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The Fifth Doll Audiobook

The Fifth Doll

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Publisher's Summary

The bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series transports listeners to a darkly whimsical new world where strange magic threatens a quiet village that only a desperate woman can save.

Matrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centered on pleasing her parents. She's diligent in her chores and has agreed to marry a man of their choosing. But a visit to Slava, the local tradesman, threatens to upend her entire life.

Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls - one for every villager. Fascinated, she can't resist the urge to open the doll with her father's face. But when her father begins acting strangely, she realizes Slava's dolls are much more than they seem.

When he learns what she's done, Slava seizes the opportunity to give Matrona stewardship over the dolls - whether she wants it or not. Forced to open one of her own dolls every three days, she falls deeper into the grim power of Slava's creations. But nothing can prepare her for the profound secret hiding inside the fifth doll.

©2017 Charlie N. Holmberg. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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    Lynn R. Marzinski 09-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    Interesting; held my attention to the very end. I love anything written by Charlie Holmberg.

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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 09-11-17
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 09-11-17

    I ride to LIVE!

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    "A MUST read!"

    I really loved the prose, the imagery and originality in The Fifth Doll. Matrona returns a paint brush to Slava, the tradesman, and forever change her world. Matrona follows the traditions of her family and community. Her her with Slava, does not follow any familia or social norms. Slava takes advantage of the situation, returning a paint brush, to make her his protege. Using the threat of hurting her love ones, she unwilling agrees. Magic is unknown to her and being a strong independent woman, she does not easily follow the precautions/demands Slava makes.

    The result of un-nesting the dolls, Matrona, is labeled as a wanton woman by the people of the village, just for her thoughts, she is mentally assaulted with her perceived faults, she sees unexplained events outside her understanding and her vision of the world is altered.
    When Matrona opens each doll, there are disturbing consequences. Her secret thoughts are revealed to the entire village, she has excruciating headaches, and hears an inner voice chastising her for her faults. Her vision is alerted. She sees faint lines in the sky and snow for the first time! .

    Through the nine days of her training, Matrona realizes what her life lacks and what she wants for her life. Her inner strength makes her determine to find answers that Slava refuses to answer. Contrary to the social norms. She is driven by the desire to understand the dolls and intuition there is something sinister.

    With parents, and fiancé demanding for her to be dutiful, she feels trapped and alone. Matrona can’t escape through the forest. Each path she tries leads her back to the village. When she can no longer deal with it alone, she shares her experience with Jaska. Their friendship breaks all the norms; older woman younger man, engaged woman and single man, woman from a good family and man whose family live in shame. Through their efforts they discover the secrets of the dolls and change the life of the villagers forever.

    The Fifth Doll is full of interesting concepts and magics. But it is nine days before any real action happens. The changes to Matrona’s life each time she removes a doll is a buildup in suspense.

    This is a wonderfully written story.


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    Lauren Williams 08-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    Usually I love all of Ms Holmberg's books. However, I just didn't connect with this one very much like I have the rest of them. The plot could've been really great but it seems like it just kind of fell flat . Her other books take you to magical places as well but there's a spark that captures your imagination and this one just didn't have that for me.

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