3 stars · Books · Historical · Historical Fantasy · Literary · Magical Realism · Reviews


I just couldn’t wrap my head around anything that is happening in this story. I did like Marya in how she handled many many things.

And the story always seemed to know where it was going, a cautionary tale which warned Marya at the beginning. And when she betrays it something happens, that changes her life.

However what that happened is what I couldn’t understand, as it was never fully explained in the first place. It is a little convoluted and rather focussed on myths, which doesn’t really make me feel as though I know what happened.

However, the story never lost the grounding with Marya. She is the story’s core, although I will have liked her more if she made the effort to figure out what was happening here. There was the feeling that I went back to those tales and myths, where logic is different.

It just wasn’t for me. It just didn’t make any sense to me, nor did it know how to explain it to the audience in a way that I just didn’t feel as though it was really understandable. Even when I simply went along with it.

Overall, a story which knows where it is going and heading. But simply doesn’t explain it on the way there.

Rating: 3 out of 5


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