This book is simply charming. It’s as comfortable and enjoyable as a cup of cocoa on a snowy day. The story takes place in a fantasy tsarist Russia. The tsarina is at war with the Republic of Birds, a magical race that once graced the land. At least that is, before the firebird’s egg appeared. The story tells of Olga’s hero’s journey, one filled with bravery and even a rescue. It has many delightful references to Russian folklore and culture including maps and yagas, huts with chicken legs, and Russian ballet. The characters are all well-defined. This is especially true of the older women who instead of witches become wise (sometimes magical), and glorious crones. When the tale was finally over, this reader longed for a sequel to discover just what Olga did next!
Published by Amulet Books, 2020.