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Red Winter
by Dan Smith


Overview - In this remote, rural Russian community the folk tales that mothers tell their children by candlelight take on powerful significance, and the terrifying legend of Koschei, The Deathless One, begins to feel very real. Kolya sets out on a journey through dense, haunting forests and across vast plains against the bitter winter, in the desperate hope he will find his wife and two boys--and find them alive.  Read more...

 
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Overview
In this remote, rural Russian community the folk tales that mothers tell their children by candlelight take on powerful significance, and the terrifying legend of Koschei, The Deathless One, begins to feel very real. Kolya sets out on a journey through dense, haunting forests and across vast plains against the bitter winter, in the desperate hope he will find his wife and two boys--and find them alive. But there are very dark things in Kolya's past. And, as he strives to find his family, there's someone--or something--following his trail . . .

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781605986098
  • ISBN-10: 1605986097
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Publish Date: July 2014
  • Page Count: 403
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-05-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

At the start of this pulse-pounder set in 1920 Central Russia from Smith (The Child Thief), Nikolai Levitsky, a deserter from the Red Army, returns home to the village of Belev, where everyone appears to be missing, including his wife and sons. When Nikolai does find one person, Galina Petrova, an elderly friend of his late mother, she tells him that Belev was attacked by Koschei (aka the Deathless One), a monster from children’s fairy tales. According to Galina, the Koschei took all the villagers, leaving behind one decapitated corpse. Nikolai’s search for his family across Russia exposes him to evidence of the futility of the conflict between the Reds and Whites. Luminous prose complements the compelling plot (e.g., “the low winter sun poured light through cloud and smoke and fire, reddening and casting a crimson glow across the yard and the field beyond, where the frost glistened red as if each crystal had been formed with the blood of men”). (July)

 
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