Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale from the bestselling author of Uprooted, which was hailed as "a very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic" by The New York Times Book Review .

With the Nebula Award-winning Uprooted, Naomi Novik opened a brilliant new chapter in an already acclaimed career, delving into the magic of fairy tales to craft a love story that was both timeless and utterly of the now. Spinning Silver draws readers deeper into this glittering realm of fantasy, where the boundary between wonder and terror is thinner than a breath, and safety can be stolen as quickly as a kiss.

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold.

When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk--grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh--Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. Set an impossible challenge by the nameless king, Miryem unwittingly spins a web that draws in a peasant girl, Wanda, and the unhappy daughter of a local lord who plots to wed his child to the dashing young tsar.

But Tsar Mirnatius is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and her two unlikely allies embark on a desperate quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power, and love.

Channeling the vibrant heart of myth and fairy tale, Spinning Silver weaves a multilayered, magical tapestry that readers will want to return to again and again.

Praise for Spinning Silver

"A book as cool and mysterious as a winter's night, with two marvelous heroines at its heart. Spinning Silver pits the cold of endless winter against the fires of duty, love, and sacrifice. I couldn't put it down." --Katherine Arden, New York Times bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale

"Naomi Novik knows how to weave words into magic, and Spinning Silver enchants the reader from the first page. This magnificent tale of three courageous young women who find the power to change their fates will catch you in its spell and linger long after the last chapter is read." --Christina Henry, nationally bestselling author of The Mermaid
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, ©2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399180989
Characteristics: 466 pages ; 22 cm


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Liesel_C Apr 03, 2019

An imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy-tale. "Spinning Silver" is the story of Miryem, , born into a family of moneylenders, whose father has loaned out more than he collected and left the family on the edge of poverty. Miryem sets out to collect what is owed and soon dis... Read More »

Tenacious and shrewd Miryem, a moneylender’s daughter, draws the attention of the terrifying Staryk clan and their gold-loving king. A fantastical retelling of the classic Rumpelstiltskin tale, with a taste of Eastern European traditions and folklore.

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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!

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.

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