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5feet.of.fury
The Witch and the Tsar | Olesya Salnikova Gilmore
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Based on Russian history an folklore and does an excellent job of splitting time between the 2. It was compelling, entertaining and beautiful a deftly plotted story, both delicate, complicated and with an understanding of motivation for the characters.

TheBookHippie Well. I need this. 22h
BriannaT I just picked this up at the library - will hopefully read it soon!! 21h
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KristiAhlers
The Witch and the Tsar | Olesya Salnikova Gilmore
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I picked this one up the other day when I realized I‘d forgotten to bring a book to work with me for my lunch break (Yeah I started the day without caffeine it went downhill from there). Thankfully I work in a bookstore so voila mistake fixed. This was really an absorbing read for me and since I love all thing Russian as far as history this was a solid choice. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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AllDebooks
The Witch and the Tsar | Olesya Salnikova Gilmore
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Joining in #12daysofchristmas hosted by @Andrew65
Listing my favourite books of the year over 12 days from my annual fiction and non-fiction reads.

Well, it's a wrap on an absolutely incredible year's reading. Happy 12th night to you all x

#12booksofChristmas

LeeRHarry I can‘t wait to read The Witch and the Tsar 😊 1mo
AllDebooks @LeeRHarry I think you'll really enjoy it. It's an amazing story 😊 1mo
Aimeesue The Slater is one of my favorites. This year I listened to the first season of his podcast which is excerpts from the book. I think they recorded some of it at his home because the opening has a crow cawing in it 🥰 1mo
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Andrew65 Excellent choices. Thanks for playing along, it‘s been a good way to review the year. 1mo
AllDebooks @Andrew65 It really has, I've really enjoyed it. Thank you for hosting 😊 1mo
Andrew65 @AllDebooks Loved doing it, and thanks. 1mo
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JazzFeathers
The Nature of Middle-Earth | J. R. R. Tolkien
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

1️⃣ 1920s / Magic / Films / LGBT
2️⃣ All the time 😜
3️⃣ The Fall of Numenor

Eggs ❄️💙❄️ 1mo
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AllDebooks
Witch and the Tsar | Olesya Salnikova Gilmore

#Netgalley

I found this captivating novel hugely enjoyable. The story of Baba Yaga plays out amid the reign of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. The author provides an enchanting tale threaded with the characters of Russian folklore. I have read reviews that suggest the writing is 'chunky' but I would dispute that. I found the writing to be clear and concise. The story flowed well, the characters were relatable and likable.

AllDebooks and the plot was well thought out, holding your interest.
I particularly enjoyed the portrayal of Baba Yaga as a younger woman rather than the old hag we usually see.
I shall bookmark the author and look forward to reading more of her work.
1mo
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AllDebooks
The Witch and the Tsar | Olesya Salnikova Gilmore
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I'm so excited to read a retelling of Baba Yaga. Russian mythology, folklore, history and witches. What's not to love, particularly at this time of year when it's freezing outside. Blankets, hot toddy and book at the ready. Here we go! ❄️🖤❄️

This image by Jan Pieńkowski is from my most favourite childhood book, The Kingdom under the sea by Joan Aiken

bnp Have you heard about Thistlefoot, the novel about two siblings who inherit a house on chicken feet? This is one I hope to read next year. Review here https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/gennarose-nethercott/thistlefoot/ 2mo
AllDebooks @bnp I had not, but it's stacked now. Thank you 😊 2mo
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johncadams
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Hero in the Shadows by David Gemmell is an epic fantasy novel. Read my book review at John C Adams Reviews.

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/hero-in-the-shadows-by-david-gemme...

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CollapsingLibrary
The Witch and the Tsar | Olesya Salnikova Gilmore
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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. 2mo
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julesG
Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion... So Far | Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs
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Welcome to the #OokBOokClub open discussion for #TurtleRecall feel free to discuss anything! Don't forget to tag each other in the comments so your friends can see your reply. Have fun!

#Discworld #SirTerryPratchett #TerryPratchett #PratchettPosse #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #EpicBuddyRead

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Decalino
The Witch and the Tsar | Olesya Salnikova Gilmore
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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.