Wednesday 17 April 2019

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik - A Review

Today we will talk about the book Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, author of Uprooted (Translated in Greek by Sελίνι). 

The book is a very loose retelling of the story of Rumpelstiltskin and you would recognize some elements of it like turning things into gold and the importance of names.  The books of Naomi Novik have this magical and atmospheric thing that you want from a fairy tale.

Well, what can I say about this book...
I really liked it  and that's why I gave it 4 stars at the end. But I had my issues with it. It was very slow paced for me in some places and the multiple POVs (I think I counted six) sometimes confused me. It would be better with less narrators in my opinion.

Despite that it still kept me captivated from the beginning until the end . It is a magical and very atmospheric book. I liked the story and how the author managed to compile so many aspects of it into one which made sense during the book. I liked the characters and in the end I was rooting for the Winter King. I loved the world building and the description of places and scenery was amazing.

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

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