Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little corner of the internet. Today I’m bringing you my review of the stunning novel Threadneedle by Cari Thomas. This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and it absolutely did not let me down.
Within the boroughs of London, nestled among its streets, hides another city, filled with magic.
Magic is the first sin. It must be bound.
Ever since Anna can remember, her aunt has warned her of the dangers of magic. She has taught her to fear how it twists and knots and turns into something dark and deadly.
It was, after all, magic that killed her parents and left her in her aunt’s care. It’s why she has been protected from the magical world and, in one year’s time, what little magic she has will be bound. She will join her aunt alongside the other Binders who believe magic is a sin not to be used, but denied. Only one more year and she will be free of the curse of magic, her aunt’s teachings and the disappointment of the little she is capable of.
Nothing – and no one – could change her mind before then. Could it?
I was absolutely blown away by this book. The magical world that was created within these pages just kept expanding, and would make a great addition to the list of unique magic systems I wrote a post about a while ago.
This is proving a really difficult review to write because, even a week on, it’s left me almost lost for words. Utterly beautiful, lyrical and captivating, Threadneedle whisks you away on an adventure that you didn’t even realise had started until it’s already underway. The magic sweeps you up, but so does the writing, a magic in itself.
Anna is a carefully crafted character who grows on you the more you start to understand her and what she is going through on a daily basis. She has been through so much to the point she doesn’t even know that she has, and it takes the appearence of Effie and Attis in her life to demonstrate to her what her life could really be. All the while, the magical world starts to come to life within the pages, and we see more and more of the world that has been carefully crafted by the author, with research into magical traditions woven in with beautifully written fiction.
This will go on to be one of the magical worlds that we all know of, talk about, and await the next installments eagerly.
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