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When I did begin to read the book I was immediately mesmerized by it from the very first paragraph.
Valente did her research well, and I find myself very interested in reading a history of that period, so compelling a background did it form in this novel.
There is a lot of beautiful intense prose, careful world-building and complex characters to create a banquet for the reader.
Many people seem to buy into Valente's self-driven hype machine. Her website actually lists her books and asks people to nominate them for awards. Read morePublished 3 days ago by something wild
"I am not Koschei the Deathless anymore. After love, no one is what they were before."
Wow. Read more
This was an incredible book. I was confused a bit at first because I don't have the historical background that's helpful in understanding the time period and mythology, but after... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah
I could not finish it. It started out great but then got too silly for me.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very well written. Perhaps a bit saucy for my enormously prudish self, but it feels wrong to take off a star for that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by havocfett
So I saw this for the first time on tumblr, asked few people about it and they highly recommended it. Wasn't enough to be a good book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nina-A. Votockova
An ambitious novel that weaves traditional Russian folk lore amid Russia’s turbulent history between 1930-1940. Read morePublished 9 months ago by audrey
I'm a student of Russian Studies and therefore know at least a little about Russian folklore and the Soviet Union and such. Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. E.