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Will dark magic claim their home?

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s too kindhearted to collect his debts. They face poverty until Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work in their village. Her success creates rumours she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge - and if she fails, she’ll die. Yet if she triumphs, it may mean a fate worse than death. And in her desperate efforts to succeed, Miryem unwittingly spins a web which draws in the unhappy daughter of a lord.

Irina’s father schemes to wed her to the tsar - he will pay any price to achieve this goal. However, the dashing tsar is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of mortals and winter alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and Irina embark on a quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power and love.

New audio available from 24 July 2018.

©2018 Naomi Novik (P)2018 Penguin Random House LLC

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I think this could be one of my new favourites!!

Amazing northern European feel, with a wonderful Jewish main character. This story was just beautiful and told in the most charming way. The way it ended way perfect <3 Must read!

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  • Jenny
  • 07-24-18

Spinning gold more like

This is fantastic. Better than Uprooted even, which I loved. What a clever retelling of old fairy tales. The language is moving, the plot fast-paced and the characters fully human (even the demons).

It took a chapter to warm to the narrator, but after that I was on board.

Highly recommended literary fantasy.

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  • Johanna
  • 08-21-18

Original

Very interesting and original story. I really liked it a lot. The performance was also very good! One thing that I had troubled with at the beginning was to know who had the POW because it didn't say when it changed character and the the narrator still sounded very similar, but after a little while you got the hang of it.

I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy and strong characters. Naomi is incredibly skillfull with her writing and storytelling, and that's what makes her one of my favorite writers.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-18

Magical, with a great narrator

I absolutely loved this. The story was fantastic and the narrator did it full justice. Highly recommended

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  • Michelle
  • 08-31-18

Excellent full strength fairy tale

This will keep you guessing as you follow the three main characters through their adventures and dilemmas. The setting is fascinating, the challenges real and heart breaking. First class fantasy fiction from an author at the top of her game. I look forward to what Novik decides to write next.

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  • Lucy Hodge
  • 08-25-18

Five stars

Utterly delightful. I could barely stop listening for work or when I had to sleep. The characters and the world were rich and enchanting, and I loved every moment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-18

Good story. Confusing narration

The narrator does a similar voice for different points of view and there is no warning that the point of view has changed mid chapter! This might be ok in the book but it made me confused.

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  • Kate
  • 09-13-18

Not up to Novik's usual standard

The story is, as ever, interesting and original, but lacks her usual brilliance I'm afraid. Sure some will love it, but it didn't hook me in the same way as Temeraire or Uprooted.

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  • Miss Ash Blake
  • 09-11-18

Wonderfully written

Another delightful tale by Naomi Novik. Novik has an amazing gift for the retelling of childhood fairytales. She reimagines them through a lens of ancient twisted tales which are steeped in the harsh realities of life but also entwined within is a glimmer of hope that keeps listeners or readers caught within the world she has created. Her other book Uprooted is also delightfully written and I await her next release with anticipation.

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  • Kabbage
  • 09-01-18

Spellbinding

This story just gets richer and deeper. Vivid characters each weaving a thread of the tale with their telling. It flows from rags to riches, twisting into moral conundrum and political maneuvers, dancing through magic and myth, flirting with war and peace, only to finally settle on... Well you best listen and find out. Brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Tash
  • 08-31-18

Brilliant as always

Naomi is probably my favourite fantasy author and delivers an amazing story, yet again. Great characters, good dynamics and a lovely enchanting world. Love the eastern european folklore stories she brings into these books, it reminds me of tales our grandma would tell, but more magical even.

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  • Kate
  • 08-26-18

Glorious.

I loved this story and wanted it never to end. The story of three women, beautifully intertwined.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-26-18

You Won't be Able to Put this Book Down!

I have been in a bit of a reading funk of late, not really able to sit down and really get through a novel.

Blow me away if I didn't break that slump when I downloaded Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. I found myself entirely engrossed: immersed in her story, the characters, and their world. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it, just waiting until I could steal away from university and work to pick it up once more.

The ending left me with a bewildering feeling of sadness that it was over, as well as the sweet satisfaction that can only come from a well-told story, ended well.

If you are a fan of fairy-tail retellings, Russian folklore, interesting and distinct characters, marvellous worlds, and enough twists and turns to keep your chest tight to the very last pages, I highly recommend this audiobook.

I feel I should also mention that the primary protagonist (of which there are 3) is a Jewish girl. I was pleasantly surprised to hear this perspective in a fantasy tale. I have not come across it before and must advocate that more authors follow Novik's lead.

The reader performs well, for the most part, she has distinct voices for each POV character. Her diction can be repetitive at times but does not take away from the story at all.

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  • Mary
  • 08-16-18

Another great story by Naomi Novik

Another enjoyable story by this author. I love her story telling style, it always has pace and plot turns. The story is told from different character perspectives and sometimes I found that disconcerting. But overall I loved how she made winter into a person & magical realm. Again, well narrated by Katy Sobey.

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  • La'tarsha Murray
  • 08-10-18

Magical! My favourite book by Naomi Novik (Sorry Temeraire)

This was a beautiful story. I haven’t read anything by Naomi Novik that wasn’t beautiful but this book was truly magical. Great performance by Katy Sobey. Overall, an absolute joy. Thank you!

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  • Kristyn Woods
  • 08-02-18

I never wanted it to end! Simply wonderful!

First of all, the narrator, Katy Sobey is EVERYTHING! So glad she came back to give yet another superb narration of one of Naomi's novels (listen to Uprooted, if you haven't already). I am in awe of her talent as a voice actor. She AND Naomi Novik take you on a journey to another world in this beautiful tale, which tells the stories of three very different young women.

I love that Naomi shies away from depicting these women as perfectly beautiful creatures in a 'Cinderella-like' way. Each character is an individual with fears and flaws, capable of making mistakes or missteps. But make no mistake, these women are intelligent and courageous, and when the time comes, willing to take charge of their own destinies, despite the times and circumstances they live in.

There are echoes of many different fairytales woven into Spinning Silver, but with their own twist - Rumpelstiltskin and The Snow Queen being the main two. There is definitely a nod to the sometimes gruesome nature of the old German fairytales and fables.

This book is fantastic. I can't wait to lose myself in it again soon.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-29-18

Fantastic.

More than 13 hours of pure quality, intriguing story and entertainment. Would keep you listen long after bedtime. Looking forward to the next story from this amazing author.

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  • R. Gray
  • 07-25-18

Great story.

loved it. another great standalone novel! cant wait for the next one. highly recommend Naomi Novik.

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