Silver Medalist, Independent Publishers Book Award (Fantasy)
"Mixing the best elements of folklore...with modern fantasy" -- Publishers Weekly
Cover by award-winning artist Howard David Johnson
"A superior fantasy novel with a strong flavor of romance and myth." -- ForeWord Reviews
THE DARK ESSENCE OF RUSSIAN MYTH
As the head priestess of the ancient Solstice cult, Marya must sacrifice a virgin every year. She copes with this gruesome duty by assuming a mask of cold detachment, as her fatherthe evil tzar Kashcheydevours the maidens' souls to maintain his youth and power. It is his power alone that keeps Marya's kingdom safe from all enemiesor so she was raised to believe.
When Ivan arrives on a quest to stop the virgin sacrifices, Marya throws all her magic against him. To maintain her lifeand that of her fathershe must destroy Ivan before he completes his quest. But can she find it in her heart to do so?
Baba Yaga, Leshy, Vodyanoi, and the ancient animal deities come alive in this beautifully crafted romantic story that will take you into the authentic world of Russian fairy taleswith a dark, sensual twist.