The Secret History of Moscow
Every city contains secret places. Moscow in the tumultuous 1990s is no different, its citizens seeking safety in a world below the streets - a dark, cavernous world of magic, weeping trees, and albino jackdaws, where exiled pagan deities and faerytale creatures whisper strange tales to those who... show more
Every city contains secret places. Moscow in the tumultuous 1990s is no different, its citizens seeking safety in a world below the streets - a dark, cavernous world of magic, weeping trees, and albino jackdaws, where exiled pagan deities and faerytale creatures whisper strange tales to those who would listen. Galina is a young woman caught, like her contemporaries, in the seeming lawlessness of the new Russia. In the midst of this chaos, her sister Maria turns into a jackdaw and flies away - prompting Galina to join Yakov, a policeman investigating a rash of recent disappearances. Their search will take them to the underground realm of hidden truths and archetypes, to find themselves caught between reality and myth, past and present, honor and betrayal . . . the secret history of Moscow.
Publish date: November 20th 2007
Publisher: Prime Books
Pages no: 303
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Urban Fantasy
, Speculative Fiction
, Magical Realism
The Secret History of Moscow was one of my favorite reads this year. After reading it, I immediately read Moscow But Dreaming, a collection of short stories mixing dark fantasy, magical realism, Russian folklore and bleak, modern day Moscow with real world issues, another favorite of the year. These...
Somewhat like Neverwhere in Moscow but more tragic & is populated by creatures in Russian folk tales as well as victims of all sorts of atrocities throughout Russian history. Certain parts can be a bit slow, but some parts like Oksana's story and the tragic ending are quite good imo.
This is the book that I wanted Deathless to be. It has just the right mix of magic and mundane, of achingly familiar and convincingly alien. And I love the way the character react to learning about the secret, hidden world: not with fear, not with joy, but with resignation. Of course there's another...
It does help to have either a knowledge of Russian Fairy Tales or a source to look them up in when reading this book.That said, this is a good book. Sedia tells the story of Galina who is looking for her missing sister. It is wonderful to read a fairy tale influenced novel where the women actually...