Mini Book Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

I read this monthssss ago and took too long to give it a proper review or even a proper mini review. SO this is an itsy bitsy book review.

36896898Miryem 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….

Basically this book is the perfect winter read (just in time for summer! whoops…) the setting is snowy and freezing and magical.

The fantasy elements in this start out really subtle and the writing style of the author really gives it a sense of magical realism in a historical setting. There is lots of girl power happening here. The storyline pulls from the Rumpelstiltskin tale but is more creative and original than just a retelling. This book is pretty cool to jump into without much expectation. As a romance junkie myself, I wouldn’t recommend this book for that but what’s a fairytale without some type of coupling/happy ending?

I loved Novik’s book, Uprooted, which is why I knew I had to give this one a shot too. I will say that I liked the story of Uprooted more but her style of writing that is so enjoyable and enchanting in it remains the strong suit in Spinning Silver.

Recommend for fans of Uprooted, historical magical realism, and fairytales.

…idk somewhere around 3.5 stars!?




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