Fi is a bookish treasure hunter with a knack for ruins and riddles, who definitely doesn’t believe in true love.– GoodReads
Shane is a tough-as-dirt girl warrior from the north who likes cracking skulls, pretty girls, and doing things her own way.
Briar Rose is a prince under a sleeping curse, who’s been waiting a hundred years for the kiss that will wake him.
Gender flipped Sleeping Beauty with besties who have major Indiana Jones vibes. Need I say more?
NEED I SAY MORE??
Well, probably not but it’d be a super short review, so, here we go.
The magic system is intriguing and the lore behind it was so fun to learn about. They really hit the nail on the head with the comparison to Indiana Jones. Our duo of treasure hunters are on a mission, they’ve been given a chance to find something that could make one rich and give another answers.
This was absolutely delightful to read and I loved all the main characters in this. The witch hunters are easy to hate, the lore is so much fun to learn and the relationships and friendships are just simple joys to read.
Fi is so curious, I love learning about her history made it easy to be invested in her. With Shane it was her outright personality that certainly had me loving her from the first moment she was on the page, she has a super interesting backstory as well and I’m hoping we get to go into it a bit more in the next book. They had such great friendship chemistry on the page and I loved the huge differences not only in them but those they were interested in.
Briar Rose was probably my favorite, he had enough tragedy and humor with pretend puffed up confidence that I felt a spiritual connection with him lol.
This fairytale realm is amazing, the author takes Sleeping Beauty and not only gender flips it but gives us a whole land with magic systems, kingdoms, witch hunters, lore and more curses…I don’t know that I could have asked for a more well done version of this. Then again there are some utterly amazing retellings and this is just one more shining example.
Pacing is a little stilted at first but it really doesn’t take long to just fall into place and it simply works. Also because it’s not an ongoing issue I. had forgotten about it at all until I glanced at my notes and recalled the beginning. Though I like slower paced books so I only noted this because it switched gears (not from slow but from finding its feet and walking to sprinting lol and it’s great).
Go forth and read the gift that is The Bone Spindle.
Thanks so much to the pub and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.
4/5 Cups of coffee. RTC.