The Girl in the Tower is a magnificent novel, rich in history and filled with the magic that warms dark nights and lingers in memory. It is a fairy tale deftly woven, that easily mesmerizes the reader transporting them to a time long past in a country foreign in nature and experience. Vasya is not a beautiful princess, instead she is far more - a woman who dreams, unafraid of challenging the status quo, unwilling to accept the constrained life even fortunate women must endure. She sees what has been forgotten, beings fading in time and memory. Some say she is a witch, but she doesn’t know what she is. Her power lies in her courage and uniqueness and her willingness to act and remember. Vasya is at once hero and pawn in a game where elder powers struggle to remain and monotheism is on the rise.
The Bear and the Nightingale is a gorgeous fantasy that takes the reader deep into the mythos of old Russia. It is a tale for anyone who loves fairy tales, for their magic, mystery, beauty and danger. It is a novel fueled by firelight and dreams, seasoned both by hope and despair. The Bear and the Nightingale is one of the best fairytale fantasies I have read. It is a pleasure to experience the Russia of the past through the eyes of Katherine Arden.
Russia is changing, slowly leaving the old ways and accepting Christianity. The beings of myth and imagination are growing less powerful and are slowly fading away. Vasilisa, like her grandmother, is a girl gifted with the ability to See what others do not. It is with her that hope for the future lies. The Bear, the god of hunger and destruction is eager to awak...
Be careful what you wish for, for those with the power to grant those wishes can be capricious and cruel.
Roses and Rot is a book for those who love fairy tales. Not the simple ones with happy endings, but the older kind, where the kindly folk are rarely kind and beauty deceives, where the only tools one has against their power are creativity and determination. This is a tale of magic, of the beauty and innovation of art, and the all-consuming hunger for success. This is a tale of love and sacrifice. What would you trade? What would you be willing to give up for all your dreams to come true? How far would you go to prove yourself worthy? Herein lies the core of Roses and Rot, and here lies its power.
Themes from fairy tales echo repeatedly throughout the novel. Within the suffering Imogen and her sister endure at the hands of their mother before coming to Melete; w...
The Case of the Fickle Mermaid: A Brothers Grimm Mystery
By PJ Brackston
Sci Fi & Fantasy, Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date: January 25, 2016
Although The Case of the Fickle Mermaid starts slowly, readers who are patient are rewarded with an entertaining tale. Hansel and Gretel have grown up, with little to show from their original misadventure than a degree of notoriety. Gretel has turned this to her advantage, offering her services as a detective, while Hansel follows along. Unlike his sharp witted but somewhat pompous sister, Hansel puts people at ease and has a talent for gambling and cooking.
The Captain of the Arabella hires Gretel to investigate a series of disappearances. Members of the crew are missing, and there are whispers hinting a mermaid is responsible. Gold and the offer of a free cruise are a powerful incentive for Gretel, as the payment from her last case is rapidly disappearing. She anticipates an easy case and a luxurious cruise....