For fans of Tamora Pierce and Victoria Schwab, this novel is the perfect darkly magical world to lose yourself in on a snowy evening in front of the fire.
Spinning Silver is a clever and suspenseful fantasy novel set in the heart of winter. At its center, it is a loose retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. The protagonist is Miryem, a skilled moneylender who brags that she can turn silver into gold. When the king of a race of wintry fey takes this boast a little too literally, Miryem is drawn into a world of intrigue and magic much larger than the small village where she was born. As her life grows more and more intertwined with that of an enterprising village girl, a duke's daughter, and a young tsar with a dark secret, it's not only her life at stake but also the survival of two kingdoms.
The book's rich world-building, vivid characters, and nuanced social commentary have made it one of my favorite reads of the year.