By Gregory Maguire
During this travel de strength, grasp storyteller Gregory Maguire bargains a stunning novel for fable enthusiasts of every age. Elena Rudina lives within the impoverished Russian nation-state. Her father has been useless for years. one in every of her brothers has been conscripted into the Tsar's military, the opposite taken as a servant in the home of the neighborhood landowner. Her mom is demise, slowly, of their tiny cabin. and there's no nutrition. yet then a teach arrives within the village, a educate wearing untold wealth, a cornucopia of foodstuff, and a noble family members destined to go to the Tsar in Saint Petersburg—a relatives that comes with Ekaterina, a woman of Elena's age. while the 2 girls' lives collide, an event is decided in movement, an escapade that comes with fallacious identification, a monk locked in a tower, a prince touring incognito, and—in a starring function in basic terms Gregory Maguire can have conjured—Baba Yaga, witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory apartment perched on bird legs.