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The Witch and the Tsar
The Witch and the Tsar | Olesya Salnikova Gilmore
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"A delicate weaving of myth and history, The Witch and the Tsar breathes new life into stories you think you know."Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf In this stunning debut novel, the maligned and immortal witch of legend known as Baba Yaga will risk all to save her country and her people from Tsar Ivan the Terribleand the dangerous gods who seek to drive the twisted hearts of men. As a half-goddess possessing magic, Yaga is used to living on her own, her prior entanglements with mortals having led to heartbreak. She mostly keeps to her hut in the woods, where those in need of healing seek her out, even as they spread rumors about her supposed cruelty and wicked spells. But when her old friend Anastasianow the wife of the tsar, and suffering from a mysterious illnessarrives in her forest desperate for her protection, Yaga realizes the fate of all of Russia is tied to Anastasias. Yaga must step out of the shadows to protect the land she loves. As she travels to Moscow, Yaga witnesses a sixteenth century Russia on the brink of chaos. Tsar Ivansoon to become Ivan the Terriblegrows more volatile and tyrannical by the day, and Yaga believes the tsaritsa is being poisoned by an unknown enemy. But what Yaga cannot know is that Ivan is being manipulated by powers far older and more fearsome than anyone can imagine. Olesya Salnikova Gilmore weaves a rich tapestry of mythology and Russian history, reclaiming and reinventing the infamous Baba Yaga, and bringing to life a vibrant and tumultuous Russia, where old gods and new tyrants vie for power. This fierce and compelling novel draws from the timeless lore to create a heroine for the modern day, fighting to save her country and those she loves from oppression while also finding her true purpose as a goddess, a witch, and a woman.
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Not sure how to feel… this books been on my TBR since this spring and I finally picked up a copy from my library. But 2 pages in and the writing style is such a turn off for me. It feels clunky. I‘ll read the first 50 pages to give it a chance but right now I‘m feeling pretty disappointed.

Suet624 Well that‘s a bummer. 5d
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I wasn't sure about this novel at first; its blend of Russian-flavored fairy tale and historical fiction took some getting used to. Yaga, demonized in folk tale as Baba Yaga, is the immortal daughter of the earth goddess Mokosh. She just wants to live in the woods with her animal friends and her chicken-legged hut, healing the occasional villager, but when she's drawn into mortal affairs, she must fight to save Russia from a blood-thirsty tsar.

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Of all the books I‘ve read so far this year, I think this one is my favorite. It has all the elements that I absolutely love in a story: historical aspects, fantasy, woman empowerment, love and connection between characters, drama and tragedy, magic, and a strong yet flawed protagonist. I love Gilmore‘s rendition of Baba Yaga as a character, she‘s my favorite Baba Yaga and I‘ve loved getting to know her in this story. Kinda sad it‘s over…

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“Hope dies last…”

Trashcanman Hope can't die if it never existed 19h
jen_the_scribe @Trashcanman There‘s always hope… sometimes you have to dig a little deeper ❤️ 9h
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“Perhaps marriage was not ownership so much as choice. To choose to define each other in terms of forever, even in times of darkness, even in death. Wasn‘t there a certain freedom in that? Freedom in certainty, and in love, which grounded someone like me in the face of life‘s chaos.”

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Completed all assignments for my current courses last night, and this is the first weekend in a while where I get to mostly relax. Enjoying my new bedspread a little while longer while I slowly sip my coffee, journal, and read. I‘ve been really enjoying this book, and I think I‘ll be able to finish it this weekend 😊

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PatriciaU
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So torn on this one. The writing is beautiful with an engaging plot, but this is SO much like Katherine Arden‘s Winternight Trilogy. Similar plot, similar characters, similar folklore, even the same names in some instances. This felt like a prologue to Winternight except it is set after Arden‘s trilogy. Any thoughts on this, fellow readers?

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Enjoying the cool weather (by Florida standards, anyway) after hurricane Ian. I‘m grateful we had minimal damage and we‘re safe. We have some work to do to fix up a few things around here and help out some neighbors, but for the moment, I‘m going to enjoy this book.

Pruzy Glad your were only minimally affected by the hurricane! Great reading area! 2mo
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“Pride is an illusion and the path to conceit.”

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Small book haul after a visit to B&N with my sister who‘s in town for a few days. Excited to spend time with my big sis, and excited for these two!

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This one is brilliant. The author takes Russian folk tales and mixes them with historical events circa Ivan the Terrible. She turns Baba Yaga into a feminist icon. It's lovely. I highly recommend it.

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Pub date is 9/20/22
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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