Threadneedle Series: The Language of Magic #1
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on May 26, 2022
Source: Owned Hardback
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
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The Sunday Times No.4 bestsellerWithin the boroughs of London, nestled among its streets, hides another city, filled with magic.
'Magic and love. Love and magic. They destroy everything in the end ...'
Anna's Aunt has always warned her of the dangers of magic. Its twists. Its knots. Its deadly consequences.
Now Anna counts down the days to the ceremony that will bind her magic forever.
Until she meets Effie and Attis.
They open her eyes to a London she never knew existed. A shop that sells memories. A secret library where the librarian feeds off words. A club where revellers lose themselves in a haze of spells.
But as she is swept deeper into this world, Anna begins to wonder if her Aunt was right all along.
Is her magic a gift ... or a curse?
Threadneedle’s cover and tagline are what caught my eye first; add in that it is an adult fantasy debut, and I had to get it. The story told within these pages might be triggering for some readers, so proceed with caution. Anna lives with her Aunt, who is part of a Coven that calls themselves binders, and they choose to bind the younger generations’ magic, and if you are good, you get it back when you become an old binder.
Cari Thomas makes the story unique in the way the magic of the binders is executed. Stitching, potions, plants, the coven, every idea shows the well-thought-out pictures of the author. Threadneedle is listed as an adult title, but the main characters are 18 and just finishing school, so it is not a stretch for young adult book lovers to want to read the book.
The amount of angst portrayed due to bullying and cliques is written perfectly. The story is believable that this group of friends would create a coven to figure out their magic and then use it to get back at those who bullied them.
The interwoven plot about what happened to Anna’s family added depth to the story beyond her teenage woes of not fitting in. It made Anna feel whole and not as dull. I hope to read more of this series.