Miryem is the daughter of an unsuccessful moneylender. When she takes to collecting her father’s debt to save her starving family, she achieves notoriety for her ability to bargain. Her fabled ability to trade silver and come back with gold catches the attention of the Staryk King. This king of winter binds her in a bargain to save his threatened country. Soon, Miryem’s bargain becomes a dangerous gamble that risks the fate of two kingdoms. It also draws two other women and their loved ones into the struggle.
With the ring of old Russian fairy tales, Spinning Silver creates a cold and intriguing magical world. Novik’s characters and lyrical writing make a captivating story for a variety of readers. This is sold as a teen novel, but will appeal to fairy tale lovers of all ages.