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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.NEBULA AND HUGO AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST FANTASY BOOKS OF THE DECADE • ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Public Library 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
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"One of Naomi Novik's best works, undoubtedly. Everything about this book is mesmerizing. The characters, Slavic folklore, Jewish and Eastern European cultures, fae, politics... Usually I'm not a fan of multiple POV, but this was done with such skill I couldn't help but love it. The only thing I wanted more of this book is the story of Irina and Mirnatius, what happened to them afterwards. This was an absolutely fantastic book! "
"A great fairytale read! I liked Uprooted a bit better even though the two books have the same beautiful writing style. There are several different points of view to keep track of and things get a bit slow in the middle, but it picked up again near the end. Also if you’re expecting a substantial love story this is not the book for that, there are about 3 pages with any romance lol. "
"A Rumpelstiltskin retelling...yes please.<br/><br/>This author has a very unique writing style. Very easy to read except for the multiple perspectives that are slowly added on it time. Which don't get me wrong I liked but often you didn't know who's story you was in for a paragraph or two trying to play a game of elimination. Then I would have to read them over slowing the momentum of the plot.The different perspectives was surprising though and Naomi Novik has a cunning way of bringing all the pieces together.<br/><br/>Nothing happened like I thought it would which was great because you can never guess what's coming but also not great because I was shipping characters something fierce and not much happened in that department. I'm not usually all about the romance but this book deserved more than it got. Honestly would have gave this 5 out of 5 stars.<br/><br/>That brings me to my next topic the Staryk's. They are very dark and mysterious throughout the story which made me not want to put it down. But so little is said or known about them. I was definitely disappointed in this fact. Even less is gleamed about the Staryk king. He was clever and prideful he reminded me a lot of Meoraq from The Last Hour of Gann. I just wish I could have learned more about him. Even though he was a huge center piece of the story you only got glimpses most of the time.<br/><br/>The characters throughout were solid. Miryem is an intriguing and endearing. Oh and smart with that money honey. Wanda reminds me of Brienne from Game of Thrones. Tall and tough. Miryem and Irina together are two very clever girls. I really enjoyed their meetings and laughed at the shared misery.<br/><br/>I was kind of baffled halfway through the book when descriptions were given for people I knew at the beginning. It was just something I think should have been mentioned as soon as I had read about them instead of the 50% marker. There was very nice world building but like the characters some of it was toward the end too when you have already seen the place.<br/><br/>The magic was wonderful and this story was very atmospheric. This would have been a great book to read last winter. And if you like this story I would definitely recommend House of Salt and Sorrows. It had the same air about it. <br/><br/>Last but not least those ending words of the book. Oh my gosh I love it when they give you chills or make you grin in outrage of it's cleverness."
"Listened to the audiobook while skiing through a forest under a full moon. A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️book and experience I wish I could have again."
"I loved this fantasy fairy tale story!"