Book reviews

Book review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.

Title- Spinning Silver
Author- Naomi Novik
Publisher- PanMacmillan India
Format- Paperback
Pages- 480
Genre- Fantasy.
Publication date- 16 May 2019

Ratings- 5/5

Book blurb:

Will dark magic claim their home? 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 rumors she can turn silver into gold, which attracts 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 that 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.

Book review:

A robber who steals a knife and cuts himself cannot cry out against the women who kept it sharp.

Set in Medieval Russia and inspired by the original Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale this story revolves around three main female characters; Miryem, Wanda and Irina.

Miryem, daughter of a gracious and kind-hearted moneylender who lends money outrageously without even asking it back. Due to her mother’s impoverished health condition and severe poverty, Miryem finally determines to collect the money back including the interest from everyone. Later she changes silver to gold and this intrigues the Winter King.

Wanda, daughter of a cruel alcoholic father, living under a huge debt. Wanda works for Miryem in a hope of paying off her father’s debt.

Irina, duke’s daughter about to marry Tsar who’s hiding disastrous mysteries.

Three women with different fates, different classes connected with invisible string and their destinies rebounding among themselves. I loved that each of them had its own individuality throughout the story. This book has strange mysticism, demonic existence and other ingredients that one would expect from a dark fairy tale with a beautiful flow that literally kept me hypnotized from the very beginning till the end. I loved the way the story was interwoven and narrated.

I haven’t read “Uprooted” by Naomi yet and I wonder why I see praise for that book everywhere. Definitely reaching out to read more by Naomi now. Her writing style is somewhat classical with a folktale vibe, something you can’t resist yourself to fall for.

Thanks to @panmacmillanindia for the #gifted copy.🌻

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