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Spin the Dawn

(2019)
(The first book in the Blood of Stars series)
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A tailor in disguise. Three legendary dresses. The competition of a lifetime.

'An amazing creation!' Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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.

On the fringes of the Great Spice Road, 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. Then a royal messenger summons her ailing father to court, and Maia seizes her chance. Disguised as a man, she travels to the Summer Palace in her father's place to compete for the emperor's favour, and the coveted position of imperial tailor.

If Maia's ruse is discovered, her life will be forfeit. But if she wins, she will achieve her greatest dream.

Yet nothing could have prepared her for the challenge ahead: to sew three magic gowns for the emperor's bride-to-be. One from the laughter of the sun, one from the tears of the moon, and one from the blood of stars.

Accompanied by the mysterious court enchanter, whose piercing eyes seem to see straight through her disguise, Maia's journey will take her 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.

Praise for Spin the Dawn

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

'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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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