Spinning Silver is a new standalone fantasy novel by Naomi Novik.
Miryem comes from a long line of moneylenders. Unfortunately, her father is too gentle hearted and a terrible lender. People take advantage of Miryem’s family, while they freeze and starve, until Miryem steps-in and embraces a talent she never knew she had–the ability to change silver to gold. And this is where her story begins.
When word of her talents reaches the mythical and dangerous creatures who haunt the woods, Miryem’s fate becomes entwined with their cold King whose interest in her in more than just gold. Now the future of two civilizations could hang in the balance and Miryem may be the only one with the ability to help.
You should all know that I loved Naomi Novik’s Uprooted. I’ve literally read it twice and listened to the audiobook three time. I just loved the world and the story, so I had really, really high hopes for Spinning Silver. And although I didn’t love it quite as much as Uprooted, I did enjoy this story a lot.
Novik just has a talent for world building without spelling things out for you. She just let’s the world reveal itself alongside the story. I love this. You get just enough to peak your interest and start building the world in your mind and then she leaves the rest up to you to fill in with your imagination.
The only reason this one doesn’t get 5 stars from me is because the beginning was a tad slow and I wasn’t really sure where things were heading. I think I was waiting for the magic to hit sooner than the few peeks we get here or there. But after awhile the pace increases and the story moves forward.
I also sort of wished that the women were the only ones who narrated the story. The women of this book were the heroes; they were the strong ones in a world where men rule. By adding the few chapters from the men’s perspective was fine but I think the same story could have been achieved without them.
This one gets a sold 4 stars from me. Keep ’em coming Naomi!
That’s all for now!