The Severed Thread

Penguin/Razorbill. (The Bone Spindle: Bk. 2). Feb. 2023. 416p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780593325858.
Gr 9 Up–This follow-up to The Bone Spindle—a queer, gender-bending “Sleeping Beauty” retelling—holds tight to the ride-or-die relationships as characters embark on a new quest to save the kingdom of Andar. Fi and her found family must decode a book and locate the secret city of the last Witches, lending this fairy-tale retelling a Lara Croft: Tomb Raider vibe as Fi fights her Butterfly Curse, Briar Rose struggles with his bond to the Spindle Witch, and Shane tries to save Red. Vedder’s second book sustains the thrilling romance and adventure readers loved in the first, with deeper characterization and higher stakes.
VERDICT This flipped fairy-tale series is too fun to miss. Highly recommended.

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