Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver

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"Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued. Channeling the heart of the classic fairy tale, Novik deftly interweaves six distinct narrative voices--each learning valuable lessons about sacrifice, power and love--into a rich, multilayered fantasy that readers will want to return to again and again"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2018
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780399180989
Branch Call Number: FICTION Nov
Description: 466 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 20, 2019

I loved this book almost as much as I loved Uprooted, very good storyline, more characters, lots of magic and two strong young women as protagonists. It also has a twist ending that I was expecting, this book keeps yo guessing just when I thought I had it figured out something changed my entire theory about the end. I highly suggest this book as well as Uprooted.

Jun 19, 2019

A little long and meandering at times to give it the all 5-star rating. But this is such an amazing book of not one, not two, but three amazing and empowering heroines using their heads to make the best of their situations.

The winter fairy setting in contrast with the bustling Russian town, and the luxuries of royalty against the poverty of some of the citizens had a great impact on making this loose retelling of Rumplestilskin a lush reading

Jun 03, 2019

stopped at Chapter 15

A very good book, complex characters, and interesting plot. I am still confused with some of it, but regardless I really like this book. (Even though I felt like I wanted to tear out my hair sometimes when certain characters were driving me crazy.) The creative reading process was awesome, and the characters were so well-made that I felt genuinely invested in their lives.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the genre of high fantasy or fairytale retellings.

(RANT: I was a little irked by how main POVs there were though (Seven, if I remember right), and they constantly changed with no real pattern.)

HerrickDL_Hannah Apr 10, 2019

Intensifying, atmospheric, character-driven, menacing, moving, with complex, courageous heroines. Changing silver to gold, finding strength where the world expects weakness, making impossible, adult choices when life throws you to the wolves (or faerie ice monsters). I love love love how Novik lit a smoldering fire and gradually stoked it when it came to the antagonists.

Apr 10, 2019

Interesting Read. The setting extreme and characters well, almost super beings. -

CedarMill_StaffPicks Apr 08, 2019

The book features young adult characters (strong young women, in fact), but it is enjoyable by adults and is thus catalogued as such. What I enjoyed about this title is the story was very imaginative and original, and yet it brought back themes from the Book of Esther (Bible), Rumpelstiltskin, and the White Witch in "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." Captivating story. I loved the way the two protagonists captured their princes' hearts with their intelligence, not their beauty.

Mar 29, 2019

Loosely based on the classic Rumpelstiltskin fairly tale, this charming modern fantasy novel tells the story of three unique heroines who work together to out-smart the creepy fairies. Overall, this book is much better than Novik's previous *Uprooted* book but I still found the story dragged along too slowly towards the end.

Feb 05, 2019

I attempted to read Naomi Novak's Dragon series over 10 years ago, and I lost interest about halfway through the first book. There's been a lot of hype surrounding her two newest books, Uprooted and this one, Spinning Silver. I'm a huge fan of fairy tale retellings and reimaginings, and I knew this was loosely based on Rumplestiltskin, so I decided to give Novak another try. This book was fantastic, and had almost everything I could have asked for. Spinning Silver takes place somewhere in an alternate past of Eastern Europe in winter. It's atmospheric, it's character driven, and it brings in the magical elements slowly, as if easing you into it. It (mostly) follows three resilient, clever, and strong young women just trying to survive and provide for their families. Miryem is a money-lender's daughter who brags she can turn silver into gold, and is whisked away and married to the magical king of Winter. Irina happens upon some of the King's silver and finds herself married to the Tsar who is hiding a demon in his belly. Wanda works for Miryem, and finds herself embroiled in both of the other girls stories as the eventually wind themselves together. There are store-rooms of silver that need changing to gold, magic mirrors, castles where the staircases change, and clever bargains struck. There is also zero romance to be found here, but plenty of familial love, friendship, respect, trust, and even faith, as the Jewish religion plays a small part in the story. The text is rich with descriptions of Miryem and Irina's world and their circumstances, and their husbands are equally as well pictured. The story is mostly character driven, and the three women are constantly pulling the plot forward. I had a lot of trouble putting this book down.
There are a few things that might trip you up while reading the story, but they didn't detract enough for me to lessen my rating. The point of view changes frequently, and with little to no warning. There are no title indicators letting the reader know who is speaking, and it takes you almost a paragraph in to decipher who we're reading and what's going on. There are also too many points of view, and at least two (Stepon and Magreta) that could have been dropped and not taken away anything from the story. I really wanted to follow Miryem and Irina, and found myself disappointed when I had to read from someone else's perspective. I would also have liked some epilogues, especially from the two main ladies.
As it stands, I was completely sucked into the world that Novak wove, and fell in love with all of the characters she so deftly created. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good fairy-tale retelling, or a heavily atmospheric character-driven fantasy novel.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 27, 2019

This is a "retelling" of Rumpelstiltskin that bears only a passing resemblance to the original fairy tale -- but, since that's never been a particular favorite of mine, that is not an insult. I really, really liked this -- I think Naomi Novik writes such smart, thoughtful, feminist fantasy, and her worlds feel so fully realized and imaginative and both familiar and entirely new. This was one of my favorite reads of last year, and I can't wait to see what she writes next.

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