- The russian folklore ties in beautifully with the events preceeding the first world war, and if you know your history, you may find a few familiar faces there.
- Strange magic and very dark, reminiscent of Grimm's tales rather than the cutesy things we see today.
- A fairytale for adults which has a rather bittersweet ending, makes you want to read the original stories.
- Stunning descriptions
- Excellent characterisation of Marya, Koshei, Baba Yaga and a couple of Marya's demonic friends.
- I didn't invest in too many of the characters and did not like hte inclusion of Ivan, even if he was integral to the story
- Confusing at times as the timeline jumps around during the beginning and end, not telling you where you are sometimes.
- The end did get a little bit boring and nonsensical.
This is a nice book and a very interesting one, however, it was a little bit long and did drag slightly in places where there was next to no action. The whole story, while I liked the magical elements and the adult aspect of it, was dark and didn't capture me the way other dark fairytales have.