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Spinning Silver

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  17,616 Ratings  ·  3,658 Reviews
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 atten
Hardcover, 466 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Del Rey
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Emily May
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales, arc, 2018
Because that's what the story is really about: getting out of paying your debts.

There is just something about Novik's fairy tales. Something magical, atmospheric and utterly charming. I didn't like Spinning Silver quite as much as my beloved Uprooted - and I'll explain why a bit later - but it still kept me captivated from start to finish.

Spinning Silver is a loose retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. I say "loose" because you will recognise certain elements from the original - turning things into go
Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)
I'm officially giving up personhood to become the ghost of a tormented poet in love with melancholy who sits on patches of moss in the moors and recites bad poetry about how amazing this book is!

I love this book so much—the kind of love that is peculiar to inhabiting the perspective of young women with agency and the relationships they form when relying on each other. I honestly feel like I should have experienced this book in some beautiful rose garden under the stars on the biggest bed with si

ARC provided by Dey Rey in exchange for an honest review.

“Bring me the winter king, and I will make you a summer queen.”

Spinning Silver is one of the best books I’ve read all year. I loved this story with every fiber of my being. And Naomi Novik is a master at storytelling and interweaving stories together. You all know that this is a very loose reimaging of Rumpelstiltskin but I’d say it’s more of an empowering tale of three girls, all on three different paths, all promised to three differe
Bookdragon Sean
This novel is pure escapism; it is enchanting, mystical and, most importantly, a fantastic piece of writing. I loved it. It’s the best book I’ve this year so far. Go read it!

I’m a critic but I found nothing to critique here. And for me that says a lot. I often find it hard just to sit back and enjoy a story without pulling it apart and dissecting all the elements of the book. It’s just want happens when you’re and English student. You consider the characters, the themes and everything the writin
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
4.5 stars

I’m. Just. SO. Happy.


This is completely different from UPROOTED. Kind of. It’s still a fairytale-like story, but it’s wholly unrelated to the Dragon and Agnieszka. There are no awesome tree people. There’s no wooden Kasia or royal orphans or upstart wizards.

There are awesome some-other-kind-of-people who may or may not be wintery in origin. And a not-so-awesome demon. And not one, not two, but THREE new heroines, all hampered by expectations, all saying, EFF that, RAWRRR.


Full RTC.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
All the stars!! Seriously, go read this book right now! Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

It’s not often that I end a novel in awe of characters, the world-building, and the depth and complexity of the themes, while still being absolutely delighted with the storytelling. In Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik does all that and more. It’s my favorite fantasy novel of 2018 so far, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it’s still in that top position at the end of this year.

In medieval Lithvas (ac
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
No one freak out, but I just thoroughly enjoyed a fantasy book 😍 this was so immersive and well written and I liked it a heckin’ ton!
Helena ✰ FC
“I am not your subject or your servant, and if you want a cowering mouse for a wife, go find someone else who can turn silver to gold for you.” 


This was a buddy read with my elvish friend, Maica! ;) I’m so glad that we decided to read this together! <3

Confession Time: I was a bit scared going into this because I loved Uprooted so bloody much. And how on Earth could Naomi Novik possibly improve upon that pure and utter perfection, which included wizards, royals, tree people, and all sorts of o
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads, e-books, dnf
DNF @25%

I was so excited for this book because I wanted to read a book by Naomi for so long now. Uprooted is one of the oldest books in my TBR. I didn't know the tale of Rumpelstiltskin so I read it before this out in preparation for this. Then I saw that this was a big book and I didn't know how the author is going to retell such a short story in all those pages.

I started this and was a bit confused by the continuous change in POV, I wish that it was written in 3rd Person because it would have
destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
I’ve had Naomi Novik’s work on my reading list for a long time, but this was my first time picking up anything by her. I loved the Rumpelstiltskin story as a child, so when I heard that she was writing a retelling of it, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy—and now, it made me wonder how I ever lived without the incredible worlds of magic and fantasy she crafts.

I wasn’t sorry they didn’t like me, I wasn’t sorry I had been hard to them. I was glad, fiercely glad.

The story alternates perspecti
Hannah Greendale
Novik introduces three daring female protagonists in this clever re-imagining of Rumpelstiltskin. Here is a realm of magic and mysticism, of cruelty and heartbreak, fringed with glittering ice and populated with creatures carved from the wildest corners of the imagination. The initial chapters titillate with high stakes, compelling characters, and enchanting descriptions of warm food and a forest cloaked in snow, but the narrative is soon bogged down by several ruinous flaws.

Despite encounterin
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like every month so far I have read a book and said it was my favorite book of the year. But y'all. This is my favorite book of the year
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-yet-released
I have a great many conflicting thoughts on this. Review to come on my channel and there will be much to discuss at the BookNet Fest Book Club panel for this book this year!
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I know I’m in the minority here, but I didn’t love this book. Oh, I enjoyed it well enough, because it’s Naomi Novik and her prose is always excellent, and Spinning Silver was beautifully written. However, I’ve also had enough experience with work (especially with the Temeraire series) to know her books can be very hit or miss. Believe me, I was thrilled when she started writing fairy-tale-inspired fantasy novels, and I
Robin (Bridge Four)
Uprooted was one of my favorite reads of 2016, so I was beyond thrilled that Naomi Novik was again going to give us a new fairytale. Spinning Silver has some roots in Rumpelstiltskin but don’t think that means you know how this story is going to go because even though you might see a resemblance this is a brand new fairytale.
“A power claimed and challenged and thrice carried out is true”

The world for this has foundations from the Jewish culture, blended into a world with subtle magics and a
Roshani Chokshi
Mwahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!! I read this early!!!!! >:)

It’s definitely the spiritual successor of UPROOTED. It has all the heart, family, riveting magic you could ask for, and a gorgeous slow burn/unveiling of feelings that will make you desperate to turn the page and loathe to finish. Also. I loved the ending. It’s definitely up there with top 10 book endings.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-loved
I adored this book so much! The writing is absolutely stunning. The girl power is next level. The atmosphere is positively perfection.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-shelf, fantasy
A lot of these retellings of old myths and fairy tales are hit or miss with me, but I come to you today to tell you that this was not a miss. :) Indeed, nothing was amiss.

The combination of several different old fairy tales and the new-norm for Russian-style fantasy hit all the right buttons for me. There was nothing simple about this tale even though we learn, slowly, that the world is not all about hard poverty and abuse and little towns and harsh Czars. That jews aren't necessarily cracked up
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
4.5 Shiny silvers

This retelling based of Rumpelstiltskin is a fantasy fairy tale of epic proportions without the loss of whimsical folklore.

In a small village in the country of Lithvas lives a Jewish money-lender and his family. They aren’t doing so well. Other families in the town have taken advantage of them and are not repaying their debts.

Miryem, the money lenders daughter has enough of it. She decides to go on knocking on peoples doors in the middle of the night. With her new ways of busin
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fantasy, loved-it
I loved this. Reading it made me happy and by the end I was positively squealing. I enjoyed Uprooted and I loved this one, so I might actually have to read everything Naomi Novik has ever written.

This is a very loose retelling of Rumpelstilzchen which incorporates parts of other fairy tales as well – so I was always going to love it. I am such a huge fan of books written in this fairy-talesque manner and if they then are set in snowy, frozen parts of the world I am in reading heaven. The book’s
I was afraid. He wore spurs on his heels and jewels on his fingers like enormous chips of ice, and the voices of all the lost souls in blizzards howled behind him. Of course I was afraid.

But I had learned to fear other things more: being despised, whittled down to one small piece of myself at a time, smirked at and taken advantage of.

Spinning Silver is an absolute wonder. It’s a tale that manages to weave the perspectives of a Jewish moneylender’s daughter (and moneylender in her own right), a
Rose (Traveling Sister)
FRIENDS, I've committed another literary sin. I spent almost the entire TWO WEEKS allotted by my library to finish Spinning Silver, and as it is a hot new book, (BOTM, no less) there were probably lots of my neighbors desperate for me to get my shizz together and read this thing. My sincerest apologies. At least the county has multiple copies.

Anyway, where the Hell am I? I try to make these reviews as helpful as possible, but I really don't think I'm suited to review this book. I tried to pay a
✦ Maica ✦ [mini hiatus]
Thrice you shall turn silver to gold for me, or be changed to ice yourself.

I'm so glad I buddy read this with my lovely friend, Helena! I enjoyed this book even more because I was reading it with you! <3 *sends love*

How can I even begin to explain this masterpiece????
Spinning Silver is a retelling of Rumplestilskin. It mainly follows the perspective of three girls, Miryem, Wanda and Irina as they navigate, outsmart and endure the society that they live in.

I was mystified by this book. It
Natalie Monroe
Do y'all know how long I've been waiting for a Rumpelstiltskin retelling?

☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
I don't have much to say; just that it was totally gorgeous 💜 I'm a sucker for books with a fairytale-ish (can I even say so?) vibe to them.
I honestly thought the book could have been shorter/ the pacing could have been faster but all in all a 4.5 star read. The writing sucked me right in and I loved all female characters. Such smart, cunning ladies 💜 I wish the ending could have been dragged out more. I WANTED MORE from it :pp I was pretty satisfied still. There wasn't much romance, which some
Rosamund Hodge
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I will tell you right now what prevented this from being a 5+ star review: the pacing. The last third of the book was SO SLOW. The writing is amazing and beautiful, but it got too flowery and descriptive. I did not want to read pages describing a wedding or a bath or clothes, etc. By 400 pages, I needed a resolution.

Another issue? We have three awesome female protagonists. Miryem, the daughter of a timid and kind moneylender. Wanda, the daughter of an abusive father who comes to w
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
This book. THIS BOOK! I love, love, loved it. Normally I would be seriously put off by long-ass books with hardly any dialogue, but THIS FREAKING BOOK WRECKED ME. *coughs* // Okay, coherence, where are you at? //

Anyway! I'm just here to casually drop y'all a list of things you're going to adore about Spinning Silver.

"The real story isn't half as pretty as the one you've heard."

✨ All the heroines are amazing and strong in their own ways! You will admire Miryem, the stoic moneylender who provides
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256 PAGES?????!

2 5 6???????????!

two hundred and fifty six pages.......????????????!


.... --whatever im still happy as fuck.
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. However, my ARC copy would not download onto my kindle, therefore I bought the finished version on release day (mainly because of my love of Naomi Novik’s previous novel Uprooted). This review will be based around that finished copy.

There’s something about Naomi Novik’s fairy tales that I find irresistible and evocative. She manages to weave these fantastical tales that are steeped in tradition around grounded and very real women
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An avid reader of fantasy literature since age six, when she first made her way through The Lord of the Rings, Naomi 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 studied English literature at Brown University, and did graduate work in computer science at Columbia University before leaving to partic ...more
“But I had not known that I was strong enough to do any of those things until they were over and I had done them. I had to do the work first, not knowing.” 39 likes
“Hush, sweetheart. You don't have a mother anymore, but let me to speak to you with her voice a minute. Listen. Stepon told us what happened in your house. There are men who are wolves inside, and want to eat up other people to fill their bellies. That it what was in your house with you, all your life. But here you are with your brothers, and you are not eaten up, and there is not a wolf inside you. You have fed each other, and you kept the wolf away. That is all we can do for each other in the world, to keep the wolf away.” 33 likes
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