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Naomi Novik
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Spinning Silver

Naomi Novik


Del Rey

Fantasy » Epic Fantasy;
Fantasy » Fairy Tale;
Fantasy » Questing;
Paranormal Romance » Magic


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Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will be the same again. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued. Channeling the heart of the classic fairy tale, Novik deftly interweaves six distinct narrative voices - each learning valuable lessons about sacrifice, power and love - into a rich, multilayered fantasy that readers will want to return to again and again.

By:   Naomi Novik
Imprint:   Del Rey
Country of Publication:   United States
Weight:   567g
ISBN:   9780399180989
ISBN 10:   0399180982
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

NAOMI NOVIK received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer at the 2007 World Science Fiction Convention. In 2016 she won the Nebula Award for best novel for Uprooted. An avid reader of fantasy literature, Novik is also a history buff with a particular interest in the Napoleonic era and a fondness for the work of Patrick O'Brian and Jane Austen. In 2011 she published her first graphic novel, Will Supervillains Be on the Final? She lives in New York City with her family and six computers.

A perfect tale . . . This book is about the determination and quiet competence of women doing remarkable things without knowing first that they can do them. . . . A big and meaty novel, rich in both ideas and people, with the vastness of Tolkien and the empathy and joy in daily life of Le Guin. --The New York Times Book Review Gorgeous, complex, and magical . . . This is the kind of book that one might wish to inhabit forever. --Publishers Weekly (starred review) A book as cool and mysterious as a winter's night, with two marvelous heroines at its heart, Spinning Silver pits the cold of endless winter against the fires of duty, love, and sacrifice. I couldn't put it down. --Katherine Arden, New York Times bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale Masterly . . . Novik addresses weighty questions of power, choice, prejudice, beauty, and identity with aplomb. --Library Journal (starred review) Naomi Novik knows how to weave words into magic, and Spinning Silver enchants the reader from the first page. This magnificent tale of three courageous young women who find the power to change their fates will catch you in its spell and linger long after the last chapter is read. --Christina Henry, nationally bestselling author of The Mermaid A brilliant reclamation of 'Rumpelstiltskin, ' digging deep into that story's anti-Semitism and pulling up something nourishing from the roots . . . One of the year's strongest fantasy novels . . . I'm in awe of how Novik spins moldy, hateful straw into warm and glimmering gold. --Amal El-Mohtar, NPR A thoughtful, emotionally complex, absorbing drama. --Kirkus Reviews Novik has a knack for creating richly layered fantasy worlds with complex social dynamics, ruthless rulers and epic plot twists; her poetic narratives often recast magical motifs in unexpected ways. . . . This one, a stand-alone retelling of the Brothers Grimm's 'Rumpelstiltskin, ' includes a feminist exploration of the politics of money. --Newsweek The Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale has never been as captivating. . . . Spinning Silver further cements [Novik's] place as one of the genre greats. --Paste Deftly woven and highly immersive. --Tordotcom An inventive retelling. --Bustle A stroke of genius . . . Novik's characters are compelling, and the moral choices they are faced with are genuinely difficult. . . . Her tone can move from gently humorous, to sweepingly epic, to piercingly sad easily, and back again. . . . Even better than Uprooted. --Locus Spinning Silver follows in the tradition set by Robin McKinley of fairy-tale worlds populated by fairy-tale characters who feel like real people, and of princesses with strength and agency. But it moves the tradition forward. --Vox This fairy land is all too human, riven by misogyny and bigotry, poverty and oppression. . . . [Novik] has constructed a social whole whose contradictions feel lived in. --Chicago Tribune Dauntless women, cruel lords, and wayward fairies come together in a beautifully realized world. Brimming over with fairy tale magic, Spinning Silver proves Naomi Novik to be a master fantasist at the top of her game. --Zen Cho, award-winning author of Sorcerer to the Crown

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