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A beautiful, magical tale, and a thought-provoking meditation on paying what is owed.
16 July 2018
Spinning Silver is a beautiful, magical tale, full of richly drawn, flawed and limited characters doing their very best in desperate situations and achieving more than they could have imagined. The events of the story may have been inspired by the story of Rumplestiltskin, but though names are important, and stuff is turned to gold, and kings and queens and children feature heavily, knowing the tale gives very few clues to how the plot will go. Delightfully, all the strongest, cleverest characters, good and bad alike, are female; which is not to say the males are incidental or even weak, just that the females are spectacular.
On another level, this story is an engaging mediation on the nature of indebtedness, and gifts; of honour and honesty. Love wins in the end, but it is long in making its appearance. Until then the tale is ruled by cold justice and fair return, or hot injustice.
As always, Novik's writing is fluent, engaging, and often poetic. It conveys the flavour of it's setting in its very cadences. I highly recommend this!