I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I loved this book so much! There was no way I wasn't going to, especially with a description like this one… Project Runway meets Mulan, it had to be an amazing book. I loved how interesting this world was. It really interested me. And the fact that I could so easily relate to Maia because she was Asian like me, made me like it even more. This story is full of competition, adventure, and some romance sprinkled in there. It was so hard to put this book down! It even kept me up at night a few times, which is hard because I am reading on my phone.
I really loved all the characters in this book, from Maia’s family, to her competitors and to the people of the palace. They were all very well described and I easily connected with them, especially Maia. Edan, the court magician, was one of my favorite characters. His parts were some of my favorite. He had the best personality and made me laugh on so many occasions.
We follow Maia on this crazy adventure. Maia’s father is a very good tailor and owns his own shop. Since getting older, he hasn’t done work like he used to. So Maia has taken over for him and her tailoring is amazing. She dreams of being the Imperial Tailor but knows it could never happen. Only men can become the Imperial Tailor. Maia gets her chance when her father is summoned to the palace to become the tailor. She knows her father can't so she decides to dress up as her brother and go in her father’s place.
What Maia wasn’t expecting was that she would have to compete for the tailor spot with 11 other men who also are amazing tailors. Not only does she have to be the best among these men and beat them in different challenges, but she also has to make sure that no one ever finds out that she is a girl because she could be put to death for it. Along with all that she has on her plate, she has also caught the eye of the court magician who seems to know the truth about her. Maia has so much to deal with while at the palace, but she knows she has to win. For herself and her family.
The mission that she ends up going on is super intense. There were parts that I had to put the book down because I felt like my eyes kept wandering to the next page. There were also parts where I wanted to yell at Maia and throw the book across the room, but thankfully I didn’t since I was on my phone.
This book was a real page-turner and I loved everything about it. I am so excited to get my hands on the next book!! Also, the cover is beautiful, and I’m sure we will get an equally beautiful cover for the next one. I recommend this to everyone and I can’t wait for it to come out so my awesome book club can read it because I know they will love it as much as I did. I was soooo thankful that I got approved for a copy because I honestly didn’t think I would. Go out and get this beauty right now, you won’t be sorry.