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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  41,474 ratings  ·  7,279 reviews
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to ...more
Paperback, 466 pages
Published July 12th 2018 by Macmillan (first published July 10th 2018)
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
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 feel like I should have experienced this book in some beautiful rose garden under the stars on the biggest bed with silk sheets
Emily May
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales, 2018, arc
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
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read all year. Maybe THE best.

Good language. Excellent take on traditional faerie tale tropes. Brilliant storytelling. Amazing characterization.

There's nothing not to like here, honestly. And I'm going to be buying several copies as Christmas gifts for sure.

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
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
This novel is pure escapism; it is enchanting, mystical and, most importantly, it's a fantastic piece of writing. I loved it. 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 writing is trying to convey. With this, how
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.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok. This is a retelling of Rumplestiltskin...but not.
What I mean is, Novik really took the idea of spinning straw to gold and the importance of a name, and just made that shit her own new story.
*tips hat*


So, in this fairytale Eastern Europeanish setting, there's this spunky little Jewish girl named Miryem that kicks ass and takes names. She ends up with not only all the normal problems an ambitious female minority would have, but also the extra (and quite HUGE) problem of doing impossible thing
Helena of Sparta ✰
“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 othe
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Update: After finishing Uprooted, I know that Naomi's style is just not for me!!

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 s
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
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, fantasy, e-book, axis360
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik is a 2018 Del Rey publication.

I need more stories like this one in my life!

I rarely grab a fantasy novel, although, I am often tempted by them. I respect the genre immensely because of the thoughtfulness and work required for world building and the huge imaginations of fantasy writers. However, no matter how badly I might want to dive into a high fantasy, I always manage to talk myself out of it. My first excuse usually has to with the heft of the book, and the
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
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!
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
If you haven't read Spinning Silver, I want to bump this for a moment now that it's winter in the northern hemi to say it is a PERFECT wintry read! Super atmospheric.

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 world
Vibur (Partial Hiatus)
Novik has the golden touch—there is richness of writing, richness of setting and richness of characterisation.
Spinning Silver was vividly evocative—an artful rendering of snow swirling ghostlike against slate-smeared skies, of crimson flames licking hungrily at the winter air. There was something about the storytelling which was so irresistibly beguiling, thawing my cynical adult heart.

I adored Miryem, Wanda and Irina—all of whom, despite the burden of their circumstances, raised their heads hi
Lucy Langford
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“So the fairy silver brought you a monster of fire for a husband, and me a monster of ice. We should put them in a room together and let them make us both widows.”

While the blurb focuses on the plot of two women, I would go further to say that this book focused on three women whose stories and lives interlace.

Miryem is tough and clever (and my favourite), the daughter of a moneylender but lives in poverty as her father's too-kind heart doesn't go out to collect the money from the indebte
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
Natalie Monroe
4.25 stars

“The real story isn’t half as pretty as the one you’ve heard.”

Do you know how long I’ve waited for a Rumpelstiltskin retelling?

It is the one fairy tale where the villain doesn’t deserve his comeuppance. He made a bargain with the miller’s daughter and she weaseled out of it. We don’t know for certain what he was going to do with that kid! Sure, he was dancing in front of a cauldron, but that evidence is circumstantial. He could have fed fine cuts of meat, sent it to the finest schoo
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
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!
Nenia ⭐ Literary Garbage Can ⭐ Campbell

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I loved SPINNING SILVER. And it's funny, because I only felt lukewarm about her previous book, UPROOTED. Don't get me wrong - UPROOTED wasn't a bad book, and I still occasionally have nightmares about heart-trees, but it didn't wow me the way I expected it to based on all the preliminary reviews, either.

SPINNING SILVER reads like Naomi Novik saw my review for UPROOTED, said to herself, "Aha," and then set about to write a story that persona
Natasha Polis
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wished it to be more romantic since it is an adult fantasy novel. Had to get the audiobook to finish it, but still very enjoyable as Naomi really knows how to create a sinister fairytale esque world. The main character is Jewish and her religion and customs is brought up many times which is something I greatly appreciated as it shows how your heritage and morals drives a person. Very smart and beautiful story, just wished for more elaboration on the romantic relationships.
Ok, so I’m officially impressed?

I was feeling a bit wary about picking this book up when I first heard about it. I head read Naomi Novik’s other book, Uprooted, a book that had was nominated for both the Nebula and Hugo awards for best fantasy, and even won the Nebula. And you know what? I hated it.

So, as you can imagine, I wasn’t too sure about this one. Then on a whim, I got it as my Book of the Month, and I decided to read it. Now, all I have to say is that Naomi Novik has found herself a new
Elise (TheBookishActress)
now WHAT did we do to deserve this absolute masterpiece. review to come!!

got one chapter into this and it's already calling out antisemitism so we are On The Right Track Here Yall
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
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.
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
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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
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