Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Novik’s Uprooted was the best novel I had read in a long time.  I’m thrilled that she is returning to the sub-genre with Spinning Silver.  Spinning Silver isn’t a sequel, per my understanding, but I gather it is the same sort of book as Uprooted (and they are certainly playing up the similarities with the covers).  I love this sort of story, a fairy tale fleshed out (not a deconstruction).  I am very excited about this one.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.

A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale from the bestselling author of Uprooted, which was hailed as “a very enjoyable fantasy with the air of a modern classic” by The New York Times Book Review.

With the Nebula Award–winning Uprooted, Naomi Novik opened a brilliant new chapter in an already acclaimed career, delving into the magic of fairy tales to craft a love story that was both timeless and utterly of the now. Spinning Silver draws readers deeper into this glittering realm of fantasy, where the boundary between wonder and terror is thinner than a breath, and safety can be stolen as quickly as a kiss.

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty—until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold.

When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk—grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh—Miryem’s fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. Set an impossible challenge by the nameless king, Miryem unwittingly spins a web that draws in a peasant girl, Wanda, and the unhappy daughter of a local lord who plots to wed his child to the dashing young tsar.

But Tsar Mirnatius is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and her two unlikely allies embark on a desperate quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power, and love.

Channeling the vibrant heart of myth and fairy tale, Spinning Silver weaves a multilayered, magical tapestry that readers will want to return to again and again.

Preorder Spinning Silver here.  Spinning Silver comes out on July 10.

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6 Responses to Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

  1. bormgans says:

    Have you read CSE Cooney’s collection? Should be right up your alley. There’s links to free online versions of some of the stories in my review…

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  2. I think a lot of people are excited about this one. I always enjoyed Rumpelstiltskin story as a child. Looking forward to this one!

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  3. I’m incredibly excited for this one as well! Uprooted has one of the best antagonists/villains I’d ever encountered (that final “battle” has been seared into my brain). And I’m hoping we get similarly complex characters in this one.

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  4. Ah, It’s almost there!! THE HYPE TRAIN LEFT THE STATION! I will get this book immediately, and I wouldn’t even care if it’s a copy of ‘Uprooted’, cause that book was bloody amazing 🙂

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