As in her previous book, Uprooted, Naomi Novik combines folklore and fairy tale and creates something relevant and new. The story centers on Miryem, a young girl from a poor village who has taken over her father’s money lending trade. He has allowed his family to become practically destitute while most of the well-fed villagers owe him money they’ve never even tried to repay. Of course there is also magic and an Ice King and a demon but best of all, strong girls working together to take care of things and Get Things Done.
–Shelley Regimbal, The Duck Store, Eugene, OR