Spinning Silver

Naomi Novik
Spinning Silver Cover

Spinning Silver


Like its predecessor Uprooted, this book is a retelling of a fairy tale, this one more well-known, infused with Slavic myth and culture. It is loosely based on Rumpelstiltskin. It features three women of different classes whose paths become intertwined when the faerie king, known as the Staryk (which I think would mean "old one" in Polish) king, prevents winter from receding. It is very similar to Uprooted in storytelling style, pacing, and prose. I really enjoyed the book, which won the Mythopoeic Award and was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and other awards in 2018 and 2019.

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