Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik

Enchanting! Spinning Silver is a magical story based loosely on the classic Rumplestiltskin, with much more complexity in characters and beautiful world-building.

The story follows the lives of three strong female characters – the daughter of a Jewish money lender, the poor peasant girl, and the privileged but neglected daughter of a lord – each making their way in life and “keeping the wolves out of the room”.

I was really excited to read this and finally found it at my local book store in Johannesburg. It’s also the first novel I read since my baby was born and encouraged me to start reading again 👍🏼

A shiveringly beautiful fairy tale.


Miryem is the daughter of a moneylender, but her father’s too kind-hearted to collect his debts. They face poverty, until Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work in their village. Her success creates rumours he can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets Miryem an impossible challenge – and if she fails, she dies. Yet if she triumphs, it could mean a fate worse than death. And in her desperate efforts to succeed, Miryem unwittingly involves the unhappy daughter of a lord.

Irina’s father schemes to wed her to the tsar. However, their dashing ruler hides a terrible secret that threatens mortals and winter alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and Irina embark on a quest that will encompass sacrifice, power and love.

“Bring me the winter king, and I will make you a summer queen.”

Spinning Silver

My Book #43 in 2018

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


GENRE: Fantasy

PAGES: 466

My 2018 Reading List


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