- Series: Legends of the Five Directions (Book 1)
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Five Directions Press; 2 edition (July 2, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1947044206
- ISBN-13: 978-1947044203
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,418,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Vermilion Bird vividly envisions the culture clash between Russians and Tatars in the sixteenth century. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this glimpse into a seldom explored corner of history, while fans of romance will delight in the unlikely love that blooms between a bluff Tatar prince and his scheming Russian bride--who is also the stepdaughter of his former lover."--Linnea Hartsuyker, author of The Half-Drowned King
"Lyrical and compelling, The Swan Princess draws the reader into the world of sixteenth-century Russia, a world unfamiliar to many readers, which becomes vividly real in the hands of this master storyteller. The characters of Nasan, Daniil, and the others leap off the page. Perhaps most intriguing is the portrayal of the clash between the two vibrant but alien cultures of the Russians and the Tatars--frequently at war, occasionally bound by an uneasy and watchful peace."--Ann Swinfen, author of Voyage to Muscovy
"An action and suspense-infused historical adventure that kept me turning the pages right to the end. The characters are so well-drawn, the historical facts so cleverly woven into the narrative, time and place so brilliantly evoked, I felt I was experiencing sixteenth-century Russia firsthand."--Liza Perrat, author of the Bone Angel Trilogy
"C. P. Lesley directs her cast of fictional and historical characters with an authority that can only come from a fervent understanding of the cultures and values of the times. With deft strokes she brings the characters fully to life--revealing their psyches and the depths of their motivations--without ever impeding the pace of the story. The Swan Princess is a beautifully written, perfectly balanced historical novel by an author who knows her stuff and has mastered her craft."--Joan Schweighardt, author of The Last Wife of Attila the Hun
"A richly depicted, exciting adventure set amongst the Tatars of 16th-century Central Russia. Fans of historical romance will find this a delight."--Yangsze Choo, author of The Ghost Bride
"A 'ripping good yarn, ' as adventure stories have always been. Enter the exotic, cut-throat world of sixteenth-century Muscovy in the company of a Tatar princess whose skills would have made her equally a heroine on the American frontier. The Kremlin court of the not-yet-Terrible toddler Ivan and his mother-regent Elena Glinskaya, boyar intrigue, arranged political marriages, spirit animals and ancestors pointing the way to restoring balance and order in the universe--what more could a reader want except further adventures, which are heralded by the advent of another animal messenger?"--Ann M. Kleimola, professor emerita of history, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"Swiftly paced, with compelling characters and vivid scenes evoking distant Muscovy, The Golden Lynx is a find for lovers of historical fiction."--Russian Life
About the Author
C. P. Lesley, a historian, is the author of "The Not Exactly Scarlet Pimpernel" and two series: Legends of the Five Directions and Tarkei Chronicles. She is currently working on a third series, Songs of Steppe & Forest, which will appear starting in 2018.
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And indeed, the descriptions of life amongst the Tatars and boyars of that era are superb. It isn't my area of expertise, but I know enough to recognize that it is painstakingly researched and written from a breadth and depth of knowledge that surpasses my own. Normally when I read books set in Russia or some Russian-esque society, I spend a lot of time rolling my eyes at the author's ill-advised attempts to show off their superficial knowledge, which rather ruins the book for me. In this case, though, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the running of the households in Kasimov and Moscow, and all the little historical details the author throws in.
This is not, however, a dense book. In many ways it reads like conventional historical romance, which is either its biggest weakness or biggest strength, depending on how you feel about that sort of thing. If you hunger for stories of young women unexpectedly finding love in marriages of convenience, despite their ungirlish, uppity, "feminist" behavior (which in no way causes them gain true temporal power), then this is yet another of those stories for you. This is an extremely popular plot, and for good reason, but I've never really warmed to it. However, true fans of romance novels will probably love it. And I have to give major props to the author for creating a Muslim Tatar heroine, which is a first for my reading experience. Furthermore, the heroine's ethnicity and faith are worked organically into the plot, rather than seeming like a cheap, superficial ploy.
In fact, the construction of the book is top-notch overall. The multi-faceted plot is deftly done, with multiple points of view interwoven to best heighten the tension, and the romantic, political, and family plot lines all coming together in a tense denouement. A real page-turner, and will probably delight readers of historical romance as well as readers looking for some lighter "Russian-flavored" fare.
Yes, elite clans battle for control of the toddler who will one day become Ivan the Terrible. But this is the background story. In the foreground of this story is Nasan, a 16-year-old warrior princess of a Tartar clan. She is sent away from her family and homeland to a far-off Russian stronghold. There she must play wife to a Russian noble--a renown playboy--who is kin to the man who killed her brother right in front of her. The murder triggered a battle. Nasan is the peace offering.
So how does a warrior princess spend her nights while her husband is away? Heroically, of course. With the aid of her spirit grandmothers she sneaks out of the Russian fortress nightly to do good, Batman-style, and return before breakfast. And what is her husband doing all this time? He's trying to find the real killer of Nasan's brother. If he only knew that The Golden Lynx, Nasan's heroic alter ego, is already discovering the answer.
Adventure, sociology and mysticism in a single package. Well done.
So far, I love it. It is interesting that the protagonist is a young Muslim woman and I like the way the author portrays her, her family, and her Tatar culture. And I can't wait to read the next book in the series. The fact that "The Golden Lynx" is but the first in a series is great! I so enjoy a collection of books that allow a story to be thoroughly developed and the characters evolved over time. I get so engrossed that it is such a letdown when the series ends. Fortunately, I'll have to wait awhile for this story to end.
The story of Nasan, the young Tatar princess, starts strongly, with just enough action, people's relationship, politics and drama to keep me glued to the pages. Set in an unusual for the mainstream historical fiction time and place, this novel provided me with the opportunity to broad my knowledge on the places I knew very little about.
The cultural clash it presented was delightful, wonderfully realistic. It made me learn an enormous amount of history and customs unfamiliar to me so far, and this what I love about historical fiction the best - the opportunity to learn without noticing the process, while enjoying a good story.
The characters in this novel were delightfully real, realistic, making one realize that while circumstances, customs, traditions and way of life were different, people were always people, with their basic passions and drives.
All in a all, a delightful read I would highly recommend to the lovers of historical fiction.