Book Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Published in 2018 by Macmillian

463 pages

2 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

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.

My Review:

Thank you to Pan Macmillian Australia for providing me with an Uncorrected Proof to read in exchange for an honest review!
look, I had high expectations. The plot sounded dark and intricate but I felt like, whether it was a mixture of too many POV’s, I mean, as I read on, I found the characters hard to connect with, let alone I felt like they all got lost within the other as the story progressed, and I struggled with piecing together who was even who at some parts.

I felt like the lack of character development and too many character points of view almost interfered with the plot, like okay at first I thought it was cute reading from one of Wanda’s brother’s perspective, yet, I found it didn’t add anything to the story and ultimately fell flat in terms of both plot and characterization for me.

Initially, Miriyam and Wanda stood out to me, both were polar opposites, although I did notice similar traits under their surface and even with the newly introduced Irina, the three seemed likeable enough and I felt like they were clearly capable enough to carry the story, yet things that didn’t need to happen, were happening, and the fantasy elements honestly seemed overdone.

I mean, I love dark fantasy and fantasy in general, but this just seemed melodramatic and overdone in some aspects and definitely repetitive, I felt like I was reading and reading and waiting for something to happen but things didn’t really leap off the page for me…

I’ll leave it there, thank you again Pan Macmillian Australia for providing me with a copy of this book for review.

Happy Reading,


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