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The moment young Ivan stumbled upon a clearing in the dense Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed. Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen leaves, the beautiful princess Katerina lay as still as death--while a malevolent presence stirred in the hidden depths below.

Now, years later, Ivan is compelled to return. He finds the clearing just as he left it. This time he does not run . . .
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345416889


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mvkramer Apr 21, 2016

A mostly-solid fantasy work. I liked that Card doesn't forget that people in the past thought differently, as well as lived differently.

Sapphira_Volkov Aug 07, 2013

Does anyone remember what Ivan's kids' names are?

Jan 09, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this fairy tail twist, with good character development. I read this book after being introduced to Card’s writing thru Ender’s Game.

Justina Tzou
Jun 03, 2010

I love Orson Scott Card and the Shadow series, and I love fairy tales. Imagine my delight when he combined the two. I admit, i was a little suspicious, being that I haven't read anything really of his that is set out of Ender's world, but this book was perfect.

It starts off a little slow, every book needs time to lay down its back story. But this book is extremely clever and entertaining. blending modern day into old fairy tales.


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mvkramer Apr 21, 2016

Sexual Content: The cleanest sex scene you will ever read is in this book.

mvkramer Apr 21, 2016

Violence: Baba Yaga is a fan of murder and torture. A dog dies. There's a battle at the end with explosions and decapitations.

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Sapphira_Volkov Aug 07, 2013

Sapphira_Volkov thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 99


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