A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
Fractured Fables: Book 1
A Spindle Splintered is the first book of the Fractured Fables series by award-winning author Alix E. Harrow. It isn’t your ordinary Sleeping Beauty story, and Zinnia Gray isn’t your usual sleeping beauty. Diagnosed with a rare disorder that is destined to kill her soon, 20-year-old Zin has been living her life in fast forward. She graduated high school two years early and studied Folk Studies at Ohio State University, earning her degree in only seven semesters. Obsessed with all versions of the classic Sleeping Beauty story – even the Alvin and the Chipmunks episode – Zin knows all the ways Beauties are cursed, and all the ways they could be saved.
So when her best friend Charm throws her a themed party on her twenty-first birthday, of course it included a spindle. And of course Zinnia pricks her finger. But sleep and death do not come for her. Instead, she sees all the iterations of herself across multiple universes. When one of those beauties cries out for help, Zinnia reaches out and is pulled into another universe. She ends up in Princess Primrose’s world, and Zin tries to save the both of them from their fates.
It’s a whimsical story about a dying girl in a tower wishing for a better once upon a time. Zinnia is a fierce female protagonist with snark and a fatalistic view of the world who still dares to hope. And her best friend, Charm, keeps her fighting to rescue Primrose and return to her own world. Fantastically LGBTQ+ and funny, A Spindle Splintered is a must-read.
The sequel, A Mirror Mended, debuts June 14, 2022.
Both audiobooks are narrated by the talented Amy Landon, who brings Zinnia Gray and her companions to life. I highly recommend both versions.
A Spindle Splintered cover art and design credit: David Curtis.
A Spindle Splintered editor credit: Jonathan Strahan.
A Spindle Splintered interior illustrations credit: Arthur Rackham.
Audiobook narrated by Amy Landon.