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The world is made safe by a woman...but it is a very big world.

It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen drove the demon out of her husband and saved her country from fire and blood. Her family has prospered beyond the borders of their village, and two new kingdoms have sprouted on either side of the mountains where the demons are kept prisoner by bright iron, and by the creatures the Storyteller Queen made to keep them contained.

But the prison is crumbling. Through years of careful manipulation, a demon has regained her power. She has made one kingdom strong and brought the other to its knees, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with the final blow: a curse that will cost the princess her very soul, or force her to destroy her own people to save her life.

The threads of magic are tightly spun, binding princess and exiled spinners into a desperate plot to break the curse before the demon can become a queen of men. But the web of power is dangerously tangled--and they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:355 pages

    Spindle Reviews

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Nov 08, 2016

    I liked this even more than I did ‘‘A Thousand Nights.’’But you do not obligatorily have to read that one to be able to comprehend what is happening in this book. In fact, the author summarize...

  • Nastassja
    Dec 25, 2016

    There are corners in the world that are too dark to see, and there are edges that are sharper than they appear, ready to snag the unwary. There are those who do not fear the things they should, and ...

  • Gabrielle
    Mar 07, 2016


  • Madison
    Sep 23, 2016

    Honestly, I don't think I have the words to convey how wonderful this book is. It simply deserves to be read and enjoyed. Yashaa's life changed the night the curse was laid upon the Little Rose. It mi...

  • Laura
    May 10, 2016

    EXCERPT IS HERE: http://www.ew.com/article/2016/05/10/...The intrigue is real....

  • Mila BlackSheep BS
    Jun 26, 2016

    *HEAVY BREATHING*What is this? A companion novel?????December 2016 WTF?!...

  • Ashley Owens
    Dec 03, 2016

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I guess I give this 2.5 stars? I just am feeling so mixed about this and can't quite land on a final rating, but I'll lea...

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    Sep 04, 2016


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    Mar 15, 2016


  • Justine
    Dec 20, 2016

    Johnston has such a clear and lovely storyteller's voice, which she uses to great effect in this book. On the surface the tale is simple, but it has a depth that makes it very satisfying to read. I di...

About E.K. Johnston

E.K. Johnston

E.K. Johnston had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she’s learned anything, it’s that things turn out weird sometimes, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it’s about a pairing she likes.You can follow Kate on Twitter (@ek_johnston) to learn more about Alderaanian political theory than you really