This debut young adult novel begins with a prologue in which three figures in black cloaks—the Norn—are introduced. Some called them by another name: the Fates, the three sisters who eternally spin and weave and cut the threads of human life. Then the real story begins: Tessa and her father purchase four—wait, there are five boxes of old books—at an auction. Within the fifth box is a tapestry with a unicorn, blood dripping from its cheek, against a dark background populated with creatures. The unicorn glares at Tessa and makes her dizzy. Fascinated with the tapestry she keeps it in her bedroom. Then the tapestry triggers flashbacks to a hunt in which she was a participant.
When Tessa accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, a young man, a knight from the 16th century, is released along with a boat load of trouble involving a secret world within the tapestry created by a rogue weaver witch. The three fates want the thread back—the knight’s life—along with six other threads of which Tessa knows nothing. They promise to take from her what is most dear unless she produces the seven threads.
The story involves time-travel, fantasy, and a big helping of romance with the knight—his rippling muscles and broad chest. Tessa’s sarcastic teen humor is engaging and the story is imaginative and interesting.
—Kari Baumbach, children’s literature enthusiast
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