Chernevog Author:C.J. Cherryh The forest wilderness lay somewhere north of Kiev in the spirit-haunted land of ancient Russia. There Eveshka, the former destructive ghosts, the rusalka--restored to life by the sacrifice of her father Uulamets--had dwelt in peace for three years with her husband Pyetr and the half-taught young wizard Shasha. — But now fears began to plague her... more »e nights, and something seemed to call her north into that section of the forest they'd not visited for years--toward a rendezvous about which she dared not tell either her husband or his friend.
Pyetr and Sasha left to seek Eveshka--on a course straight to where Kavi Chernevog slept, on a stone where the leshys, the forest guardians, had bespelled him three years before. It was he who had once killed Eveshka and turned her into a rusalka. And he still was a master of wizardry and the dangerous, dark magic that went beyond wizardry.
That magic caught Pyetr and Shasha in its web of power, and they were forced to take Chernevog where he willed, while from Eveshka there was no word, and from the leshys, no hope of rescue: dark magic was loose in the world, and loose among them, in human shape.« less