August 21, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
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*Published July 10, 2018*
I’ve read this book previously, but I had bought it from Audible some time last year and hadn’t listened to it yet. Seeing as I hadn’t listened to it yet, and I needed something to listen to while I work out, I started listening to Spinning Silver. It. Was. Fantastic!
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.
I love the voice acting in this book. It was fantastic and I loved how distinct all the voices where. Even if the narrator wasn’t introduced at the beginning of each chapter, you could tell who was talking just by how the voices changed and reflected who they were. You could also see how each character is fully developed for their own story but they still interact with each other fully as well. Each has their own reasons for what they are doing as well as working with each other.
I truly love how well the magic was woven into the story, that the magic was integral to not only Miryem, but to Wanda and Irina as well. And they all have different magics that they use, or what they believe to be magic. I love how to Wanda, numbers and money = magic; for Miryem, it’s taking the silver owed to her and her family and turning it back into gold; Staryk silver to transport Irina to her ancestor’s home. All of these magics are different, but they all work for each one and their magics help them in their trials and strife.
I love seeing each character’s growth and strength. As all three women are different, they all have different strengths and they use their strengths to the best of their abilities. Miryem, Wanda, and Irina all work to save those that they love.
What do you think of fairy tales that smack of familiarity? Do you like it when they go in a very different direction? Comment below and let me know!