Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Spin the Dawn

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Spin the Dawn is a teenage fantasy about a young girl who puts herself in her brother's place to compete for the role of the Emperor's tailor and embarks on a journey to sew three magical garments made of the sun, moon and stars.
Spinning the dawn is an exciting adventure with the splendor of velvet and the delicacy of embroidery. A story that is both an epic adventure and a fairy tale.

On the outskirts of the Great Spice Route, Maia Tamarin works as a seamstress in her father's shop. She dreams of becoming the best seamstress in the country, but as a girl the best she can hope for is a good marriage.
When a royal messenger summons her ailing father, once a famous tailor, to court, Maia pretends to be his son and travels to the summer palace in his place. She knows her life will be forfeit if her secret is discovered, but she takes the risk to save her family and realise her dream of becoming an imperial tailor. There's just one catch: Maia is one of twelve tailors vying for the job.
Backstabbing and lying are the order of the day, while the tailors must prove their artistry and skill in competitions. Maia's task is further complicated when she attracts the unwelcome attention of the court wizard Edan, whose piercing eyes seem to see through her disguise.
And nothing could have prepared her for the final challenge: She is to sew three magical dresses for the emperor's reluctant bride: from the laughter of the sun, the tears of the moon, and the blood of the stars. With this impossible task in mind, she sets out on a journey into the far reaches of the kingdom to seek the sun, moon and stars and find more than she could have ever imagined.