A Spindle Splintered by Alix Harrow

Disclaimer: I received this finished copy from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: A Spindle Splintered

Author: Alix Harrow

Book Series: Fractured Fables Book 1

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: Chronic illness queer MC, Lesbian adopted character, Lesbian character

Recommended For…: fantasy, retelling, Sleeping Beauty, multiverse, meta

Publication Date: October 5, 2021

Genre: Fantasy Retelling

Age Relevance: 18+ (cursing, death, illness, romance, alcohol consumption, HP reference, rape, assault, violence, grief)

Explanation of Above: There is cursing in this book. There is some violence via physical injury and physical violence, as well as some death and grief mentioned and shown in the book. The book’s MC has a chronic illness that is caused by water pollution and death is expected from the illness. There is romance in this book and some alcohol consumption. There is an HP reference but it is done in a tone that’s condescending to it. Rape is alluded to and assault is mentioned and shown.

Publisher: Tordotcom

Pages: 128

Synopsis: It’s Zinnia Gray’s twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it’s the last birthday she’ll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no one has lived past twenty-one.

Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia’s last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens, and she finds herself falling through worlds, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.

Review: I really love this book so much! I think it’s my new favorite retelling series! I love that the book is very open about it being meta and basically about a multiverse of Sleeping Beauty retellings. I loved that the book mentioned other fairy tales and went into the fairy tale lore and history. The book did well with the character development and the world building. I fell in love with this series so hard and I can’t wait to see what else the author writes.

The only issue I had with the book is that sometimes the pacing was a bit off in places and I wished that the book was longer.

Verdict: It was great! Highly recommend!