Blog Tour – Gold Spun by Brandie June

**Disclaimer: I was given a free ARC in exchange for an honest review from as part of a tour from TBR and Beyond Tours.**

Tour Schedule

Title Gold Spun
Author Brandie June
Release Date June 8, 2021
Date Finished May 22, 2021


Content Warnings: One mild scene of cutting for blood magic.

If Nor can’t spin gold, she can always spin lies.

When seventeen-year-old Nor rescues a captured faerie in the woods, he gifts her with a magical golden thread she can use to summon him for a favor. Instead, Nor uses it for a con—to convince villagers to buy straw that can be transformed into gold. Her trick works a little too well, attracting the suspicion of Prince Casper, who hates nobody more than a liar. Intent on punishing Nor, he demands that she spin a room of straw into gold and as her reward, he will marry her. Should she refuse or fail, the consequences will be dire.

Initial Thoughts
I was really excited to be chosen for this tour. I love lesser known fairytale retellings and Nor sounded like she’d be a really interesting main character.

Some Things I Liked
I love a good fairytale retelling so I was really excited to see the tale of Rumpelstiltskin told here and I loved the con artist element.
Magic system and world building. I also really enjoyed the world building in this story and think it has a lot of potential to be expanded upon. I think there are a ton of secrets and clues hidden throughout the story and I can’t wait to see how those play out.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About
I felt like the romance was pretty lackluster. I wanted to like Caspar more but he seemed like a jerk at times and then I really wanted to like Pel but there was still something odd about his relationship with Nor. I can’t quite put my finger on it but neither of the ships felt right so I couldn’t really get into the romance in this book. Hopefully it will develop more in subsequent sequels.

Series Value
I’d keep reading this series. I liked the world building and am curious to know about the other kingdoms mentioned and several of the minor characters.

I also think there’s a ton of spin off value here and I could easily see prequels or side stories set in this world that I’d enjoy reading.

Final Thoughts
I enjoyed this book. I think it was a promising start to a series that I would continue reading.


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About the Authors

Brandie June loves storytelling in all sorts of formats, whether she is marketing animated movies or writing fantasy novels. Most of her early life she was on stage or at least as close to the front row as she could get. Initially an actor, she got her B.A. in Theatre from UCLA and branched out into costume design and playwriting, eventually getting her M.B.A. Her first stand-alone play, a dark comedy about Oscar Wilde, premiered at the Hollywood Fringe Festival to a sold-out run and won the Encore Producers Award. As a writer, she is especially passionate about fantasy and mythology, has published several pieces in anthology, and is a recent finalist with The Writers of the Future Award. Her debut novel, Gold Spun, is a fresh retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin tale through the miller daughter’s POV. Except now the miller’s daughter is a con artist and Rumpelstiltskin is a mysterious faerie with a dark secret.

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