Shelf Control #6 | Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik


Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves created and hosted by Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post, here.


38606192Spinning Silver
by Naomi Novik

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s too kind-hearted 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.

Along with Circe, Spinning Silver is one of my most anticipated 2018 releases and, also like Circe, I still haven’t read it. With Circe I’m nervous I won’t love it as much as I loved The Song of Achilles, which I’m sure I will because they’re such different stories, but Spinning Silver is slightly different.

I’m planning to buddy read Spinning Silver with Natalie @ A Sea Change (another reason why I should have read it by now – sorry, Natalie!) who loved Uprooted, Novik’s previous fairy tale-inspired novel, but I didn’t love it as much as I’d hoped. I’ve been hoping I’ll love Spinning Silver more, however, because it’s a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin which is my favourite fairy tale, but since it’s release I’ve seen quite a lot of ‘meh’ reviews which have been putting me off.

Basically, I need to ignore all those reviews and get to this book soon! There are so many 2018 releases I’d like to read before 2019.

When it comes to anticipated releases, do you ignore reviews until you’ve read the book yourself?

4 thoughts on “Shelf Control #6 | Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

  1. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight says:

    Oh wow, sad that there are “meh” reviews- especially considering everyone went WILD over Uprooted and we felt… indifferent hah. But I hope it does end up being good- maybe the lowered expectations will actually end up helping? But yeah, I definitely avoid reviews when I haven’t read a book- especially a really anticipated one, because I want to go in knowing NOTHING!

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    1. Jess @ Jessticulates says:

      Yeah, I hope so! I’ve noticed that a lot of people who loved Uprooted haven’t liked Spinning Silver as much, so I’m hoping the opposite will be true for me. Thanks for stopping by, Shannon! 😀


  2. Lisa says:

    I need to read this too! I loved Uprooted, and bought a copy of Spinning Silver as soon as it came out — and just haven’t gotten to it yet. I just finished Song of Achilles, by the way, and thought it was so incredibly beautiful, and can’t wait for Circe!

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