Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver

eBook - 2018 | First edition
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"A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale from the bestselling author of Uprooted, called "a very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic" by The New York Times Book Review. 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: 9780399181009
0399181008
9780399180989
0399180982
Characteristics: 1 online resource (466 pages)

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libraryvol
Jul 15, 2019

Loved the twists and turns that the author weaves throughout the entire book. Favorite quote is from page 404, "But the world I wanted wasn't the world I lived in, and if I would do nothing until I could repair every terrible thing at once, I would do nothing forever." What am I willing to risk to make one small repair to my world? Thank you, Rochelle, for recommending this book.

IndyPL_AngieL Jun 27, 2019

“Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik is a story inspired by Rumpelstiltskin, but there are many elements too from Eastern European folklore and magic. The book centers around Miryem, the daughter of an unpopular and unsuccessful “moneylender” who is too kind to press people to pay what they owe to him and his family. When Miryem of necessity takes over her father’s role and people begin paying what they owe, she now becomes the target of the townsmen’s mutterings and anger. Pretty soon Miryem attracts a more sinister element—the Staryk, who are violent and magical forest men/creatures. The Staryk somehow hear of the girl’s boast that she can turn silver into gold, and thus begins her bedevilment. Told in quite a few untitled voices, the book can be somewhat confusing at first. Other than that, I was completely immersed in the story!

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Bookchick17
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.

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nidofito
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

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.

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sat7
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.

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kwsmith
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.

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meanjulio
Mar 10, 2019

What a treat.

Novik is so good at introducing interesting characters, and then seamlessly weaving their stories together in such an engaging twisty tail, I read the whole 450+ page book in two days. So many different narrators, smart women, hard-working siblings, semi-enchanted duchesses, and kings of both fire and winter to deal with. I only wish she hadn't wrapped everything up so neatly at the end, as I would have loved for this to become a series.

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