Spinning Silver



Spinning Silver is a new take on the classic fairytale Rumpelstiltskin, from Naomi Novik, the author of the award-winning Uprooted.

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of 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.

Channeling the heart of the original fairy tale, Naomi Novik deftly interweaves six distinct narrative voices – each learning valuable lessons about sacrifice, power and love – into a rich, multi-layered fantasy.


My Review

This re-imagining of Rumpelstiltskin was absolutely fantastic! I am absolutely blown away with the world that Naomi created within these 400 odd pages. So many strong female in this book and guess what? There is no Prince riding in to save the day, these amazing female characters do not need that, thank you very much!

The story is narrated from six characters but Miryem is certainly the focal one. How all of the other characters know one another really does stem back to her. She is a strong, intelligent and witty lead making her a character that I could just read more and more of.

I wanted to note how clever Naomi was in switching between each characters and giving them the own distinctive voices. For example Stepon is young and mostly uneducated. Naomi writes his section in smaller sharper sentences that are undoubtedly the voice of a young boy. Changing both the writing style and what was written seems the key to doing this successfully.

I loved this story it was utterly fantastic and I cannot wait to see what beautiful piece of work Naomi releases next.

Overall Rating:  5/5 teacups

Where to buy a copy:

📗 Booktopia
📗 Book Depository

This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 

Happy reading x

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