“Seize the wind,” I whispered. “Don’t become the kite that never flies.”
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 magician, 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.
There was something so very calming about this book. The authors writing was infused with a peaceful vibe and it made the reading experience more immersive. The world building was rich, the magic was artistic and I learned so much about the folklore and mythology.
I loved the Mulan call back and the character was so strong. If the book has a strong female character that experiences growth I’m there! Younger readers would really connect with Maia and idolize her. Such a great book for the youngins.
Can we talk about the descriptions for a moment? Wow, the lush expressive imagery that came from the words was so stunning. I was drawn into the story because of the descriptions the author brought forth. Makes we want to go visit Asia right now!
Thank you Indigo for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.