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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale from the bestselling author of Uprooted.
“One of the year’s strongest fantasy novels.”—NPR
“A perfect tale . . . with the vastness of Tolkien and the empathy and joy in daily life of Le Guin.”—The New York Times Book Review
With the Nebula Award–winning Uprooted, Naomi Novik opened a brilliant new chapter in an already acclaimed career, delving into the magic of fairy tales to craft a love story that was both timeless and utterly of the now. Spinning Silver draws readers deeper into this glittering realm of fantasy, where the boundary between wonder and terror is thinner than a breath, and safety can be stolen as quickly as a kiss.
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.
Channeling the vibrant heart of myth and fairy tale, Spinning Silver weaves a multilayered, magical tapestry that readers will want to return to again and again.
Praise for Spinning Silver
“Gorgeous, complex, and magical . . . This is the kind of book that one might wish to inhabit forever.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A book as cool and mysterious as a winter’s night, with two marvelous heroines at its heart. Spinning Silver pits the cold of endless winter against the fires of duty, love, and sacrifice. I couldn’t put it down.”—Katherine Arden, New York Times bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale
From Publishers Weekly
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I couldn’t stop reading this.
This fantastic book came out three days ago and I wish I had read it slower to continue enjoying it but I couldn’t help myself. After reading Uprooted, I impatiently waited for this to be released and am glad I pre-ordered it so that when it was finally released I could devour it like the best morsel of food in the world. I’ve already gifted it to my sister and will be highly recommending it to everyone. Every page it felt climactic, I really enjoyed this style of storytelling and world building, it was so easy to slip into the lives and personalities of the characters and read just a few more pages past bed time to see what would happen next. Thank you Naomi for this amazing book.
Excellent read. Very difficult to put down. Naomi Novik has written another best seller with suspense, action and a little romance.
This book does a great job developing the characters and getting you invested in the plot. It had a few twists and turns that P just turning yeah wasn’t that difficult to follow. I enjoyed it