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Rusalka (Russian Stories, Bk 1)
Rusalka - Russian Stories, Bk 1
Author: C. J. Cherryh
A PERILOUS LOVE   — In the folk-tales of pre-Christian Russia, the most dangerous ghost of all was the Rusalka, a murdered girl still seeking to exist by drawing the energy of life from all nearby living things. — Once Pyetr Kochevikov had mocked belief in magic, as he rioted through life with the young blades he thought his friends. But now,...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345369345
ISBN-10: 0345369343
Publication Date: 9/13/1990
Pages: 342
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 21 ratings
Publisher: Del Rey
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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I found this novel a little hard to get into, perhaps solely because of the slavic names. I am afraid I didn't give this book much of a chance... I started it, couldn't really see myself getting into it, and then gave up.
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This is well-written Fantasy with developed characters. Sasha and Pyetr are the two most likeable characters I've come across in awhile. Cherryh shows us their faults and all their redeeming qualities. This book gives a beautiful message about friendship, love and trust.
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From Publishers Weekly
A Rusalka--the spirit of a maiden drowned by accident or force--will return as a ghost to haunt the river and woods where she met her death. The locale for this fantasy by SF writer Cherryh ( Downbelow Station ) is pre-Christian Russia. Two young men flee the village of Vojvoda--Pyetr, accused of killing a wealthy noble, and Sasha, an accessory to his escape. They are making their way to Kiev when, in the middle of a forest, they become involved in the search for the wizard Uulamets's dead daughter Eveshka, a Rusalka and a wizard herself. Uulamets wants to resurrect her, but evil forces oppose him, among whom may be Kavi Chernevog, Uulamets's former student, and a suspect in Eveshka's death. Cherryh fills her story with myriad magical creatures from Slavonic mythology. A richness of detail and characterization enliven this drama about the human (and unhuman) greed for power and the redemptive power of love.