This is book number 1 in the Night Spinner Duology series.
“Tightly wound, laser-focused epic.” – Kirkus
A must-read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, transforming The Hunchback of Notre Dame into a powerful tundra-inspired fantasty.
Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky King’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer—a monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan.
Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior.
Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discovers the tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keeping thousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebish must decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister. No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring the empire to its knees.
“[A] tightly wound, laser-focused epic... satisfies as a stand-alone and leaves fans of fantasy, mystery, and thrillers clamoring for more.” – Kirkus
“Enebish’s prowess as an eagle-trainer, however, is a high point, and readers will applaud her journey toward empowerment. The combination of tangible spirituality, battle magic, and steppe-inspired setting may appeal to readers who enjoyed [Emily A.] Duncan’s Wicked Saints.” – BCCB
“Thorley thoroughly utilizes descriptive language throughout the text, bolstering the imagery. Readers will enjoy this fast-paced adventure, enticed by all of the narrative’s twists and turns... A thrilling retelling that will circulate well among fans of young adult fantasies.” – School Library Journal
PRAISE FOR ADDIE THORLEY and AN AFFAIR OF POISONS
- “Fast-paced and refreshing.” – School Library Journal, starred review
- “[An] exciting historical episode.” – Booklist
- A YALSA 2020 Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee
- “Thrilling, romantic, and addictive.” – Rosalyn Eves, author of the Blood Rose Rebellion trilogy