Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

ssSpinning Silver
Author Naomi Novik
Publisher Del Rey | 2018
Pages 480
fantasy | retellings

4 stars

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. (from Goodreads)

This review is spoiler-freeeee! 🙂 

OH GEEZ. My rating for this book fluctuated a lot. When I began, I was annoyed with the nonexistent indication of changing perspectives, but soon I got a handle on it and it didn’t bother me as much. The beginning was a tad slow for me, and it wasn’t until about 30% and then I was like YES. But theeeen, I hit the 60% mark and it got slow again. AND THEN, the ending picked up but I was at 98% and I was like… what the fresh f*** this is SO DUMB I DON’T DESERVE FOR IT TO END LIKE THIS and I was preparing myself to end this book PISSED AND THEEEEEEEEN, with three pages left, I WAS SHOOK. CRYING (as much as I could comfortably cry while at work in front of other people without looking like an insane person). And so since it ended on such a great note, I bumped up what was probably a 3.5 star read to 4.

“But the world I wanted wasn’t the world I lived in, and if I would do nothing until I could repair every terrible thing at once, I would do nothing forever.”

I think my expectations for this book might’ve been too high after knowing what Novik was capable of with Uprooted. That book is one of my all-time favorites, so I think I was hoping that Spinning Silver would capture the same magic, but it fell a little flat. The changing perspectives was a bit much at times. I could’ve done without a lot of Stepon or Magreta’s sections because I felt like I was skimming a lot of their stuff. I did enjoy the couple times we got a Mirnatius section though! He was a hoot, though at times a really shitty hoot. The plot was really interesting and I loved the new twists Novik brought to the Rumpelstiltskin story. And despite my criticism of many POVs, I did enjoy the main characters. Miryem and Irina were fabulous. I loved them both a lot, as well as their respective partners.

“I was reasonably certain he wasn’t going to try and devour my soul. My expectations for a husband had lowered.”

SPEAKING OF THEIR RESPECTIVE PARTNERS, oh my god I was conflicted about the romances in this book. At first I was like… is this gonna happen?? And then I was hyped because I SO WANTED IT TO HAPPEN and then both the Staryk king and Mirnatius were doing shitty things and I was like uhhhhh… do I still want this? I can’t go into all my thoughts without being spoiler-y but I did really like the different dynamics of both their relationships and I’m content with Irina’s end and FRICKIN’ HAPPY about Miryem’s. 🙂 In the end, no- this wasn’t as good as Uprooted, but it was still an enjoyable and unique fairytale retelling. Glad I can finally check this off my list! 

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