Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Genre: Fantasy | Retelling | Adult
Length: 466 pages
Published on 12th July 2018 by Macmillan
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
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Purchased for myself from Waterstones
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 brings it back full of gold.But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.
Where do you even start with reviews for a book you loved so much?
If you know the answer to this please tell me beause this is one of the reasons you wont always see reviews of the books I adore.
Naomi Noviks writing style is fantastic. She had me hooked from page one, just like with Uprooted.
I wanted to know more about each of the characters. I wanted to understand their lives, their choices. I wanted to see the story through to the end with them and for each of them to have a happy ending they deserved.
Miryem and Wanda’s point of views were my favourites which is lucky because they were two of the three main characters.
We did also get to read p.o.v from a few other characters – I really enjoyed Steppon’s because she got an uneducated childs voice down so perfectly. He was so innocent and curious.
Talking about multiple point of views actually leads me to my only complaint of the book!
There was an indication that a point of view change was taking place but never who to and this often left me confused for a sentence or two until I had decoded who was speaking.
Not too bad for our regulars but when someone new had a p.o.v? Oh wow that threw me.
I think this could’ve easilly been avoided in the design of the book but ‘eh I’ll live.
Miryem is the jewish daughter of a money lender who is so bad at his job that they often go starving and cold. She decides she has had enough and takes it upon herself to sort their lives out and changes silver to gold.
Wanda the daughter of one of the families who owe money to Miryem but they’re so much poorer that she is hired to help Miryems mother around the house to help pay off their debt.
It would be incredibly rude of me to not acknowledge Irina too. She really grows into her role of Tsarina, she plots and plans to take down two evils in her life.
They all come from nothing or very little and by the end learn a lot of the world and with help from each other get to somewhere they’re happier and more content with.
This isn’t to say that they dont go through some terrible experiences because they really do.
Some of them being The Staryk King and a fire demon.
The Staryk King is on a path of destruction for humans, of wealth for his Staryk kingdom. And its the never ending Winter he’s creating that causes a lot of tension between the rich and poor.
The fire demon wants nothing more than to eat everyone he wants too. Nothing can stop him. Or can it?
They’re part of the reason the girls have to be brave and cunning.
The multiple narratives and exploring the Staryk kingdom were really something else. They made this book for me. Getting to see this story unfold from many perspectives really helped to understand how much their town (?) needed these girls to step up and be the best and smartest versions of themselves that they can be.
I almost wish the book spent more time with the Staryk’s because their nature and culture were really interesting to learn about.
Is this review and my thoughts all over the place? Yes possibly.
Am I thoroughly in love with Novik’s work and recommend this to everyone? Also yes.
I do think I preferred Uprooted out of the two… But hey Novik remains a must buy for me!