Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

*This review will not contain spoilers*


Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty—until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk—grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh—Miryem’s fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. Set an impossible challenge by the nameless king, Miryem unwittingly spins a web that draws in a peasant girl, Wanda, and the unhappy daughter of a local lord who plots to wed his child to the dashing young tsar. But Tsar Mirnatius is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and her two unlikely allies embark on a desperate quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power, and love.

I adored Uprooted and I was so happy that I wouldn’t have to wait too long for the Naomi’s next book! Luckily, I was able to get my hands on an ARC and I could not wait to see what this world had in store for me.

The writing style never ceases to amaze me. It’s so different from what I usually read. that it take a little bit to get to used. It’s definitely not a bad thing. I find it so flowy and satisfying. It moves a slowly, but I didn’t really have a problem with that in Uprooted, but I found that everything sort of dragged on in Spinning Silver.

The story is so intricately weaved together that when I look at everything that’s happened it’s all kind of meh to me. I think that is in part of me not really connecting to the characters and I think that is in part of the world building. It was fantastic, just the ways and rules of this world made it hard for me to really know the characters. With everything that was happening and information to keep the story going thrown in there, I just don’t think I got to spend enough time with them for me to really and truly connect with them.

This book had 6 POVs and that made me blanch because, wow, that’s a lot. But when reading, it didn’t seem like that many. They’re not all thrown at you at once, all the narrators are carefully placed into the story. The transitions seemed natural. Although, I would have liked to see different narrators. I don’t quite get when some of the POVs were chosen, probably for the sake of the story; to move it along. There are other characters head’s I would have liked to be in, though I’m not sure if the story would have been able to progress or be the way it is if that was the case.

Even though my feelings for this book are a little iffy, the ending was absolutely SPECTACULAR. I loved it so much. It was so clever how it was ended and it kinda makes you huff in frustration, but you are able to appreciate what was done. I think the ending kinda saved the whole book for me.


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