I chose to read ‘The Blood of Whisperers’ mainly because of the title. The title was unique and gave me the hope of a great fantasy. Keeping my hopes intact, I read the book and this is what I have to say now: Title: The Blood of Whisperers Author: Read more…
DASHAVATAR MATSYA: The First Avatar by Sundari Venkatraman Title: MATSYA – The First Avatar Series: Dashavatar (Indian Mythology) Genre: Mythology Retelling Author: Sundari Venkatraman Source: Kindle Edition provided by the Author Lord Brahma is highly disturbed Vedas are stolen from him the moment he goes Read more…
Title: RISING FROM THE ASHES: A Short Story: Prequel to Knitted Tales 2 Genre: Mythology Author: Rubina Ramesh Source: E-Book provided by The Book Club She was one of the most beautiful woman Asura Sambara had laid his eyes on. Possessing a beauty of this magnitude became his passion. Sambara Read more…
Title: The Girl in the Tower Series: Winternight Trilogy Genre: Fantasy, Folklore Author: Katherine Arden Source: ARC provided by the Penguin Random House The magical adventure began in ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’ continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman is forced to choose between marriage or life Read more…
Title: The Bear and the Nightingale
Author: Katherine Arden
Series: The Bear and the Nightingale
Genre: Fantasy, Folklore
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and calls on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.