Cari Thomas

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Magic is the first sin; we must bear it silently

When Anna’s father murdered her mother and killed himself, it was her aunt who took her in. Aunt is a witch, a Binder. Anna is being raised to become a Binder, taught that magic is a curse, a temptation that must be rejected and knotted into submission. Soon Anna will reach the age where her magical ability is bound; can she overcome her own misgivings about the Binding, and learn to accept her fate?

Threadneedle is the first book in a series by debut author, Cari Thomas. I’m not 100% sure whether it’s supposed to be aimed at the adult or young adult market, but either way, this older adult absolutely adored it. It’s difficult to discuss without giving spoilers away, so I’m not going to even try, but all the usual requisite components are there – characterisation, world-building, etc – alongside excellent writing and a lot of heart.

For a first-time author to come out with something of this quality is incredible. It’s definitely worth five stars, but I’d give higher rating if it were mathematically possible. Wow! Best book of the year so far.

I received an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publication date: 27th May 2021

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