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First Impression Friday: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

It’s time for another First Impression Friday post! For those who are unfamiliar, FIF is a weekly meme created by J.W. Martin. The goal is to talk about a book you recently started reading. Share you impressions, predict what you think will happen, say whether you think you’ll enjoy it, etc.


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.

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.

This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and so far it has totally lived up to expectations!

The plot is quick-paced and sucks you in from the very first chapter. I love the way the fairy tales that this story is based on peek through in a very obvious way, while at the same time the story is very unique. I’m not even half way through it yet, but I imagine that at no point this is going to become your average fairy tale re-telling.

The three women the story are strong, beautifully independent women. I expect that all of them are going to do some amazing things. While the three women’s paths intertwine, they all seem to be heading in different directions. I’m hoping that by the end they will come together to…I don’t even know what they’re going to do yet. (Defeat the Staryk? Steal mass quantities of gold? Set the town ablaze? Honestly, I can’t even guess.) Whatever it is, I pity the poor fools who get in the way.

My prediction: 5 out of 5 stars.


5 thoughts on “First Impression Friday: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

  1. Dang. I guess I might have to give this one a try. I know how the saying goes, but I have such trouble picking up a book when I don’t like the cover. And I’m sorry to anyone who loves this cover, but when I see it, I think U-G-L-Y, it’s ugly *clap clap* it’s ugly!

    Thanks for taking part in another FIF!

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