Welcome back to another installment of Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine.Here's a pick by one of my must-read authors, Catherynne M. Valente. I've read her Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden and Palimpsest. She's definitely an author to check out if you haven't already.
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what giants or wicked witches are to European fairy tales: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories which have been passed on for generations through and storybooks and verbal lore. But Koschei has never looked quite as he does through the eyes of Catherynne M. Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to our recent past, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history.
Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever peasant girl, to Koschei's beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing. Along the way there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power.