September 7, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
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*Published July 10, 2018*
This is the second book set in the same world as Uprooted, but it does take place in a different area of the world. Different types of magic, different characters, but you still feel the magic of Namoi Novik’s writing.
Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders. Her grandfather is extremely successful, but her father is not. In their small village, where Miryem and her parents live, they live in poverty because her father cannot call in his borrowers’ debt. So, dissatisfied with seeing her mother become sicker and her father do nothing to help her, Miryem takes into her own hands to claim what is owed to her family. She soons gain the reputation of hard-hearted and having the ability to turn silver into gold.
After visiting her grandparents in the city nearby after a few years of claiming what is owed to her family, Miryem makes the mistake of boasting she can turn silver into gold. She attracts the attention of the king of the Staryk, fae-like creatures that are more ice than flesh. As the king challenges her to change Staryk silver for gold, she does so, each time pulling her, a peasant girl from her village, and the unhappy daughter of a local lord who is betrothed to the Tsar. As Miryem works to save herself and her family from the Staryk, the Tsar hides a secret that could not only destroy Miryem’s world but the Staryk’s world as well.
There is just so much going on in this book, but it’s organized in such a way that you are still able to follow the multitude of storylines. You get different points of view, different ideas of what it magic is, and how someone’s actions can impact your own life even when you’ve never met that person. I highly enjoyed this book more than Uprooted; now, don’t get me wrong, I still like Uprooted, but Spinning Silver has so much more going on for it. There’s life, there’s magic, there’s love, there’s so much going on! But it’s all enjoyable and I love it!
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