Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.
Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.
But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars, I found myself lost in the beauty of the Russian fairytale. Although Im a Christian, I do appreciate the culture that is in this book and I appreciate the portrayal of the believers in the book as well. It points out many of the problems with people in the Christian faith.
It was a fun read and it took me away from the present and I was able to imagine the land and the characters. Im looking forward to reading the next book by this author. “The Girl and the Tower” looks just as promising! I would recommend this to any young adult or older adult.
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