This is one of my favourites so far. I loved the way the fantasy elements blended seamlessly into the background, with the story driven by strong characterisations and intense personal experiences.
If I hadn't read that it had been translated I would have assumed it was written in English - admittedly by someone with the seriousness I associate with Russian literature.
The key traumas experienced by the lead lead character were very vivid.
I loved the gradual evolution of the relationship between the male and female leads. It was such a wonderful twist on the usual fantasy relationships.
I just don't think this book would make a film, people wanting fantasy movies would expect a lot more action and less character interaction driving the plot.
I can heartily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy as a genre but is looking for a little more depth to the characters.
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