Zima and Nadya are almost totally different. Zima’s pack, despite their differences, loves and protects her. Nadya is an orphan whose only friend is soon leaving to marry the tsar. They’re united by their love for the forest and the simultaneous fear of Baba Yaga and need for her help. Soon she will bring the two into a centuries-old conflict that threatens life as they all know it.
A Wolf for a Spell is truly a captivating read. It draws heavily from Russian fairy tales and takes place largely in a magical forest, so it hooked me from the start. All of the characters are truly intertwined and affect each other, though for much of the book they do not directly interact. I absolutely loved how the point of view switched throughout the story, letting readers in on a much wider scope of understanding. Each of the three main characters has a different level of power and influence in their world, yet the split narrative levels their power over the reader.
I also fell totally in love with the female-centric cast. All of the main characters are female and so are many of the supporting characters, and each is perfectly written. This author has really mastered the idea of a strong female character – not those that are physically strong, but who have fears and wants and dreams like any real person. While it was still very fairy tale-esque, none of the female characters fell too heavily into stereotypical roles. This is the first Baba Yaga retelling I’ve ever read! The author did a beautiful job, and I’m looking forward to her future works!
Yours in love and literature,
Content warning(s): murder (off-page), injury
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