Brown Dog Book Review: Spinning Silver


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.

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So, Spinning Silver was one of those “you-have-to-read-this” books that I dove into because of #bookstagram. There’s: feminist ideals via retelling, themes of greed and sacrifice and family, strong and well-developed main characters…but, in the end, I found Spinning Silver just plain old boring.

(3) Star BDBR

If you’re into (lots of) multiple points-of-view stories, this might be your thing. Each character’s voice is colorful and distinct-ish, although I did struggle in a couple sections to decipher who was who. Possibly there’s some masterful-arc in how Novik chose which character was going to tell what piece of the story but I wasn’t smart enough to take note. Heck, I don’t know. It was just too much jumping around for my taste.

Also, there’s very little-to no romance. So, if you’re going into this thinking there’s going to be some lustful flame – you’ll be disappointed. There’s a lustful flame, let me tell you, but not of the variety you’re probably hoping for.

Overall, it was a good read, don’t get me wrong. I’m a sucker for a fairytale-retelling and SS was definitely a neat spin on Rumpselstiltskin elements. Plenty of girl-power. Just not the “mind-blowing” read I thought I was walking into.

2 Comments on “Brown Dog Book Review: Spinning Silver

  1. Great review! I still haven’t even read Uprooted, but I’ve wanted to pick these books up for a while, because so many people recommend them. No romance is A-Okay with me, but that multiple point of view thing gets me every time. I really struggle when there’s a lot of points of view if their personalities aren’t really distinct. I think I’ll probably lower my expectations a bit going in when I finally pick this one up.

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    • I hope it meets all your expectations and EXCEEDS them! I hated that I didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone else. *Shrug* It was just…different than I expected, I guess.

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