my triumphant return to the free tor short i have mixed feelings about this one i absolutely loved the beginning of it i thought it was incredibly atmospheric and it really reminded me of the bardugo tor shorts which are far and away my favorite ones so far this one is about a protected russian girl named ekaterina who, on the eve of her 14th birthday, spies the mythological firebird outside her window in the dead of night, and follows it in order to receive the good fortune brought by the touch [...]
All I want for Christmas are all the great Tor illustrated covers Seriously Just put them in a beautiful bound volume, hand it to me, and I will be your loyal slave for life Well, at least for three days.As to the story, it kept me involved through the chase of the Firebird and then it lost me a bit Admittedly, I m not the brightest person in the universe so it could have been my own attention span and not the writing I m not of Russian heritage, therefore I did not know about the Firebird, but [...]
I m always up for some retellings of Russian fairytales especially anything to do with the firebird Firebirds are special to my heart, because the first adult fantasy book I ever read In The Forests of Serre was a retelling of the firebird story Kind of.This could have been a five star story, but there were a few too many cultural mistakes in the narrative for it to be perfect referring to the firebird as a he when all firebirds are female However, the author isn t Russian by birth, and readily [...]
I am mighty uncomfortable with a story that suggests someone can grow up as a different gender just because one s parents decided to raise you that way I also didn t find it particularly well written The stereotypical rapist in the wood with stilted dialogue was pretty lazy Overall, a giant meh.
I quite enjoyed that this story had a gender bending approach in a way we don t often see in tales of yore Typically, you re in store for a female character who is bound by restrictive gender roles and in order to overcome the mundanity of female life, she assumes a male identity and persona to liberate herself Instead, the seventh son of a seventh son is raised as a young woman in every aspect of life to protect her from a curse which would ruin her entire family When she finds out that she was [...]
You may read online TorOpening lines Ekaterina couldn t bear to go to sleep and miss the last moments of what had been a wondrous fourteenth birthday She sat on the window seat in her bedroom and hugged her knees as the last minutes of the day melted away like spring snow In the corner of the room, her maid Agafya snored softly.
When she could see again, she thought at first that the moon had grown brighter Then the glow above her split, and the Firebird dove down toward her Its light showed her that she sat in a towering wild apple tree To her dazzled eyes, the tree branches appeared to be rimmed in fire.Very atmospheric and interesting, if a little confusing It could have used some fleshing out, I think.Ekaterina and the Firebird by Abra Staffin WiebeThree Stars Not bad, but not fantastic either I ll still recommend i [...]
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