**Disclaimer: There are spoilers below for Spin the Dawn. Please see my review if you want a spoiler free analysis.**
Title Spin the Dawn
Author Elizabeth Lim
Section Covered Part Three The Oath (Chapters 33-end)
Description from Amazon
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 enchanter, 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.
Ok so Part II gave me all of the Disney feels that I was looking for. Maia became a hero, there are Aladdin references all over the place, and she completed her quest. In true Disney movie style, completing the quest is never enough and now Maia has to return to the Emperor and make the famous dresses. I was so excited to read the next section of the story.
Part Three – The Oath
Part II left ended on a crazy note. Edan basically agreed to sacrifice his life (for eternity) to save Maia. Now, Maia has to go back to the workroom and somehow get motivated to work on these amazing mythological dresses. I honestly don’t know how she did it, but, she did successfully create all three.
I loved the scene where Maia tried on the Blood of Stars dress. She spent so much of the story pretending to be a boy that it was a nice contrast for her to not only embrace the fact that she was a girl but, she got to wear literally the most beautiful and magical dress in creation. If that didn’t make her feel better, no dress would. She got to witness her work come to life.
I also liked the scene where Maia made the wish. Since I’m all about the Disney movies today, it reminded me of the scene in the third Aladdin movie where he consults an Oracle. I love a good “things aren’t going to turn out like you expect” warning in a story and that’s exactly what we got here. Amara told her she could have her wish but the results were not what she was expecting. Maia, not that she seemed to care as long as Edan was safe, didn’t seem to realize that she was taking the curse on herself.
I didn’t love Edan’s decision to “go find himself without his magic” at the end of the story. I get it, magic has been your world for like a billion years, but come on, Maia just did something amazing and definitely much more sacrificial than it seems and you’re going to leave?? I need the next book to confirm that he’s not gone for long because if he’s not a main character, I don’t know what I’ll do.
Hopes for the Next Book
Bring Edan back! I want the next book to feature more of Edan and Maia’s adventures while they try to break her curse. From the ending of this book, it seems like Maia has some time before it completely consumes her. I’d also love more background on the magic system. How did Edan become a genie in the first place (please note, that’s not the terminology in the book, he’s an “enchanter”, but I associated his ties to a master as him being a genie).