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Spin the Dawn

(2019)
(The first book in the Blood of Stars series)
A novel by

 
 
"Looking for your next big YA fantasy series? We've got our eye on this stylist blockbuster." --Entertainment Weekly

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping fantasy about a young 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.


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 poses as a boy and takes 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 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 attention of the court magician, 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.
     Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.

"Spin the Dawn is proof that casting a wider net not only gives us a fresh story that feels unlike everything else on the shelves beside it but also allows for richer and more nuanced storytelling." —NPR

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

"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, #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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Used availability for Elizabeth Lim's Spin the Dawn

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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

March 2021 : UK Paperback

Title: Spin the Dawn
Author(s): Elizabeth Lim
ISBN: 1-5293-6290-3 / 978-1-5293-6290-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon UK   


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
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


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 UK   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 : Australia 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 AU   


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   


July 2019 : UK 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 UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK 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 UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU