Fractured Fables: Containing A Spindle Splintered and A Mirror Mended (Paperback)

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Fractured Fables: Containing A Spindle Splintered and A Mirror Mended (Paperback)

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This is book number 3 in the Fractured Fables series.

Staff Reviews


Two novellas combined into one volume. This story is amazing… Multi-verse fairy tales, the nature of stories and identity, gorgeous illustrations and quipy banter!! Oh and also gay!!

- Jennifer

— From Mountain View

“Implacable destiny is no match for courage, sisterhood, stubbornness, and a good working knowledge of fairy tales.” —Katherine Arden, bestselling author of the Winternight trilogy, on A Spindle Splintered

Follow professional fairy tale fixer, Zinnia Gray, as she helps women get the endings they deserve! First, Sleeping Beauty in A Spindle Splintered, featuring Arthur Rackham's original illustrations for The Sleeping Beauty, fractured and reimagined. And then, Snow White's Evil Queen in A Mirror Mended!

In A Spindle Splintered, it's Zinnia Gray's twenty-first birthday. When she was young, an industrial accident left her with a rare condition and no one who has it has lived to twenty-two.

Her best friend is intent on making Zin's last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, she finds herself cast into another world, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate.

Then, in A Mirror Mended, Zinnia discovers there’s more than one person trapped in a story they didn’t choose. Snow White's Evil Queen has found out how her story ends and she's desperate for a rewrite. Will Zinnia accept the queen's poisonous request for a rewrite and save them both from the hot iron shoes that wait for them? Or will she try another path?

Alix E. Harrow is the Hugo Award winning author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January, The Once and Future Witches, and various short fiction. Her Fractured Fables series, beginning with the novella A Spindle Splintered, has been praised for its refreshing twist on familiar fairy tales. A former academic and adjunct, Harrow lives in Virginia with her husband and their two semi-feral kids.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250905758
ISBN-10: 1250905753
Publisher: Tordotcom
Publication Date: February 13th, 2024
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Fractured Fables

Praise for Alix E. Harrow's Fractured Fables

A Spindle Splintered shortlisted for the Hugo, Locus, and British Fantasy Awards!

A Mirror Mended is a Hugo and Locus Award Finalist and a finalist for the SIBA Southern Book Prize!

“A vivid, subversive, and feminist reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, where implacable destiny is no match for courage, sisterhood, stubbornness, and a good working knowledge of fairy tales.” —Katherine Arden, bestselling author of the Winternight trilogy, on A Spindle Splintered

“An exceptional heroine, smart writing, and a winning plot.” —Nancy Pearl, on A Spindle Splintered

“A lively, engaging fairy-tale retelling perfect for devouring in a single sitting.” —Kirkus Reviews, on A Mirror Mended

“It's funny, sharp, queer, and deeply loves its source material...This novella pushes against the hopelessness of inevitability; it dares us to believe in sympathetic magic; it tells us we're connected through story. It might dent your heart a little, but it's good fun.” —NPR, on A Spindle Splintered

“Like Into the Spider-Verse for Disney princesses, A Spindle Splintered is a delightful mash-up featuring Alix E. Harrow’s trademark beautiful prose and whip-smart characters.” —Mike Chen, author of Here and Now and Then

“A wonderfully imaginative, and Queer as hell, tale for those who wish to be the authors of their own stories.” —Kalynn Bayron, author of Cinderella is Dead, on A Spindle Splintered