Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
From the first chapter, Spinning Silver hooked me in deep and got a powerful grip over me. Naomi Novik’s writing is so beautiful, she made Miryem’s world come alive for me.
“Of course I was afraid. But I had learned to fear other things more: being despised, whittled down one small piece of myself at a time, smirked at and taken advantage of.”
Miryem was impressive. She didn’t let her circumstances push her down and cut her to pieces. No, she stood up on her own two feet and took the reins of her life in her own hands. I admired her so much.
The two other principle characters, Wanda and Irina, were just as inspiring with their own stories—their own trials to get through and hurdles to face.
And the Staryk Lord? Oh, my God, he was breathtaking! Yes, I have the weird tendency to fall for cold warriors with a lot of pride…and a boatload of honor and a penchant for fair deals. Miryem and the Staryk lord were my favorite part of this book.
The only complaint I have is that when the viewpoints changed, no sign was given as to whose it was. It wasn’t until you read a few paragraphs in that chapter that you realized whose head you were in and through whose eyes you were viewing the world. However, I’m glad that I could follow the story and despite that little annoyance, this book was still a full 5 stars for me.
Fantastic story-telling, absolutely brilliant world-building, beautiful writing, unforgettable characters, excellent plot-line, a climax that was so engrossing that it kept me at the edge of my seat (short of biting my fingernails) with an ending that left me in smiles. Spinning Silver was epic!