I picked up Spinning Silver as one of my books from July’s Book of the Month box and after reading it, I am kicking myself for not making it the first book I read this month. Spinning Silver has concerted itself in my top books of the year.
Miryem’s father and grandfather are both moneylenders, but their success could not be further apart. When Miryem grows tired of her father’s soft heart and inability to collect on his loans she decides to do the job herself. Turning herself cold to the villager’s excuses she collects on their debt with interest, pulling her family out of poverty and growing a reputation for turning silver into gold.
Unknowingly, Miryem’s spreading reputation has caught the attention of the king of winter, a mystical creature whose people are feared by mortals, and he wants to use her gift for his own gain.
Spinning Silver is described as a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, and all 480 pages read as easily as a fairytale. I literally could not put this book down; my first reading session was 50 pages, my second was 430. For seven hours I was completely entangled in the novel’s world. Its imagery and design will engulf you as though you’ve had a spell cast over your mind and once the story begins you will not want it to end.
If you’re a fan of retellings, dark fairytales, or fantasy this a book you will not want to miss.
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