Spinning Silver

Spinning Silver

by Naomi Novik

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ISBN-13: 9780399180989
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/10/2018
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 6,311
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Naomi Novik received the 2007 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the World Science Fiction Convention. In 2016 she won the Nebula Award for Best Novel for Uprooted. She is also the author of the nine volumes of the Temeraire series and the graphic novel Will Supervillains Be on the Final? An avid reader of fantasy literature, Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O’Brian and Jane Austen. She lives in New York City with her family and six computers.

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Spinning Silver 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walk written, layered with multiple perspectives. Exceeded expectations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An engaging, complex story that starts as a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin and then just runs all over the place with it. There are recognizable elements of other fairy tales throughout, and heroines who fight tooth and nail for their happy endings, and a focus on Jewish culture that's refreshing in an otherwise common medieval setting. All of this and nearly 400 pages long mean days of good reading ahead of you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome from beginning to end. I loved how I could relate to everyone character in the book. I do hope there will be more books like this in the future
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very satisfying and vivid fairy tale. This is why novik is my favorite author
Anonymous 5 months ago
I've read many reworkings of old fairy tales, but this? This one is so creative, beautifully written, humane, and full of hope. Highly recommended.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Fantastic and majestically wonderful.
thereadingchick 6 months ago
I love a fairy tale re-telling when I don’t remember the exact details of that fairy tale. It helps me get lost in the story instead of making comparisons to the original. Spinning Silver was a new take on the story Rumplestiltskin and about all I could remember from that story was that there was a girl that spun straw into gold and got her some unwanted attention. Our heroine Miryem has a talent for turning things into gold but it’s not by spinning straw. She is the daughter of a family of moneylenders, and while her father is horrible at collecting those dollars owed, Miryem excels at remaining cold to their customers excuses and keeps her hand out until it is filled. While walking home through the forest one day, she makes an off hard remark about being able to turn anything into gold and the Staryk overhear. The Staryk are a race of (for lack of a better term) ice people. They live in winter 24/7 and are the boogeymen of Miryem’s world. When she catches their attention she does what she does best. She gets them results and gets some unwanted attention in return. Miryem is not the only main character of this book. It’s actually told through multiple POV’s and I’ll admit that that got a little confusing. Especially when a new POV was introduced and you spent a few paragraphs reading to try to figure out whose eyes you were seeing through this time. Each character had their own plot that spun and twisted together to combine into a satisfying conclusion to all of their storylines. I’ll admit to liking Miryem’s story the best, but maybe that’s because her POV was easy to spot. The pace of this story helped the overall feeling that you were reading a fairy tale and the writing was well done. However, there was a lack of warmth for these characters. I so wanted to like them but something seemed to be missing. They were all so determined in their lives, but nothing seemed to make them very happy. Overall, even though there was a happy ending, I felt kind of unhappy about it all. That’s not to say that I didn’t appreciate the writing, the story had twists and turns that I didn’t expect and I certainly appreciated the craftsmanship of the author, but for me it lacked heart. I have read nothing but great reviews for this novel, but because of that lack of warmth I could only give it a 3.5 rating. Sorry Naomi! However, as with all books reading is subjective and all of you may LOVE this book. Even though I am always right (not really), if you are interested in reading this book, please do! I would love to hear what you think. ❤️❤️❤️❣️
Anonymous 8 months ago
Loved the old world folklore feel and the intricate plot!!!!!!!! Constant changing viewpoints made it difficult to follow sometimes.
Anonymous 8 months ago
My favorite retelling of a fairy tale. Miryem and Wanda and Irina felt like old friends by the end of the book. I'll complete this review when I get to my laptop.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This was great! I want a sequel so badly and I want it now.
Anonymous 10 months ago
A most enjoyable read, I honestly wish it had had 100 more or so pages to develope even more. I quite enjoyed it.
Scarls17 11 months ago
Like Uprooted, this is a dark and lovely fairytale retelling. I was especially impressed in Spinning Silver with how the characters all related to each other and how Novik did such a good job of writing them all so differently. I never had to go back and double check who was the subject of a new chapter.
reececo331 12 months ago
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik A twist on Rumplestiltskin, how do you handle a the story of a young girl that could turn the mundane, straw, silver into gold. Naomi Novik has created a unique story drawing on her knowledge of Russian folklore a riveting story of personal responsibility, growth and consequences. This is a great story of caution for kids, but also realizing that sometimes your dreams may turn straw(silver) into gold but magic has its consequence. The story of Miryem, the daughter of a too honest, and kind Jewish money lender in Russia is the tip of the iceberg in this story. Miryem, required by her mother's illness, caused by their starvation and depredation because of the exploitation of her father's kind hearted spirit, to save her family. Miryem must request and require her neighbors to return with interest the loans they have squandered for her entire life. Her ability to negotiate and find resources in providing a service to her community gets noticed my the Russian mystical world. She is faced with a choice, confront her fears, or find her family desuetude again. She triumphs and earns a reward she was not prepared for. Her solution to the problem that reward brought up has endangered others, and she must sacrifice much for the benefit of all. Its an amazing folk tale in its own, teaching the reader not only to work hard, and get rewarded but to take responsibility for your own actions. I will keep an eye out for an opportunity to share this with my students and favored schools.
reececo331 12 months ago
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik A twist on Rumplestiltskin, how do you handle a the story of a young girl that could turn the mundane, straw, silver into gold. Naomi Novik has created a unique story drawing on her knowledge of Russian folklore a riveting story of personal responsibility, growth and consequences. This is a great story of caution for kids, but also realizing that sometimes your dreams may turn straw(silver) into gold but magic has its consequence. The story of Miryem, the daughter of a too honest, and kind Jewish money lender in Russia is the tip of the iceberg in this story. Miryem, required by her mother's illness, caused by their starvation and depredation because of the exploitation of her father's kind hearted spirit, to save her family. Miryem must request and require her neighbors to return with interest the loans they have squandered for her entire life. Her ability to negotiate and find resources in providing a service to her community gets noticed my the Russian mystical world. She is faced with a choice, confront her fears, or find her family desuetude again. She triumphs and earns a reward she was not prepared for. Her solution to the problem that reward brought up has endangered others, and she must sacrifice much for the benefit of all. Its an amazing folk tale in its own, teaching the reader not only to work hard, and get rewarded but to take responsibility for your own actions. I will keep an eye out for an opportunity to share this with my students and favored schools.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deftly woven and well told. Like few stories I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The narrative is in the voice of several characters - Miryam, Wanda Irina, Stepon, Magreta - each telling the story from that character's point of view. It always seems to be simply told, like a fairy tale. Very satisfying.
Book_and_recipe_Examiner More than 1 year ago
Three young women's lives become intertwined by the magic god of winter, the Staryk, and his demands. One young woman is the daughter and granddaughter of a moneylender. But her father is weak and unwilling to call in the debts owed him. Miryem his daughter has had enough when her mother's cough brings her to the brink of death, so she becomes as shrewd as the reputation of Jewish moneylenders, and makes people pay what they owe, though her heart grows colder as she grows wealthier. A man cannot “squeeze blood from a stone,” so Miryam has his daughter, strong and tall Wanda, come work for her in the house as partial payment. However this is a blessing as she and her brothers were starving from bad winters and an alcoholic, abusive father. Before long, her brother is also hired to keep watch over the house of the moneylenders at night, for strange visitors of ice and snow have been leaving tracks outside the windows and doors. Irina is the plain daughter of the wealthy Duke, who fears she will soon be engaged to the cruel, sadistic Tsar, also the son of a witch. In her dowry is a cold, glowing silver necklace melted down from the silver coins the Staryk left for Miryam to “turn into gold.” His demands grow greater and his promise for her reward is terrifying, yet what can she do otherwise? If she disobeys, she will be turned to ice. Spinning Silver is a fast-paced fantasy novel overflowing with well-spun together variations of old fairy tales and a large cast of characters that will mesmerize adults and teens equally. For discussion questions, similar books, quotes, and a matching recipe (and explanation) for Apple Oat Hazelnut Muffins, visit http://hub.me/am9CO
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
Strong, believable (even when utterly fantastic), engaging characters. People to love. People to dislike. "People" you can't quite figure out as they develop. That's part of the appeal--the characters grow and develop as you read. She reminds the reader what true folklore and fantasy really looks like as she did with Uprooted. Thank you, Naomi Novic!
SCostner More than 1 year ago
If you haven't yet encountered the writing of Naomi Novik, then you are in for a treat. Rich world building, complex characters, and a story that grows and deepens as it goes to always keep you eager to find out how it all ties together. Novik draws on her Polish heritage and adds in fantasy elements that delight and terrorize in all the right places. Miryem is the daughter of a Jewish moneylender. When she takes over the collections and does a much better job of it than her father ever did, she attracts the attention of a Staryk lord. The Staryk raid the land of men and steal gold, so when their lord hears Miryem boasting that she can turn silver to gold, he takes her. Irina is the daughter of a duke, relegated to a cold bedroom at the top of the house with her old nurse. But her father manages to marry her off to the tsar, and puts her life in jeopardy by doing so. Irina knows that the tsar is the son of a witch and suspects him of sorcery. Even being the tsarina will not be enough to save her if he decides he is tired of her. How do the lives of a kidnapped Jewess with a talent for making money and a young noblewoman who was never out of her father's keeping become intertwined? What do the Staryk, the tsar, and the state of the kingdom have in common? And after all the plots and counter-plots, who will be left alive at the end? You will have to read to find out. Highly recommended for YA readers who enjoy reimagined fairy tales. This is a combination of Rumpelstiltskin and other elements that fantasy readers will want to hoard like dragon's gold. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
SCostner More than 1 year ago
If you haven't yet encountered the writing of Naomi Novik, then you are in for a treat. Rich world building, complex characters, and a story that grows and deepens as it goes to always keep you eager to find out how it all ties together. Novik draws on her Polish heritage and adds in fantasy elements that delight and terrorize in all the right places. Miryem is the daughter of a Jewish moneylender. When she takes over the collections and does a much better job of it than her father ever did, she attracts the attention of a Staryk lord. The Staryk raid the land of men and steal gold, so when their lord hears Miryem boasting that she can turn silver to gold, he takes her. Irina is the daughter of a duke, relegated to a cold bedroom at the top of the house with her old nurse. But her father manages to marry her off to the tsar, and puts her life in jeopardy by doing so. Irina knows that the tsar is the son of a witch and suspects him of sorcery. Even being the tsarina will not be enough to save her if he decides he is tired of her. How do the lives of a kidnapped Jewess with a talent for making money and a young noblewoman who was never out of her father's keeping become intertwined? What do the Staryk, the tsar, and the state of the kingdom have in common? And after all the plots and counter-plots, who will be left alive at the end? You will have to read to find out. Highly recommended for YA readers who enjoy reimagined fairy tales. This is a combination of Rumpelstiltskin and other elements that fantasy readers will want to hoard like dragon's gold. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
OwlishReader More than 1 year ago
*This book was provided to me by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review* From my understanding, this book is supposed to be a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I would say that the plot of this book veers too far away from the story of Rumpelstiltskin to be a true retelling, though it does nod to the original story. This is a fantasy book that mainly follow three characters; Miriem, the daughter of a moneylender; Wanda, a poor girl living with her abusive father and two brothers; and Irina, the daughter of a Duke. The story is mainly told from the point of view of those three characters. Naomi Novik's writing is absolutely beautiful. Her writing is atmospheric and beautifully descriptive. This book has some similarities to The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. If you enjoyed one you will most likely enjoy the other. Both authors have similar writing styles and both stories are set in similar places during similar time periods, as well both featuring themes inspired by Slavic folklore. Firstly, I am obsessed with this book. Thankfully, it is a stand alone so if you didn't read Uprooted you can read this and follow the plot easily. I will 100% be picking up Uprooted ASAP! The writing was outstanding, the story was engaging, the characters were dynamic. What more could a reader ask for!? There is nothing about this book that I can say I didn't like. I would most definitely recommend this to people who enjoy fantasy, especially for those who are not fans of very long and complicated fantasy books. This plot was very easy to follow with an interesting and unique magic system that revolves around the Staryk who are a Fae race. So basically, Fae, magic, bad ass female protagonist, awesome writing. This book is a YES!