I buddy read this duology about a month ago with two friends from bookstagram and I was in awe. I hadn’t binged a book in a long time but the duology was an incredible experience that I highly recommend.
The review might contain mild spoilers.
Maia’s dream is to become the greatest tailor in the land but as a girl, her dream can only go so far. This all changes when Maia decides to pose as one of her brothers and take her father’s place in Court after he’s been summoned. She knows the dangers of posing as some who she is not, but she finds the risk worth taking if it means making her dream come true. But she has to earn that title – the best tailor in the land.
As with any court, this one is also filled with lies and gossip, and there is treachery even among the tailors who compete to prove their skills and creativity. Maia’s task is further complicated when she catches the attention of the court magician, who sees straight through her disguise.
The final challenge of the competition is the challenge of Maia’s life – she has to sew three magic gowns but to attain the materials she must face impossible tasks and find more about herself than she could have imagined.
What I liked about the book: Obviously, I loved all the magic involved and the retelling of Mulan was something that piqued my interest, as well as the twist on the story itself. It was a pretty intense book that kept me on edge and I read it in close to one sitting because I needed to know everything and I was worried about Maia’s fate on this impossible journey that she had undertaken. I enjoyed the slow burn romance, the enemies to lovers story and the quests that she was given.
What I didn’t like about the book: I think that Maya and Edan’s story felt a bit rushed at times.
A quote: “I want you to know that some journeys have ends, but not this one. This one will change you. Irrevocably.” “Don’t all journeys change you?” “It isn’t the same.” He leaned forward. “I, too, once journeyed beyond the stars.” “What did you find?” His voice turned lethally soft. “That it’s just the beginning.”
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Do you enjoy reading retellings and what is your favorite?