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Publisher Description

Will dark magic claim their home?

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, 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 she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge – and if she fails, she’ll die. Yet if she triumphs, it may mean a fate worse than death. And in her desperate efforts to succeed, Miryem unwittingly spins a web which draws in the unhappy daughter of a lord.

Irina’s father schemes to wed her to the tsar – he will pay any price to achieve this goal. However, the dashing tsar is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of mortals and winter alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and Irina embark on a quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power and love.

As with her standalone novel Uprooted, Naomi Novik has once again been influenced by classic folktales. Taking Rumpelstiltskin as her starting point, Spinning Silver is a rich, multilayered new story which is a joy to read.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Katy Sobey
hr min
12 July
Pan Macmillan

Customer Reviews

Budgiewoi ,

A fairytale to enjoy

It starts slow but the intrigue builds and builds. You fairly gallop to the end of the book just to find out what happens next. The narrator has the type voice that lends itself to the telling of fairytales - a good choice. The book could be improved to aid the audio experience by assisting the reader with audio cues to know when the protagonist’s voice changes from one character to the next. (Eg by chapter changes, chapter headings, etc) Otherwise a great book and an enjoyable read.

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