Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver

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 f...

Details Spinning Silver

TitleSpinning Silver
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherDel Rey
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Retellings, Young Adult, Fairy Tales, Magic, Adult, Audiobook, Romance, Science Fiction Fantasy

Reviews Spinning Silver

  • chai ♡
    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 muchthe 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 garden u...
  • 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 Ive 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 Id say its more of an empowering tale of three girls, all on three d...
  • Sean Barrs
    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!Im 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. Its just want happens when youre and English student. You consider the characters, the themes and everything ...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    4.5 starsIm. Just. SO. Happy.This is completely different from UPROOTED. Kind of. Its still a fairytale-like story, but its wholly unrelated to the Dragon and Agnieszka. There are no awesome tree people. Theres 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 expectation...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    All the stars!! My favorite fantasy of the year! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature: Its 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.In medieval Lithvas (according to Novik, a fantasy version of Lithuania with a little Russia and Poland blended in), Mirye...
  • 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 ...
  • Helena of Eretz ✰
    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! Im so glad that we decided to read this together!
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    Ive had Naomi Noviks 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 copyand now, it made me wonder how I ever lived without the incredible worlds of magic and fantasy she crafts. I wasnt sorry they didnt like me, I wasnt sorry I had been hard to them. I was glad, f...
  • 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! 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!
  • Angelica
    Ok, so Im officially impressed?I was feeling a bit wary about picking this book up when I first heard about it. I head read Naomi Noviks 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 wasnt 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 have to ...
  • 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...
  • jessica
    the only thing that has been spun is my never ending boredom. while the silver strands were loosely woven in the beginning and partially spooled by a few enchantingly charming chapters, my attention eventually tangled and frayed away. as with uprooted, this unraveling of enjoyment is most likely my fault and not the storys. because again, this is actually quite a beautiful fantasy concept and a remarkably unique retelling of a classic story. but ...
  • Vibur
    Novik has the golden touchthere is richness of writing, richness of setting and richness of characterisation.Spinning Silver was vividly evocativean 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 Irinaall of whom, despite the burde...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/07/10/...I know Im in the minority here, but I didnt love this book. Oh, I enjoyed it well enough, because its Naomi Novik and her prose is always excellent, and Spinning Silver was beautifully written. However, Ive 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 started writ...
  • 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 heart does...
  • 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
  • Natalie Monroe
    4.25 stars The real story isnt half as pretty as the one youve heard. Do you know how long Ive waited for a Rumpelstiltskin retelling? It is the one fairy tale where the villain doesnt deserve his comeuppance. He made a bargain with the millers daughter and she weaseled out of it. We dont 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. He could have fed fine...
  • Nenia ❤️️ I hate everything you love ❤️️ 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,"...
  • Lola
    This is a whole different beast from most fairytale retellings I read. Different even from the authors previously released magnificent taleUprooted. 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 foremostit is a story of survival. It is very feminist with three central female protagonists who experience, learn and grow. The writing is in no ...
  • 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!
  • 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 ...
  • Kevin Kuhn
    Naomi Novik published this book in 2018 and it won the 2019 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. It was also nominated for 2019 Hugo Award for Best Novel. To me it is three things; a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, a mythic fable exploring mankinds battle with winter, and the story of the powerless finding hope, strength and ultimately the power to overcome evil and subjugation. It is the third aspect that gave me the most enjoyment. Im somehow fasc...
  • 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...