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Spinning Silver av Naomi Novik
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Spinning Silver (utgåvan 2018)

av Naomi Novik

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Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk--grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh--Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. Set an impossible challenge by the nameless king, Miryem unwittingly spins a web that draws in a peasant girl, Wanda, and the unhappy daughter of a local lord who plots to wed his child to the dashing young tsar. But Tsar Mirnatius is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and her two unlikely allies embark on a desperate quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power, and love.… (mer)
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Titel:Spinning Silver
Författare:Naomi Novik
Info:Del Rey, Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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I have a lot of mixed feelings. It was a good book, well written. It incorporated so many different fairytales into one complex, fairly empowering story of women twisting tropes on their heads, using intelligence and savvy and raw guts to get out of difficult situations. I even saw a nodd towards one of my favorite fairytale factoids (that werewolves were a way of discussing domestic violence and arose out of that lack of language which we have in modern times.)

But the six...seven?? (I lost track) first person point of views felt dizzying at times, flipping from one to the next sometimes even within the same chapter. I'd say the start is quite slow as the pieces slowly assemble and characters move into place. And the magic in the Staryk realm didn't make sense to me. I think for this one, you buy into it or you don't (that brags fulfilled translate into reality, basically.)

I'm also a little uneasy with the relationships portrayed. I remember feeling this way with Uprooted, too. There's big red flags for me in most fantasy romance arcs, and Novik isn't exempt from that.

Still, I gave it 4 stars because I think it has a lot to offer, is compulsively readable, and excellently structured. I'll still read her books in future (having read all of Temeraire) and would still recommend her to fantasy fans looking for an iconic female fantasy author. ( )
  Sunyidean | Sep 7, 2021 |
Naomi Novik published this book in 2018 and it won the 2019 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel. It was also nominated for 2019 Hugo Award for Best Novel. To me it is three things; a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, a mythic fable exploring mankind’s battle with winter, and the story of the powerless finding hope, strength and ultimately the power to overcome evil and subjugation. It is the third aspect that gave me the most enjoyment. I’m somehow fascinated with stories that deal with the underdog, whether it’s the Hobbits in Lord of the Rings, or Gandhi verses the British Empire. The ability of the downtrodden’s ability to find influence especially through non-violence, never fails to spark enthusiasm and intrigue for me.

Honestly, this was not a quick read for me, in fact at many points, I found it to be laborious. But I never wanted to give up, I somehow knew that the ending would be satisfying, and it was. Novik tells the tale from many character perspectives and this is jarring at first. In fact, she occasionally retells a scene, from an alternate perspective, which I found unusual and it caused me to step out of the story momentarily to contemplate the technique. However, after a while, I accepted this, and it became a game to me, to see how quickly I could deduce which character’s point of view was taken in a new section. As a reader, I do like to work a little!

The plot follows largely follows three women, all who’s dismal future is laid out in front of them, and all who dare to fight against that future. Their stories are entwined in excellent ways. The story also weaves components of the Rumpelstiltskin myth and the parable of human’s struggle against winter. Novak’s prose feels like a classic fairy tale without feeling old-fashioned or dated.

A slower paced, but enjoyable fable with great fantasy worldbuilding, intertwined themes and characters, and a strong and satisfying ending. ( )
  Kevin_A_Kuhn | Aug 23, 2021 |
Spinning Silver is one of the best books I've read in quite a while, and I don't think I'll be able to do it justice in a review. It's a wonderfully executed long-form fairy tale (it's so long and so rich that I thought the novel might be reaching a reasonably satisfying conclusion, only to find that it had just finished establishing the premise). Despite opposites being pitted against each other as is traditional in fairy tales, we get deliberately blurry lines about what's good and evil from our viewpoint characters, and the author just lets us sit with it. The commentary on Judaism and Eastern Europe is understated and fascinating, as is the inclusion of autism. Even though I sometimes found it difficult to know which of the three female leads was giving the point-of-view (they're foils for each other), the rest of the story depth more than makes up for that challenge.

Strongly recommended to everyone who likes fairy tales, as well as anyone who likes Novik's writing even if fairy tales aren't particularly enticing. ( )
  pammab | Aug 11, 2021 |
This was just such a beautiful read. You can really see how much time and work went into this. ( )
  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
The real story isn’t half as pretty as the one you’ve heard. The real story is, the miller’s daughter with her long golden hair wants to catch a lord, a prince, a rich man’s son, so she goes to the moneylender and borrows for a ring and a necklace and decks herself out for the festival. And she’s beautiful enough, so the lord, the prince, the rich man’s son notices her, and dances with her, and tumbles her in a quiet hayloft when the dancing is over, and afterwards he goes home and marries the rich woman his family has picked out for him. Then the miller’s despoiled daughter tells everyone that the moneylender’s in league with the devil, and the village runs him out or maybe even stones him, so at least she gets to keep the jewels for a dowry, and the blacksmith marries her before that firstborn child comes along a little early. Because that’s what the story’s really about: getting out of paying your debts.

The only other Naomi Novik book I've read was [b:His Majesty's Dragon|28876|His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)|Naomi Novik|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1376392909l/28876._SY75_.jpg|726205], which I didn't overly care for. Which makes it all the more surprising how much I loved Spinning Silver.

In short, it's a mish mash of various fairy tell retellings and Eastern European folklore into a truly fantastic world with wonderful characters.

The world feels like a cousin of late Middle Age into the 16-1700s Eastern Europe. With Tsars and Dukes and Jews and castles. But there are hints of magic right from the beginning and you're never quite sure just how fantastic this world actually is--or if the locals are just a superstitious lot--up until the fairy king shows up, demanding gold. Then things really start to get crazy.

Characterwise, we have Miryem, daughter of the local moneylender and far better at it than her father ever was. Her ability to 'spin silver into gold' attracts the Staryk king (basically a winter fairy) and she's forced to make silver and then eventually marry him--although neither seem thrilled with that particular relationship.

And more to the point, I was reasonably certain he wasn’t going to try and devour my soul. My expectations for a husband had lowered.

Tied with Miryem's plot is Wanda, a girl from a poor family with a good head on her shoulders and a fairly terrible father, but who is determined to be a good person anyways and ends up growing together with Miryem's family.

Then there's Irina, the duke's daughter and eventually the wife of the young tsar... Who of course has bound himself to a fire demon who seeks to devour everything--most especially the Staryk.

So the fairy silver brought you a monster of fire for a husband, and me a monster of ice. We should put them in a room together and let them make us both widows.

It's a beautifully written story and world and a plot that actually kept surprising me time and again, as I expected the story to be heading for a conclusion, only for another twist to amp things up once more.

It's interesting seeing the Jewish aspect of the story and to dig a bit into the antisemitism of the time (and all time really) and to turn the idea of Jewish moneylenders all about.

I think my main downside to the book is that every single chapter has multiple points of view and it can at times be rather difficult to figure out who's head you're currently in, since each is written in the first person. Some are easy, some are not. There are symbols before each section, but if those were supposed to represent the characters, either my Kindle copy messed something u or they were just too similar.

Overall though, one of the best stories I've read this year. Well worth the time.

Now I really want to read [b:Uprooted|22544764|Uprooted|Naomi Novik|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1550135418l/22544764._SX50_.jpg|41876730]. And who knows. Perhaps I'll give [b:His Majesty's Dragon|28876|His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)|Naomi Novik|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1376392909l/28876._SY75_.jpg|726205] another chance.
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  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
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[A] book of not very comforting stories, 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.
tillagd av melmore | ändraNew York Times, Choire Sicha (Aug 3, 2018)
 
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. It’s a bright new installment from an author who’s poised to become one of the definitive YA voices of her era.
tillagd av melmore | ändraVox, Constance Grady (Jul 20, 2018)
 
I'm in awe of how Novik spins moldy, hateful straw into warm and glimmering gold.
tillagd av aspirit | ändraNPR Books, Amal El-Mohtar (Jul 17, 2018)
 
In spare prose of great clarity Novik weaves in and out of multiple first-person narratives in sometimes-illuminating, sometimes-disconcerting or confusing ways, exploring human and alien social structures and ethnic prejudices, fathers and daughters, damaged relationships and hidden agendas, wringing unexpected consequences from seemingly simple choices.
tillagd av melmore | ändraKirkus Reivews (Jul 10, 2018)
 
This gorgeous, complex, and magical novel, grounded in Germanic, Russian, and Jewish folklore but richly overlaid with a cohesive, creative story of its own, rises well above a mere modern re- imagining of classic tales.
tillagd av melmore | ändraPublisher's Weekly (Jul 1, 2018)
 

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Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty--until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk--grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh--Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. Set an impossible challenge by the nameless king, Miryem unwittingly spins a web that draws in a peasant girl, Wanda, and the unhappy daughter of a local lord who plots to wed his child to the dashing young tsar. But Tsar Mirnatius is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and her two unlikely allies embark on a desperate quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power, and love.

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