I absolutely devoured this completely stunning read that wove tales that became the most beautiful of stories inside my head,
This book as nothing like what I though tit was going to be. The blurb doesn't do it justice at all. Maia is a tailor. The twist is that she isn't allowed to be a tailor. She is secretly running her father's business because he is too ill to do so. So when he is summoned to the palace things get tricky.
Maia enters the royal tailor competition disguised as one of her brothers and from there I was HOOKED. I couldn't stop reading. This was one of the most addicting reads I have grabbed up in a long time and I need more!
Think the blurb, plus an amazing bunch of twists and a cast of characters that literally feel like you are watching a YA fantasy reality show. BUT SO MUCH BETTER!
Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.
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.
Steeped in Chinese culture, sizzling with forbidden romance, and shimmering with magic, this young adult fantasy is pitch-perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas or Renée Ahdieh.