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Spin the Dawn Readalong - Day #3

(Image Courtesy -Uma @books.bags.burgers )

OK wow Part 1 is done and that was quite the ending to it and OMG everything was so sudden and just.... I'M RAMBLING

! SPOILER ALERT ! The following post contains spoilers for the chapters 11 to 16. So unless you’ve read them, DON’T PROCEED ! SPOILER ALERT !

-S P O I L E R S-

     I was going to do a methodical discussion. Honest. But all I can speak is gibberish so this post is going to be me crazy screeching. Bear with moi.

OKAY NORBU THE ABSOLUTE JACKASS. I could have just pounded on his head with one of those big, vintage sewing machines.

     I ABSOLUTELY WAS SO MAD AT HIM THROUGHOUT THESE CHAPTERS. I mean he tries to get everyone drunk and lose, set fire to all their work, BROKE MAIA'S HAND, found her secret, exposed her in front of everyone and I AM OVER HERE WANTING TO DROP HIM IN A VOLCANO.

     AND EDAN MY PRECIOUS BEAN FIXED SO MUCH! He set Maia's bones, told her about Norbu using magic, helped her out of her sentence (Although I was at that point sad he didn't speak out in front of Lady Sarnai to help. but also I understand why he couldn't) and then is going to make everyone forget the truth about Maia. Edan is the sweetest honestly. 

     Lady Sarnai. When she called Maia and asked her to be an ally, I was kind of hopeful for a friendship to develop but it was kind of SQUASHED LIKE BUG when immediately upon learning Maia's secret, she sent her to the dungeons and her death. 

     The Emperor is honestly the most intriguing at this point. WHAT is his secret?? Why are people so crazily attracted? Maia says the "spell" was broken only when he left and I kind of thought it is a spell? Like an actual spell maybe? We'll find out soon enough

-L E T    U S   D I S C U S S -

Why do you think the Emperor decides to keep Maia around? Why does he spare her stating the needs of Lady Sarnai? I suspect Edan to be behind the Emperor's unnatural attraction but why?

Uma @books.bags.burgers  is a crazy albeit nice book dragon who when not decoding the human existence in secret labs, spends the day bemoaning her lack of pastel books and trying to make sure her TBR doesn't kill her overnight.


  • Anasua Mandal

    NORBU THAT ABSOLUTE JACKASS DUNCE COWARD ARGH!! I want to throw him into Tartarus and be done with him!!!
    I had really hoped Lady Sarnai would turn out to be a compassionate person when/if she found out about Maia but I’m so angry!!! I don’t know what to make of that woman and honestly, here she reminded me of Umbridge insert furious emoji
    Edan. Wow. He is so intriguing and I want to hug him.
    The Emperor honestly needs more time for close inspection by the readers because what is up with him?!
    Aaah can’t wait to continue!

  • Madhuri Lalwani

    I really believe that the emperor is attracted to her and doesn’t wish to accept it which is why he quotes Lady Sarnai’s reasons. That’s why he’s willing to go as far as wanting to use magic to ensure she stays as the imperial tailor.

    Man, I know we all hate Norbu here. He’s such a nuisance. I mean, he’s clearly the antagonist and I don’t know, I can’t wait to get him out of the way.

    As we all expected, Edan has been keeping his friendship. Although he asks Maia to not expect being his friend, deep down everyone reading and Lim knows they’re great friends. They’re literally friendship goals.

    I really didn’t expect Lady Sarnai to do any good to her. Although I was surprised that a magnificent robe like that would still lose. I was taken aback by how the competition was so much about the skill and craft throughout and suddenly when it matters the most, we’re playing “who’s gonna be true to me at the end of the day.” ( which would anyway be Maia but how would Lady Sarnai know)

    Moreover, my expectations of their gender disparity were right. Maia faces double marginalization. As a woman, facing LITERALLY SIMILAR PROBLES it would’ve been nice to see that woman show some mercy. But yeah, a woman putting down another woman also reflects how the upper class generally might want to fight for equality, feminism and what not but not look back at what they cause to other women. Makes me want to quote all of ‘Gender Trouble’ by Bell Hooks.

    Sorry that I’m a bit late. Was caught up with exams but I can’t wait to use my weekend to compensate for the absence. Love the discussion as usual.

  • Bhagyashree Bhat

    Ok. So I was getting bad vibes about norbu from the start but we come to know he is not bad but he is worse. Wanted to throw him into the fire that he himself created & was trying to kill Maia in. Arghhh! 😠😤

    Edan..he is the sweetest.❤🤗
    I especially love characters who act like they are unaffected & cool as a cucumber but are infact falling deeper and deeper into love with the other person. 🤩

    Lady Sarnai..she makes it so easy to hate her. For a moment there i felt as if she can will support Maia seeing that she too as a girl is trying to break the stereotypes but NOOO… She instead threw her in the dungeon to get lashes & get hanged the next day. 🤦‍♀

    The Emperor is wierd. There is something seriously going wrong there. & That is definitely a magical spell being used by him to attract people..

    - bb far::h

  • Kavita

    Oh no Maia’s secret is revealed 😔😔
    I was loving all the mocking of Edan and was waiting for something romantic to happen between Maia and Edan…. But….. Holy shit…. Nobru was such an animal, cruel and selfish.

    And I was started to have a soft corner for Lady Sarnai but she is such a stone hearted.

    Do the emperor has any solid role in this book?? Because he has not done any significant thing so far.

    Second part is going to take us to a whole new journey.

  • Belinda Smith

    The hawk protected Maia… so is Edan keeping an eye out for her using the hawk???

    I want Ammi and Maia to be friends… 🤣🤣🤣 The typical conclusion to come to… they gotta be gay!

    Maia making sure she doesn’t get thrown in the jail for staring lewdly at Lady Sarnai 🤣🤣🤣 that was the best!

    I KNEW Norbu was an awful! But he is the most vilest person EVER!!! I cannot believe he smashed her hand!!! SERIOUSLY!!!

    I am liking Edan more and more!!! He is so sweet!! He is helping Maia feel at ease and helping her in every way possible. Ugh! Just love him!

    I thought Lady Sarnai was a badass but I am having doubts… I am not liking her too much now!! Trying to turn poor Maia into a spy and choosing Norbu over her just cuz he agreed to rat Edan out! ☹️

    Norbu exposed her IN FRONT OF EVERYONE!!! OH MY GOD!!! I wanna rip his tongue out!!!😡😡😡😡

    Lady Sarnai sent her to her death!! WHAT!!? I thought she would be sympathetic!! WHY DINT SHE?!?!?

    It hurt me to read Maia getting beaten up!!🥺🥺 My poor baby… and Edan saving her!!!💕 My heart is welling up!✨✨✨✨

    The Emperor!!!! What’s his deal?! He wants her here cuz she can use magic?
    And what kind of magic does he use?!?!? Lady Sarnai says he used to be a sickly kid?! So all the magnificence is cuz of a spell? Can he use magic?? Or is Edan helping him there? WHAT IS IT?!?!?!?
    I have FAR TOO MANY QUESTIONS!!! Is the Emperor planning something against Lady Sarnai using Maia??

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