*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Atheneum Book for Young Readers
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
A girl’s dark destiny could cause the unraveling of the world in this spellbinding novel from the author of A Creature of Moonlight, which Kirkus Reviews called “cumulatively stunning” in a starred review.
Heed this warning, mortal: stay far away from the three sister Fates. For if they come to love you, they might bring about the end of the world…
Chloe is the youngest. Hers are the fingers that choose the wool, that shape the thread, that begin it. The sun smiles upon her. Men love her without knowing who she is. She has lived forever and will live forever more. She and her sisters have been on their isolated Greek island for centuries, longer than any mortal can remember. They spin, measure, and slice the countless golden threads of human life. They are the three Fates, and they have stayed separate for good reason: it is dangerous for them to become involved with the humans whose lives they shape.
So when a beautiful girl named Aglaia shows up on their doorstep, Chloe tries to make sure her sisters don’t become attached. But in seeking to protect them, Chloe discovers the dark power of Aglaia’s destiny. As her path unwinds, the three Fates find themselves pulled inextricably along—toward mortal pain, and mortal love, and a fate that could unravel the world.
Rebecca Hahn has once again delivered an amazing book. I fell in love with Hahn’s writing when I read her other book A Creature of Moonlight. Again her writing is so beautiful, mystical, lyrical, Hahn is just a master at words and painting a picture so distinct and unique. This story is short but very deep which I loved. Plus I am just a sucker for mythology of just about any kind. I will ALWAYS read a book with mythology all wrapped in it.
Here she has spun a very unique story of the Fates. Where they are sisters yet they are not. They are bound to each other. The three Fates are three very different women who never interact with mortals. They do what they are known for: the spinning and cutting of threads to the human life. You’ve got Xinot who is the “elderly sister” or the oldest one, she is has a gift for discernment. Then we’ve got Serena who is “middle-aged” with the more mothering nature. Then we have Chloe-the youngest who is so beautiful that men want her.
I really liked that this author humanized them. Instead of having the Fates old, disgusting, and creepy. We have very gentle, strong, real characters that are relatable.
This story is told in the voice of Chloe-the youngest. It’s a story of a girl named Aglaia washes up in the hands of the fate sisters; and whose life has been utterly destroyed.
Aglaia’s village was destroyed by soldiers who murdered and burned her village, yet left her alive-on purpose. She is filled with so much pain that one of the sisters tries to ease her memories by putting a spell on her. However Aglaia has a dark future that the Fates are powerless to stop but become involved.
Overall I loved this book it was amazing just like her first and I would recommend it to anyone!
Sexual Content: mild
Violence: moderate (talk of the pain from a murdered and destroyed village)