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The Shining Falcon

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
Published 1989 by Avon Books
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Mary Catelli
Those of you who like retold fairy tales may like this one. Or maybe not since the odds are good that you haven't read The Feather of Finist the Falcon. (Then, you can fix that. 0:)

But it opens with Finist having to deal with his lovely royal cousin Ljuba, out to magically seduce and control him for power -- somewhat complicated by being in the forest, where the leshy live -- and with Maria's father being slandered by a protegee, so that she, he, and her older sister barely manage to escape to l
Fiona Mariner
Beautiful retelling of a Russian fairy tale.
Judy Ann
A definite good read. I loved the story, the way you really feel like you were in the magical forest with the leshy, the plot itself is too interesting to resist, with the battle for power and love. I particularly liked how Prince Finist and Maria save each other and sacrifice for each other. :) Awesome read!
Karina Rapp
A delightful mix of folklore and good old fantasy. I loved the heavy influence of Slavic mythology and cultural elements; this is no bread-and-butter fantasy, it is unique. Very readable.
Amazing. The book itself is out-of-print, but I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy.
Julie Czerneda
Josepha's first novel and still a wonderful read today.
Beautifully rendered version of a Russian folk tale.
It has a very nice Russian fairytale feel.
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Josepha Sherman was an American author, folklorist, and anthologist. In 1990 she won the Compton Crook Award for the novel The Shining Falcon.
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