It's been a while since I had a post, but I wanted to write a review on a book that a lot of people are highly anticipating! It's definitely worth a read, and Novik fans should start (if they aren't already) getting excited for it!
Goodreads Description: Miryem is the daughter
and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good
one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of
his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until
Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers'
pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than
up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver
pennies, she brings it back full of gold.
But having the
reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble
than it's worth--especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold
creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her
reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.
My Rating: 4 couches
My review: Novik is undoubtedly a
wonderful writer. There's a reason she is a NYT bestseller and her
previous novel Uprooted took the world by storm. Spinning Silver is
imaginative, rooted in Jewish history, and has some terrific characters.
In particular, the main character Miryem and the soon to be Tsarina are
very compelling and their stories intertwine to determine the fate of
their world. The reason I wasn't completely head over heels is because
it was a little long (like Uprooted), and the other 4 perspectives were
rather lost on me. To me, it took me out of the story. Also, there was
nothing denoting different perspectives so it was jarring to just have
paragraph breaks-- however, I read the advanced reader copy and the
finished copy may be different.
Overall, a beautifully written and unique retelling of Rumpelstiltskin with two really great, strong female protagonists.