Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s too kind-hearted to collect his debts. They face poverty until Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work in their village. Her success creates rumours she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge – and if she fails, she’ll die. Yet if she triumphs, it may mean a fate worse than death. And in her desperate efforts to succeed, Miryem unwittingly spins a web which draws in the unhappy daughter of a lord.Irina’s father schemes to wed her to the tsar – he will pay any price to achieve this goal. However, the dashing tsar is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of mortals and winter alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and Irina embark on a quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power and love.
About the Book
No. of Pages :- 446
Date Published :- 12th July 2018
Publisher :- PanMacmillan
My Rating:- 3/5
First of all I would really love to thank PanMacmillan India for sending me this book to read and review! Words cannot begin to describe how happy and excited you made me when I got a reply to my email asking for when would I like it delivered.
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik is a story loosely based on the tale of Rumpelstiltskin. The book has magic in every single page. Snow covered landscapes, the glass mountain, traveling between worlds, this book contains many fantasy strong points. I love how she included Polish folklore into the tale.
Coming to the plot, Spinning Silver tells us the story of Miryem, the daughter of a money lender who makes a name for herself due to her ability to convert silver into “gold”. No, not with magic but with her power of modern thinking, using banks and exchange rates and trade. I loved this part of the book! Miryem is a strong female character that fills you with pride. She is able to adapt and survive no matter what her situation is like. But her ability to get gold attracts the attention of the cold Staryk King who tasks her to cahnge his silver into gold and if she doesn’t she dies. For some reason I was fascinated by the Staryks. We also meet Irina and Wanda, the daughters of a lord and village drunk respectively. This is a female centric books that tells us the story of these three women and how they overcame their situations. Irina is married to the Tsar but the marriage is not what it seems.
To be honest, the book did get slow in a couple of places which almost made me leave it half way. But I loved the fairy-tale atmosphere of it. I loved the story as a whole. Her writing is very descriptive and you can easily imagine the world in your minds eye while reading it.
Would I recommend it? Definitely if you like this sort of fantasy and retellings of classic stories..
About the Author
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 participate in the design and development of the computer game Neverwinter Nights: Shadow of Undrentide.
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