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Spinning Silver

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,444 Ratings  ·  539 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
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published July 12th 2018 by Macmillan (first published July 10th 2018)
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Emily May
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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 stay it’s more of an empowering tale of three girls, all on three different paths, all promised to three differ
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.
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
Jul 01, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
this year will be the best one yet or the worst ever and it will all depend on this book

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 perspect
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.
Natalie Monroe
Do y'all know how long I've been waiting for a Rumpelstiltskin retelling?

bran (brandonthebookaddict)




256 PAGES?????!

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

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


.... --whatever im still happy as fuck.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
The author of Uprooted strikes again, with what appears to be a take-off on Rumpelstiltskin. Can't wait for July!!
Robin (Bridge Four)
I loved Uprooted. Lets see what she does with this.

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
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 than are set in snowy, frozen parts of the world I am in reading heaven. The book’s
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Ashleigh 🥀
AH I'M SO !!!!!

Trigger Warnings: antisemitism and domestic abuse

I received an ARC from Denver Comic Con. The following review is based off that.
NOTE: This is in the same vein as Uprooted, but the two are entirely separate. You don’t see any of those characters or the world in Uprooted in Spinning Silver, and you don’t need to read one in order to read the other.

This book has got me so impatient for Winter. It kind of sucked having to read about colder weather and a fairy frost kingdom when it
Iryna (Book and Sword)
What do I have to do to get an ARC of this? Help!
Want it. Need it. Must have it.

You know what's annoying? How long it takes for a paperback to be released - I want to read this but I don't want to buy hard cover because I own Uprooted in paperback and that book is yellow and this one is blue and I can make my country's flag if I put them both together, and it would look so good. Ehhh, book nerd problems.

Dec 22, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

*high-pitched fangirling*
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
This was INSANEEEELY good! It was so atmospheric, so magical--the lack of dialogue didn't bother me at all. I was just in love with this huge beast of a book!

What you'll love:
~ BRILLIANT writing
~ kick-ass (in a brave way) female characters
~ unique magic/mythical creatures
~ creepy-as-heck evil dudes
~ FAMILY! Cute little brothers!
~ actionnnnn

Review to come! Thanks SO MUCH to Pan Macmillan Australia for this.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, arc
A top fantasy of the year.

Novik returns to the world of Uprooted but with a completely new story and characters. The author has a way of making every character powerful and important in their own right, and she wove 6 distinct perspectives together to weave a memorable and beautiful tale.

The slow burn romance is real, my friends. It is slow, but it is WORTH IT.

Don't miss this one!!
Camille ☼
Jul 10, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
One thing is for certain and that is that Naomi Novik knows how to choose her covers. I can't even decide which one I like best.
Book of the Month
Why I Love It
by Brooke Lee

I love fairy tale retellings. Particularly those that stray from the original tale to give delightful (and sometimes horrifying) new twists to a beloved classic. Rumpelstiltskin might not seem the most obvious choice, but who isn’t here for clever female characters outsmarting terrifying ancient beings? Those are the very stories I live for.

The story begins in a rural village where our protagonist, Miryem, toughened by circumstance, sets out to collect the outstanding d
Welp. I loved every goddamn minute of this.

Review to come. Review is HERE!

It will come as literally no surprise to any of you who saw my Favorite Books of 2018 (so far) video, but this review is about to be a rave.

Spinning Silver is just… it’s so beautifully complex. It builds on itself in ever-expanding layers in such a strong, smart way. If it had started out with as many pov characters as it has (and it has more than I was expecting), it could have easily been overwhelming or confusing. In
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Naomi Novik is one of my favourite writers, and Spinning Silver is my favourite book she’s written to date. While Spinning Silver is a standalone novel, it complements Uprooted beautifully as a sister-novel. Both draw inspirations from folklore and fairy tales, with Spinning Silver being an empowering and poignant examination of Rumplestiltskin. The author mentioned that while Uprooted was a homage to her mother’s experiences, while Spinning Silver is an exploration of her father’s story and her ...more
Kindling Micky
4.5 stars

I am all smug contentment on finishing SPINNING SILVER, the ending was utter completeness. This is a complex fantasy novel, definitely modelled in the background by a dark fairytale that would be familiar to any reader.

The book starts off with a female protagonist Miryem, such a young woman of determination, focus, self-belief and strength. What happens is that slowly, as the tale unfolds, two other female characters Wanda and Irina join the tale to be key storytellers. I absolutely lov
SPINNING SILVER was easily my most anticipated read of 2018.. and the fact that this was so hard for me to get through, and that I did not love it, breaks my cold little Staryk heart. Novik blew me away, outright enchanted me, with UPROOTED and so despite the fact that this is a different world, with different characters and different challenges to overcome, I nonetheless expected to love it.

"My mother had enough magic to give me three blessings before she died. The first was wit; the second be
enqi ✨🍒 (high lady of the night court, #1 helvar squad)
a retelling of rumpelstiltskin. WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE
Joana (in a semi-hiatus)
Feb 12, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018

Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Previous books in the series:
Uprooted - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I really liked this book. A rumplestulstkin retelling? Of course I was gonna like it. Naomi Novik's writing is incredible and whimsical and I love her books.
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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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