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 the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.
But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.
Intoxicating, Captivating, Enchanting, Magical, A Shining Star In The Fantasy World.
I knew I would like Spinning Silver after loving Uprooted so much, but this book was even better! I didn’t think Naomi’s writing could captivate me even more so, but it was utterly mesmerizing.
The moment I opened the book I was a goner and quickly sinking into the delightfully enchanting writing. I swear Naomi has some sort of magical power that enables her to pull the reader deep into the story and immediately fall in love, she’s a sorceress I tell you and her talent for storytelling is something else.
The story is told from various characters point of view, which I really enjoyed. I’m not usually a fan of multiple POV’s, but this way I could see how certain events affected each character and what their side of the story was. I especially liked how the chapters worked – they were usually told in the present and then the next part would show how that certain event came to be – they melded together well and gave a unique and magical reading experience.
My favourite character has to be Miryem. She watches as her father gets taken for a ride as a money-lender and decides to take his place. She becomes rather cold to the situation, which is ironic given what happens, but she’s had enough in all honesty and I think she’s very brave and becomes even braver as the story progresses. She’s the kind of person who doesn’t let people walk all over her and I wish I had a bit more of her in myself.
I enjoyed the other characters very much too and Wanda and her family definitely stuck out to me, especially little Stepon. Miryem’s parents are really quite lovable too, with their huge hearts and kind words, I want nothing but a happy life for those two.
The Staryk King reminded me very much of The Goblin King from Wintersong, who you should know by now I absolutely fell in love with! So the Staryk King definitely has a place in my heart, however cold he may be. There’s reasoning behind the bad deeds of the Staryk people (which I won’t say because of spoilers) and we eventually see what really lies within his kingdom.
I really enjoyed the subtle take on the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale. I mean she’s not exactly stealing babies, but it was definitely there and weaved magically into the story. I found all of the European folklore very interesting throughout the book and often found myself looking up names and items to try and locate where the story was set. I believe Russia is a good guess.
This story was everything I wanted and so so much more! I can’t possibly put into words how much I adore it and will forever treasure it on my shelves. This story is high fantasy at its finest and will completely enchant whom ever reads it.
I’d like to thank Jamie at Tor Books ( Macmillan) for sending this book my way in return of an honest review (you rock!).
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Spinning Silver is due to release TOMORROW on July 12th 2018