I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
on 10th July 2018
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Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders... but her father isn't a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife's dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers' pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed--and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.
But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it's worth--especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.
Spinning Silver was a book I was desperate to love and enjoy, and for a while I did. I think where Spinning Silver really shines is the beginning and the end. For me, the middle was where I really struggled. I got to the point with the story where I just wanted it to be over if I’m honest, the characters began to bore me a little and I thought the pace slowed down to slower than a walk. I was kinda chomping at the bit for something to happen or just anything exciting to happen. There is definitely a lot more description than action in this book.
I loved the premise of this book and I thought that there was definite potential for the storyline. I thought the way the story was framed as a Rumplestiltskin retelling was well done and the links were well distinguished in the story. I definitely loved the culture that was woven all the way through this story and the way I recognised some of it and learnt an awful lot. PLUS it wasn’t thrown in your face as some books will but was subtle and well written. To be honest, I have nothing bad to say about the actual writing, I think this book is beautifully written and the world artfully crafted, the pacing was just a little off for me.
The part where Spinning Silver went wrong for me was the fact that there were SO many characters and most of them have their own point of view which in some cases added something to the story and others just added to the word count and didn’t really added to the story. I just got to the point where I wanted to find out what happened in the end because I was so invested but really couldn’t read any more of the different point of views.
I would have loved without giving too much away for the ending to be more developed than it was. I think having more about how everything ended and the measures that were taken to get to the solution that was reached. I was way more interested in the politics and everything surrounding that then some of the characters and their stories. It just felt that the ending was a little rushed and I just wasn’t satisfied. Which was a shame really, I just wished I could have switched the focus of the ending and the middle.
I don’t know whether I would recommend this book because I don’t know whether I will be picking it up again. The weird thing is even with all my issues with the story I wouldn’t rule out picking it up again and I’m even considering going out to grab a physical copy so I can have it on my shelves. So completely mixed feelings on this one!
Have you read Spinning Silver? What were your feelings on the storyline? Did you have the same issues that I did? Let me know in the comments!
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