Taking Rumpelstiltskin as her starting point, Spinning Silver is a rich, multilayered new story which is a joy to read.
The plot is based on a fairy tale but it has an inherent life that is instilled by the author. The author has portrayed the girls in a good light and portrayed them as strong personalities. The rest of the characters are reduced to mere braces. The stark and Tsar are given different shades to justify the girls’ feelings for them. Craft such complicated characters and pulling off a palpable tale need immense dexterity. Notwithstanding the suspense, the author has kept the present dominant throughout.
As with her standalone novel Uprooted, Naomi Novik has once again been influenced by classic folktales.
The narration is kept in first person by the different female characters and hence the author has put forth the perspective of the characters in different scenarios. Surprisingly, what one finds advantageous is equally advantageous throughout the book. Nonetheless, the book lags behind after Miriyems’s encounter with Irina.
Characters take the spotlight of the book. The tale becomes secondary due to the impeccable character craft and the narration that projects the characters and their lookout. The understanding between Staryk and Miriyema as well as the give and take between User and Irina are eternal and stand relevant in any era.
The climax doesn’t have any dramatic twists primarily because the book is not all about the thrilling side but about the palpable feelings of the characters and their survival. It is surreal to connect with the characters.
The roundabout of the book would be that it is a perfect fit for female fantasy lovers.
About the author
Naomi Novik is the acclaimed author of the Temeraire series and the Nebula-winning novel Uprooted, a fantasy influenced by the Polish fairy tales of her childhood. She is a founder of the Organization for Transformative Works and the Archive of Our Own. She lives in New York City with her family and six computers.