This was one of the most anticipated releases of the year for me! I really loved Novik's fairy-tale fantasy ‘Uprooted’ and was so excited when I found out Spinning Silver was being released this year. And when I saw the cover I decided I had to read it straight away! Absolutely beautiful!
This Rumpelstiltskin-inspired novel starts off following Miryem, the daughter of the towns reluctant moneylender. He has loaned out too much and fails to collect on debts owed. Out of starvation and desperation, Miryem takes over and becomes the new moneylender, collecting all her father's owed debts. She becomes quite the talented book-keeper and starts to make quite a lot of money, changing silver into gold. However a dark magical king has heard of her ability to turn silver into gold, and she is now fighting for her survival, and that of the whole kingdom.
Spinning Silver has a great premise! It is a completely original idea loosely inspired by the fairy tale, and had me hooked the whole way through. Especially the beginning. There was something great about the beginning, and how she set up the scene. The characters and setting were absolutely fantastic! Unfortunately I found the second half slightly lacking. But it was still an entertaining read. It was fantastic to just forget about the world around you and get utterly lost in magic for hours!
It had a similar feel to it as Uprooted. Dark and dismal, yet magical and captivating. You get sucked into the fantasy world and it is really fun to start off blind and learn as you go about the world/s and the characters.
Most books in this genre tend to be in a series. And I get why. The stories can go on and on, in this direction and that, and I understand how people love that. But there is something wonderful about a stand alone fairy-tale fantasy that actually ends. It has a finality about it that I enjoy and appreciate. Having said that, I wasn't the biggest fan of the ending itself. I found it a bit abrupt and wanted a more thorough conclusion for all the characters.
The only real problems I had with it was at times it had a slightly slow moving pace, and I was expecting more romance! There are quite a few characters that it jumps back to and I found it a bit distracting and confusing at times.
Would I recommend Spinning Silver?
If you enjoy Fairy Tale retelling's and wonderful characterisations I would recommend you give this a try. I did find that I enjoyed Uprooted more, but it was still a good read!
And did I mention how beautiful the cover was??
I purchased Spinning Silver at my own expense.
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: BALLANTINE GROUP (15 July 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399180982
- ISBN-13: 978-0399180989
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 3.7 x 21.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 590 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)