In this tour de force, master storyteller Gregory Maguire
offers a dazzling novel for fantasy lovers of all ages.
Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside.
Her father has been dead for years. One of her brothers has been conscripted
into the Tsar’s army, the other taken as a servant in the house of the local
landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no
food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth,
a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in Saint
Petersburg—a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena’s age. When the
two girls’ lives collide, an adventure is set in motion, an escapade that
includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling
incognito, and—in a starring role only Gregory Maguire could have conjured—Baba
Yaga, witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory house perched on chicken
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