Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this fantasy novel is not to be missed.

"This is a white-knuckle read." Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Tempests and Slaughter


Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Praise for this book

"A thrilling tale as rich as velvet and as exquisite as fine embroidery." - Heidi Heilig

"Spin the Dawn is pure magic. Romance, artistry, and deep enchantment." - Gregory Maguire

"What an amazing creation! Every time I thought I knew where it was going, I was wrong. This is a white-knuckle read." - Tamora Pierce


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Hardback Editions

June 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars)
Author(s): Elizabeth Lim
ISBN: 0-525-64699-X / 978-0-525-64699-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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July 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars)
Author(s): Elizabeth Lim
ISBN: 0-525-64700-7 / 978-0-525-64700-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

March 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars)
Author(s): Elizabeth Lim
ISBN: 1-5293-6290-3 / 978-1-5293-6290-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
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June 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars)
Author(s): Elizabeth Lim
ISBN: 0-593-12602-5 / 978-0-593-12602-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ember
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January 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Spin the Dawn (The Blood Of Stars)
Author(s): Elizabeth Lim
ISBN: 0-593-11844-8 / 978-0-593-11844-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Dell Publishing Group, Div of Random House, Inc
Availability: Amazon   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

July 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Spin the Dawn: The Blood of Stars, Book 1
Author(s): Elizabeth Lim
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon   


July 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Spin the Dawn: The Blood of Stars, Book 1
Author(s): Elizabeth Lim
Publisher: Listening Library
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

March 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars)
Author(s): Elizabeth Lim
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


July 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars Book 1)
Author(s): Elizabeth Lim
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA