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Spinning Silver

By Naomi Novik
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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “One of the year’s strongest fantasy novels” (NPR), an imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale from the bestselling author of Uprooted.


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. She will face an impossible challenge and, along with two unlikely allies, uncover a secret that threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike.

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, NPR, Time, Tordotcom, Popsugar, Vox, Vulture, Paste, Bustle, Library Journal

“A perfect tale . . . A big and meaty novel, rich in both ideas and people, with the vastness of Tolkien and the empathy and joy in daily life of Le Guin.”The New York Times Book Review

“Gorgeous, complex, and magical . . . This is the kind of book that one might wish to inhabit forever.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Cool and clever and . . . dire and wonderful.”—Laini Taylor, author of Strange the Dreamer

“The Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale has never been as captivating. . . . Spinning Silver further cements [Novik’s] place as one of the genre greats.”Paste

268 Reviews

Thinking Face“I liked this book, especially when Wanda, Stepon, and themes of family and class took center stage. I understand the appeal of fantasy but I thought the book thrived when connecting to the reality of Jewish oppression, indentured servitude, and seasonal beauty and I think a more moving story could have been created without demons and ice folks. Novik writes vividly but the middle sagged. That said, this book is a wonderful example of the beauty created when young female characters are centered.”
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I don’t normally read fantasy books but this was such a great read!!! Thank you Elle!!! I thought the world was so cool and fascinating!!! The only thing that I struggled with was I sometimes felt it was slow (especially from like chapter 5-12) but once chapter 13 hit I was completely hooked again.”
Multi-layered charactersOriginal writingTwistyCreative setting
Slightly Smiling Face“While I had some misgivings about the world-building halfway through, Noviks voice and the unusual style of narration in this book kept me engaged all the way to the end. I really enjoyed reading this and I’m going to start reading Uprooted next!”
Likable charactersEasy to readAddictive
Slightly Smiling Face“I thought this book was a beautiful example of storytelling. All the strands gathered together in a beautifully weaved tale that truly felt like a fairytale. Unfortunately it was very put downable for me, and whilst enjoying it was not driven to read more. Perhaps if I’d read it at a different time I may have rated it higher.”
Characters change and growColorful personalitiesDiverse charactersBeautifully writtenOriginal writingBeautiful settingDescriptiveHopefulDidn't grab my attentionSlow plot
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“4.75/5 Loved this book! Faeries and winter vibes what could be better. The only thing that puts this at 4.75 instead of a 5 star read for me is the narrative voice for Wanda and Stepon’s perspectives which I did find a little annoying - repetitive, overly emphasising the childlike qualities of their thinking - especially towards the end of the book after they all go to Panov Moshel’s house in Vysnia.”
Characters change and growLikable charactersEasy to readSuspensefulEnchantingImmersive settingMagical setting

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