Book Review: Threadneedle by Cari Thomas

Within the boroughs of London, nestled among its streets, hides another city, filled with magic.

Magic is the first sin. It must be bound.


Ever since Anna can remember, her aunt has warned her of the dangers of magic. She has taught her to fear how it twists and knots and turns into something dark and deadly.

It was, after all, magic that killed her parents and left her in her aunt’s care. It’s why she has been protected from the magical world and, in one year’s time, what little magic she has will be bound. She will join her aunt alongside the other Binders who believe magic is a sin not to be used, but denied. Only one more year and she will be free of the curse of magic, her aunt’s teachings and the disappointment of the little she is capable of.

Nothing – and no one – could change her mind before then. Could it? 

This book was such a detailed and engaging read. The story grew deeper the longer it went on for, with more and more details revealed and questions raising their heads. The characters were richly developed and felt very real.

Anna was a likeable lead character who was both strong and capable and yet strangely vulnerable, making you want to look after her all at the same time. I really felt for her, living in a cold loveless house. Her aunt Vivienne was a character it was easy to hate on the surface but also someone who I was able to feel incredibly sad for as her own life and experiences had clearly shaped her into the cold and difficult person that she was.

Effie and Attis absolutely blew through Anna’s life like a breath of fresh air and it was well – magical – to watch Anna start to develop as her own person.

The mysteries throughout the book slowly revealed more and more of themselves, winding themselves ever more tightly around our protagonists. I loved the magic systems at play here, they were so well thought through, I loved that there were clearly rules but that every magic user could find their own ‘language’ to practice through.

I very much enjoyed this one and am looking forward to seeing more in book two.

Threadneedle is available now.

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