Deathless (Playaway Young Adult) (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)
I have bought four separate copies of "Deathless" because I keep lending them to friends and not getting them back. When I first read this book I would press it into all my friend's hands and insist that they read it because I loved it so much. "Deathless" is something of a Russian fairytale, and something of a fantasy romance, and something altogether more. It follows Marya Morevna and her relationship with Koschei the Deathless, a character out of Russian folk lore. Valente's writing captures the dreamy qualities of fairytales but packs enough of a punch to draw blood. As I was writing this review I considered buying another copy of this book for myself, because once again my copy has found its way into the hands of someone else. I highly suggest you read this book.— Katherine N, Bookseller
Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to western European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories that have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentieth century. Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever child of the revolution, to Koschei's beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing. Along the way there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power. All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, which will bring Russian myth back to life in a stunning new incarnation.