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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.
Not knowing anything about the original Deathless folk tale, this ended up being an interesting read. Read morePublished 11 days ago by theblackdog
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 2 months 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 3 months ago by Sarah
I could not finish it. It started out great but then got too silly for me.Published 3 months 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 4 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 4 months ago by Nina-A. Votockova