Crewel, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Enter the world of Crewel: a world of secrets and intrigue.

Where a girl with talent will thrive...or be destroyed.

Incapable. Awkward. Artless. That's what the other girls whisper behind her back.

But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret - she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time and matter, Adelice is exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want.

It means privilege, power and beauty, the ability to embroider the very fabric of life. It also means entering a world secrets and lethal intrigue.

But unlike the others, Adelice isn't interested in controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have and will do anything to hide her talent from the Guild.

But when she slips up during her final test, her gift is identified.

Now she has one hour to eat her mum's overcooked dinner.

One hour to listen to her sister's school gossip and laugh at her dad's stupid jokes.

One hour to pretend everything is OK. And one hour to escape. Because once you become a Spinster, there's no turning back...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780571282890



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There were times when I found this didn't flow like it probably should but overall this is an interesting story about a world where control is absolute and where society works along very straight lines. Adelice is coming to the age where she'll be assessed for her ability to weave, a job thats important in the world, however she has been subtly encouraged by her parents to try to avoid this fate (why is never really made clear) and when she does go, it costs her family a lot.When she ends up in the Guild she finds that all is not easy and that the manipulations that are imposed on society are far-reaching and that if she's not careful she won't survive.It's an interesting story, cool concept and I'm now curious to see what happens to our heroes.

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