Review of Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik


After reading Uprooted for the first time last year picking this up was a no brainer for me!

Here Is a quick outline:

Miryem is the daughter and granddaugter or moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty – until Miryem intercedes.

Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued.

This is the second folklore based book by Naomi Novik and after Uprooted and her Temeraire series she’s a sure fire pick up for most Fantasy readers.

Spinning silver focuses on 6 perspectives that get gradually introduced throughout the book, with the main character being Miryem. Although at some points it is hard to discern which perspective is being told, I enjoyed focusing on more than one charater and felt it gave a bit more depth to the book. Miryem for me was a very believable character, who, through her fathers failings has to step up to run the family business. She is by no means a character without faults, however, if anything I feel this makes her character more relatable.

For me the romance arc of this book didn’t grip me and I wasn’t sure that any of the characters would end up together and, if they did, if I wanted them too. There are elements of physical abuse and antisemitism which readers should be made aware of.

Despite this the book was wonderfully written. Once again Novic managed to weave folklore and fairy tales into a magical and charming plot that I would highly reccomend!


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