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The miller’s daughter, Serilda has black eyes with golden wheels in them. The people in her town blame her for any bad things that happen.

On each full moon, the god of death, Erlking goes on a hunt to find trophies for his wall. Serilda helps two wood maidens evade death by hiding them in her cellar. She spins a story, telling Erlking she is trying to find straw to weave into gold. On the next full moon Erlking sends his assistant to go fetch her and tells Serlida, she must spin straw into gold or be put to death. When everything seems hopeless a magical human named Gild appears and agrees to help her spin the straw into gold in exchange for her necklace. Will the king be pleased?

Marissa Meyer does an amazing job of retellings. She has done a marvelous job of crafting both characters and this interesting world of gods, ghosts, and humans. The premise may seem simple, but the strength and storytelling of Serlida are so interesting you won’t realize how long you’ve been reading.

I recommend this book for sixteen and up. As a parent, I wouldn’t give this to my teen without a conversation about content. There is violence, loss of parents, gore, murder, cruelty, torture, and not too descriptive sex scene. This book could be put in the adult category had the character been older.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 497 pages
Publisher Feiwel & Friends
Publish Date 02-Nov-2021
ISBN 9781250618849 Buy this Book
Issue February 2022
Category Young Adult