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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik reimagines the story of Rumplestiltskin in this long, but un-put-down-able novel.  Miryem’s father is a terrible moneylender, so much so that her mother is dying from the cold and lack of food.  Fed up with poverty and her father’s inability to do anything about it, Miryem begins to collect debts with no sympathy to her neighbors’ sad stories.  When her grandfather gives her a bag of silver and she brings the bag back full of gold, she inadvertently catches the eye of the king of the Staryk, the terrifying, cold winter fairies, and he makes her a bargain – change his silver to gold or die.   She cannot understand how the Staryk value gold over their incredibly beautiful silver.  But she does as he orders and changes everything for herself and those around her, in particular, Wanda, the daughter of a man who owes Miryem money, and Irina, a girl whose father is calculating plans for her future.

Just like Novik’s last novel, Uprooted, Spinning Silver is compelling, charming, and atmospheric.  Each of these women – Miryem, Wanda, and Irina – weave fascinating stories about their lives and their attempts to better their situations, despite the fathers who have let them down through neglect, physical abuse, and just plain weakness.  Novik created a captivating world full of magic, politics, fairies, and demons.  I can’t wait to see what she does next.

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