If you love the wonder and enchantment of classic fairytales, this fantasy novel will enthrall you with its imaginative re-interpretation of Rumplestiltskin. The main protagonist, Miryem, is a young Jewish woman with a head for business. When she restores her father's failing money-lending business to profitability, she gains a reputation for "spinning silver into gold" and with it, the dangerous interest of a Staryk king from a realm of permanent winter. Soon, both royals and peasants are drawn into the plot, with mysterious forces manipulating the tsar and endangering the entire empire. With beautiful prose, indelible characters and a page-turning plot, this is a story you will not just read, but inhabit.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)