Spinning Silver

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Spinning Silver is another phenomenal novel by Naomi Novik, author of Uprooted and the Temeraire series. Uprooted won the 2016 Nebula Award for best novel. Temeraire is a hugely popular series that created an alternative history for the Napoleonic Wars fought by aviators manning dragons - unbelievably good for those who adore dragon fantasy or appreciate great historical fiction fantasy. Novik does not disappoint with her latest stand alone, and I believe Spinning Silver may be my favorite story out of all of her works, and I have read them all thus far. Novik is able to include details in all of her novels that show an adept knowledge of history that adds multifaceted richness to the...

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If you haven't yet encountered the writing of Naomi Novik, then you are in for a treat. Rich world building, complex characters, and a story that grows and deepens as it goes to always keep you eager to find out how it all ties together. Novik draws on her Polish heritage and adds in fantasy elements that delight and terrorize in all the right places.

Miryem is the daughter of a Jewish moneylender. When she takes over the collections and does a much better job of it than her father ever did, she attracts the attention of a Staryk lord. The Staryk raid the land of men and steal gold, so when their lord hears Miryem boasting that she can turn silver to gold, he takes her.

Irina is the...

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This book is a wonderful retelling of the Rumplestiltskin myth with strong female characters. I loved the way the author wove the three storylines together. There are plenty of twists and turns and a thoroughly satisfying ending. Naomi Novik is a master fantasy storyteller!
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SPINNING SILVER is golden. By far the best book I have read in a while. Naomi Novik is a master story teller. Her writing flows from the pages into my eyes, through my brain and touches my heart in alternating hot and cold flashes.

I see this book becoming a classic. So much of life is captured in this tale that I found myself writing life quotes from the words floating magically in my mind. Thank You Ms. Novik and please continue to pour into your words the essence of living in the tension of life. This is a must read this summer.
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Not exactly what I was expecting, but I appreciate Net Galley and the publisher for sharing the galley of this title.
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Spinning Silver was good, but not as engaging as Uprooted. Novik has the same consistent style in this book, the plot just wasn't quite as engaging for me. Spinning Silver is a twist on the tale of Rumpelstiltskin set in a Russian fairy tale sort of background. The Staryk come in the winter and pillage the town at the center of the story. Miryam, the town moneylender, has caught their attention and the king of the Staryk wants her to turn silver into gold. Every time the Staryk and their kingdom came up, I pictured the white walkers from Game of Thrones. Maybe not accurate, but there wasn't enough description for me to put together a better picture of what they look like. Spinning...

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After falling head-over-heels for Uprooted, I was already onboard for this semi-Rumplestiltskin-esque retelling and it did not disappoint. This was a bit of a slow burn story, with most of the juicy action coming in the latter half of the book. Replete with strong female heroes, and a fairy tale retelling that I now believe only Naomi Novik is capable of, the tale is spun from 3 main character's voices, with clever icons indicating when those voices switch. Several subplots help weave the stories together. I know that my library will place this book in the Teen collection and it does skew slightly towards that, any adult who is a fan of the fantasy genre will love this. I thoroughly...

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Like Daniel Abraham's "The Dagger and the Coin" series this book has a strong plot line that touches on money lending and banking in medieval society, a subject matter that I find interesting and under explored in fantasy literature which makes the first third of the book fly by. As the story continues though I found the point of view changes were not as smooth as could have been expected luckily the narrative is so strong and compelling it pulls the reader through to truly enjoy this story with several very strong young female characters from differing lots in life. I'd recommend this book for most teens that are fans of fantasy novels and also adults that will...

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Masterfully done! I enjoyed Uprooted, but Spinning Silver blew me away. The pacing at the beginning of the book felt a little slow, but the wait was worth it. The character development was exceptional. The story was told from various characters point of view. Each one had a unique voice and less than a quarter of the way through the book I didn't need the symbols at the start of the chapter to know which character was furthering the story. The description of people and places made me feel as if I were right there in the story and could almost feel the cold that had taken over the land. Absolutely wonderful and would highly recommend.
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This is a beautiful reinterpretation on the theme of the Rumpelstiltskin story,set in a land where winter seems to rule. The Staryk are mystical creatures seemingly made of ice who raid for gold and they are feared by all. there are three young women from vastly different circumstances who by their strength of character and perseverance manage to improve their lives.
I enjoyed the story itself immensely.; but the author's writing style of character stream of consciousness - where you are reading about one character and at the paragraph change you are reading about another character is a bit unsettling. The style draws the story out so that you feel the story unfold through every...

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In Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik has woven together a handful of fairy tales to tell the stories of three women in a fantastical medieval Lithuania. Miryem is the daughter of a Jewish moneylender who is terrible at actually collecting money. Wanda is the daughter of a drunken, abusive father. Irina is the overlooked daughter of a duke. These women believe in their value and, as their stories take off and they mix with magic and danger, the three will finally have a chance to demand the respect they are owed.

We first meet Miryem before she takes over her father’s business. Her father is such a soft touch that its easy for the villagers to take advantage of him. But Miryem discovers a talent...

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What a great adventure. I’ve always loved fairy tales, but they never moved me like this one. I read through the first few Temeraire books by this author, and then kind of drifted on to other interests. When Net Galley offered me a chance to read this, I decided to see what Naomi Novak was up to these days. I had been aware that she was tinkering with folk tales and the like. Welllll - this one grabbed me and my wife from the very start (I shared it as a read aloud book), and by the end we were totally in tears, happy tears, because we had been totally drawn into this world that she created. This was one of the most satisfying reads in a long time - so inventive, and yet true to its...

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Miryem is the daughter of a money lender so tender-hearted he would sooner see his family starve than collect on a debt. Irina's father the duke hopes to marry her off advantageously but she's too plain for a good catch. Wanda's lout of a father beats her whenever he's not in a drunken stupor. On top of their paternal difficulties, their land is besieged by the icy Staryk, who leave frost and death in their insatiable hunt for gold. All three must summon unsuspected depths of strength and cunning to overcome their fates. A rich and satisfying tapestry drawing on traditional lore but stuffed with strong, clearly distinguished female characters.
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Spinning Silver is the fairy tale you always wanted to read and never want to end. Beginning with the story of Rumpelstiltskin, it weaves in many fairy tale plots and elements before a stunning conclusion of fire and ice. Told from the shifting point of view of multiple characters this wonderful story shares the lives of three girls who couldn't be more different. Radiating overarching themes of debt, gratitude, and deceiving appearances, Naomi Novik has written pure art.
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Another fantastic tale from Naomi Novik! I so enjoy a tale with strong females that aren't made out to be strong. They are just doing what they do.
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a digital ARC of "Spinning Silver" by Naomi Novik. I adore "Uprooted" and this book is just as wonderful. I love that the author chose a less popular fairy tale for her second book. Rumpelstiltskin is not a commonly used source and this made the book all the more interesting. This book has an old fairy tale world feeling but is fresh and exciting which is not easily achieved these days. I will be purchasing a copy for myself and for the library!
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I LOVED THIS BOOK. The characters were unique and their perspectives varied with their situations. I thought it was written with careful consideration and cultural accuracy, which is extremely important.
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A brilliant and unique twist on a classic fairytale. The characters are diverse and well-written, and the story is full of intrigue and plot-twists. It really hinges on young people, particularly 3 different young women, who seize agency for themselves in different ways, and use their knowledge and understanding of the world to enact changes for themselves and the people around them.
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Loved the strong women characters, both aggressive and passive.  They dominated the story but did not overpower the men.  The author achieved a good balance of power-also what this book is about, the use, abuse, and responsibility of power.  The options faced by women, Jews, the poor, the marginalized delivered in a  fairytale setting of royalty and common folk, ice and fire, magic and humanity.  Full of action and difficult choices and their consequences.
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This book was superb! Flawless writing, intricate characters, steady plot, lots of great-world building. There aren't words enough to describe how great this book was. Fairy tale retellings are tricky--stick too much to the original, and the book becomes predictable and boring. Stray too far away, and it loses its "fairy tale" feel. Novik is a master--she gives deep enough nods to existing fairy tales that one never feels as if they have strayed too far from the genre, but she adds so much detail and depth, that you are kept continuously guessing and craving more.

Note for the editor: It took me until the 13th chapter to realize that the pictures at the beginning of the...

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