Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she br...

Details Spinning Silver

TitleSpinning Silver
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherDel Rey
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Retellings, Young Adult, Fairy Tales

Reviews Spinning Silver

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    I'm officially giving up personhood to become the ghost of a tormented poet in love with melancholy who sits on patches of moss in the moors and recites bad poetry about how amazing this book is!I love this book so much—the kind of love that is peculiar to inhabiting the perspective of young women with agency and the relationships they form when relying on each other. I feel like I should have experienced this novel in some beautiful rose garde...
  • Emily May
    Because that's what the story is really about: getting out of paying your debts. There is just something about Novik's fairy tales. Something magical, atmospheric and utterly charming. I didn't like Spinning Silver quite as much as my beloved Uprooted - and I'll explain why a bit later - but it still kept me captivated from start to finish.Spinning Silver is a loose retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I say "loose" because you will recognise certain el...
  • Patrick
    One of the best books I've read all year. Maybe THE best.Good language. Excellent take on traditional faerie tale tropes. Brilliant storytelling. Amazing characterization.There's nothing not to like here, honestly. And I'm going to be buying several copies as Christmas gifts for sure.
  • Melanie
    ARC provided by Dey Rey in exchange for an honest review. “Bring me the winter king, and I will make you a summer queen.” Spinning Silver is one of the best books I’ve read all year. I loved this story with every fiber of my being. And Naomi Novik is a master at storytelling and interweaving stories together. You all know that this is a very loose reimaging of Rumpelstiltskin but I’d say it’s more of an empowering tale of three girls,...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    This novel is pure escapism; it is enchanting, mystical and, most importantly, it's a fantastic piece of writing. I loved it. Go read it!I’m a critic but I found nothing to critique here. And for me that says a lot. I often find it hard just to sit back and enjoy a story without pulling it apart and dissecting all the elements of the book. It’s just want happens when you’re and English student. You consider the characters, the themes and ev...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    4.5 starsI’m. Just. SO. Happy.This is completely different from UPROOTED. Kind of. It’s still a fairytale-like story, but it’s wholly unrelated to the Dragon and Agnieszka. There are no awesome tree people. There’s no wooden Kasia or royal orphans or upstart wizards. There are awesome some-other-kind-of-people who may or may not be wintery in origin. And a not-so-awesome demon. And not one, not two, but THREE new heroines, all hampered by...
  • Helena of Sparta ✰
    “I am not your subject or your servant, and if you want a cowering mouse for a wife, go find someone else who can turn silver to gold for you.” This was a buddy read with my elvish friend, Maica! I’m so glad that we decided to read this together!
  • Anne
    Ok. This is a retelling of Rumplestiltskin...but not. What I mean is, Novik really took the idea of spinning straw to gold and the importance of a name, and just made that shit her own new story.*tips hat*So, in this fairytale Eastern Europeanish setting, there's this spunky little Jewish girl named Miryem that kicks ass and takes names. She ends up with not only all the normal problems an ambitious female minority would have, but also the extra ...
  • Hamad
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book PrescriptionUpdate: After finishing Uprooted, I know that Naomi's style is just not for me!!DNF @25%I was so excited for this book because I wanted to read a book by Naomi for so long now. Uprooted is one of the oldest books in my TBR. I didn't know the tale of Rumpelstiltskin so I read it before this out in preparation for this. Then I saw that this was a big book and I didn't kno...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    All the stars!! Seriously, go read this book right now! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:It’s not often that I end a novel in awe of characters, the world-building, and the depth and complexity of the themes, while still being absolutely delighted with the storytelling. In Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik does all that and more. It’s my favorite fantasy novel of 2018 so far, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it’s still in that to...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Novik introduces three daring female protagonists in this clever re-imagining of Rumpelstiltskin. Here is a realm of magic and mysticism, of cruelty and heartbreak, fringed with glittering ice and populated with creatures carved from the wildest corners of the imagination. The initial chapters titillate with high stakes, compelling characters, and enchanting descriptions of warm food and a forest cloaked in snow, but the narrative is soon bogged ...
  • Julie
    Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik is a 2018 Del Rey publication. I need more stories like this one in my life! I rarely grab a fantasy novel, although, I am often tempted by them. I respect the genre immensely because of the thoughtfulness and work required for world building and the huge imaginations of fantasy writers. However, no matter how badly I might want to dive into a high fantasy, I always manage to talk myself out of it. My first excuse ...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    No one freak out, but I just thoroughly enjoyed a fantasy book 😍 this was so immersive and well written and I liked it a heckin’ ton!
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    If you haven't read Spinning Silver, I want to bump this for a moment now that it's winter in the northern hemi to say it is a PERFECT wintry read! Super atmospheric. ❄I’ve had Naomi Novik’s work on my reading list for a long time, but this was my first time picking up anything by her. I loved the Rumpelstiltskin story as a child, so when I heard that she was writing a retelling of it, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy—and now, it ma...
  • Vibur (Partial Hiatus)
    Novik has the golden touch—there is richness of writing, richness of setting and richness of characterisation.Spinning Silver was vividly evocative—an artful rendering of snow swirling ghostlike against slate-smeared skies, of crimson flames licking hungrily at the winter air. There was something about the storytelling which was so irresistibly beguiling, thawing my cynical adult heart. I adored Miryem, Wanda and Irina—all of whom, despite ...
  • Lucy Langford
    4.5****“So the fairy silver brought you a monster of fire for a husband, and me a monster of ice. We should put them in a room together and let them make us both widows.”While the blurb focuses on the plot of two women, I would go further to say that this book focused on three women whose stories and lives interlace. Miryem is tough and clever (and my favourite), the daughter of a moneylender but lives in poverty as her father's too-kind hear...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    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. Spinning Silver is a masterful tapestry of interwoven stories. Containing some of the best lady protagonists of recent fantasy literature, a fantastic narrative around cultural Jewishness, and such diverse fairy tales inspirations as Rumplestiltskin, Hansel & Gretel, A Thousand And One Arabi...
  • Riley
    I feel like every month so far I have read a book and said it was my favorite book of the year. But y'all. This is my favorite book of the year
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/07/10/...I know I’m in the minority here, but I didn’t love this book. Oh, I enjoyed it well enough, because it’s Naomi Novik and her prose is always excellent, and Spinning Silver was beautifully written. However, I’ve also had enough experience with work (especially with the Temeraire series) to know her books can be very hit or miss. Believe me, I was thrilled when she ...
  • Natalie Monroe
    4.25 stars “The real story isn’t half as pretty as the one you’ve heard.” Do you know how long I’ve waited for a Rumpelstiltskin retelling? It is the one fairy tale where the villain doesn’t deserve his comeuppance. He made a bargain with the miller’s daughter and she weaseled out of it. We don’t know for certain what he was going to do with that kid! Sure, he was dancing in front of a cauldron, but that evidence is circumstantial...
  • Samantha
    I have a great many conflicting thoughts on this. Review to come on my channel and there will be much to discuss at the BookNet Fest Book Club panel for this book this year!
  • Nenia ⭐ Literary Garbage Can ⭐ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestI loved SPINNING SILVER. And it's funny, because I only felt lukewarm about her previous book, UPROOTED. Don't get me wrong - UPROOTED wasn't a bad book, and I still occasionally have nightmares about heart-trees, but it didn't wow me the way I expected it to based on all the preliminary reviews, either.SPINNING SILVER reads like Naomi Novik saw my review for UPROOTED, said to herself, "Aha,"...
  • Natasha Polis
    Wished it to be more romantic since it is an adult fantasy novel. Had to get the audiobook to finish it, but still very enjoyable as Naomi really knows how to create a sinister fairytale esque world. The main character is Jewish and her religion and customs is brought up many times which is something I greatly appreciated as it shows how your heritage and morals drives a person. Very smart and beautiful story, just wished for more elaboration on ...
  • Angelica
    Ok, so I’m officially impressed?I was feeling a bit wary about picking this book up when I first heard about it. I head read Naomi Novik’s other book, Uprooted, a book that had was nominated for both the Nebula and Hugo awards for best fantasy, and even won the Nebula. And you know what? I hated it.So, as you can imagine, I wasn’t too sure about this one. Then on a whim, I got it as my Book of the Month, and I decided to read it. Now, all I...
  • Lola
    This is a whole different beast from most fairytale retellings I read. Different even from the author’s previously released magnificent tale—Uprooted. Uprooted, from what I recall, was thoroughly enchanting and exquisitely written. Spinning Silver is not quite like that. It is not a love story first and foremost—it is a story of survival. It is very feminist with three central female protagonists who experience, learn and grow. The writing ...
  • Bradley
    A lot of these retellings of old myths and fairy tales are hit or miss with me, but I come to you today to tell you that this was not a miss. :) Indeed, nothing was amiss.The combination of several different old fairy tales and the new-norm for Russian-style fantasy hit all the right buttons for me. There was nothing simple about this tale even though we learn, slowly, that the world is not all about hard poverty and abuse and little towns and ha...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Uprooted was one of my favorite reads of 2016, so I was beyond thrilled that Naomi Novik was again going to give us a new fairytale. Spinning Silver has some roots in Rumpelstiltskin but don’t think that means you know how this story is going to go because even though you might see a resemblance this is a brand new fairytale. “A power claimed and challenged and thrice carried out is true” The world for this has foundations from the Jewish...
  • Monica
    I adored this book so much! The writing is absolutely stunning. The girl power is next level. The atmosphere is positively perfection.
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    4.5 Shiny silversThis retelling based of Rumpelstiltskin is a fantasy fairy tale of epic proportions without the loss of whimsical folklore.In a small village in the country of Lithvas lives a Jewish money-lender and his family. They aren’t doing so well. Other families in the town have taken advantage of them and are not repaying their debts. Miryem, the money lenders daughter has enough of it. She decides to go on knocking on peoples doors in...