Review: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

spinning silver

The tale of Rumpelstiltskin is one of my absolute favorites so when I learned that Naomi Novik had written a short story in a collection of retold fairy tales, I hurriedly picked it up and read it. The book was The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe.

Then I discovered that the author decided to expand upon that short story and create a whole novel from it and I was even more excited! I have to say this book was much better than her previous novel, Uprooted, which I liked but couldn’t rave about. Spinning Silver, on the other hand, was a great book. I loved the simplicity of the short story and this novel held on to that for the most part. It read like a fairy tale being retold but the characters were more likable and fleshed out. I love Novik’s ability to intertwine reality with fantasy.

My only complaint about this book was that the point of view went back and forth between many characters and usually that doesn’t bother me. In this case, the POVs were not clearly notated and as a listener of the story rather than a reader, sometimes I was confused as to who was narrating the story. Reading perhaps I would not have encountered that problem. Other than that, this was a delightful fantasy story and I recommend it to anyone who likes Naomi Novik, fairy tales, or the fantasy genre.

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