I have been wanting to do this kind of post for a long time and I have finally done it. Truthfully, there are several kinds of tarot card posts I want to start doing so look out for those too!

I am going to start implementing this into my monthly TBR. So every month, one of the books in my tbr will be chosen by a tarot card.

Ace of Pentacles

So for June, the card I got was the Ace of Pentacles. The Ace of Pentacles upright stands for abundance, and is associated with wealth and reversed stands for lost opportunity due to hesitation and bad planning.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

For the Ace of Cards, I chose Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold.

When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk–grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh–Miryem’s fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. Set an impossible challenge by the nameless king, Miryem unwittingly spins a web that draws in a peasant girl, Wanda, and the unhappy daughter of a local lord who plots to wed his child to the dashing young tsar.

But Tsar Mirnatius is not what he seems. And the secret he hides threatens to consume the lands of humans and Staryk alike. Torn between deadly choices, Miryem and her two unlikely allies embark on a desperate quest that will take them to the limits of sacrifice, power, and love.

Review

I gave Spinning Silver 5 stars! I loved the book. I love retellings and this was a retelling of Rumplestiltskin but manages to be inspired by it while being totally unique. The story felt rich and wasn’t a book I could speed through like usual but was still incredibly interesting and enjoyable. I would also categorize it as a feminist read as it follow 3 main POVs of women taking back their power and fighting against marriages they didn’t want. I enjoyed all of the main characters and their parts of the story. I also liked that the book wasn’t predictable. I wasn’t able to see how things were going to wrap up and how the stories were going to come together, which made the experience more interesting and captivating.

There is Jewish representation which I thought was interesting because I had always wondered if the story of Rumplestiltskin had been anti-semitic in nature. I don’t have the background to say for sure but upon doing research I discovered that Naomi Novik had actually addressed those roots of the fairytale and how she spun it on its head for Spinning Silver. I invite you to read her Waterstones interview on the subject.

I could see this book not doing so well with readers who don’t like long, rich fairytales. I have also noticed most of the negative reviews for this book were from people who listened to the audiobook and had trouble understanding the different POVs because of the way the audiobook is structured. I do feel that is a little unfair to the author who has nothing to do with the audiobook versions of their novel but are harmed by negative reviews. I would hope that people who choose audiobooks would be careful about bringing down the authors Goodreads rating for something out of their control.

All together, the universe picked me a good book! I can’t wait to see what it recommends next!


What do you think? Do you like this tbr prompt? Did you read Spinning Silver. Let me know!

Thanks for reading!