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Rusalka
Cherryh, C. J.
Adult Fiction CHERRYH

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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. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

When a youthful prank turns suddenly sour, two young men flee their village and embark on a perilous journey through a forest inhabited by magical creatures, a secretive wizard, and an irresistible ghost: the life-draining ``rusalka.'' Veteran fantasy/sf author Cherryh ( Rimrunners , LJ 5/15/89) turns her storytelling expertise to a vivid re-creation of pre-Christian Russia's rich folk legends in a fantasy to be highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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