The Veil of Gold
When an ancient gold bear is found walled up in a dilapidated St. Petersburg bathhouse, researcher Daniel St. Clair and his frosty colleague Em Hayward set out for the university in Arkhangelsk to verify its age.Along the way they are mysteriously set adrift.Maps are suddenly useless.Lost and exhausted they turn north, sinking even deeper into the secrets and terrors of
While I loved 'The Autumn Castle' by the same author, I found the other books that I tried after that one to be a bit disappointing. While this one was faster paced and more gripping than 'Angel of Ruin'/'Fallen Angel', it just had too many flaws.
The writing is alright. Not terrific, but certainly good enough to at least not bother me, which means it's not so bad since I'm fairly hard to please. The storyline was interesting enough, so that wasn't the prob...more
When a mysterious golden statuette...more
But... the ending? Without wanting to give too much away, I was disappointed. I felt like I spent all this time starting to care about the characters, getting immersed in the world and then it felt like the author passed an invisibl...more
In Rosa and the Veil of Gold, Kim Wilkins seamlessly interweaves Russian myths and fairytales with the events of our world. In her story, Russian myths intersect with Russian history, and three modern day people with their own secrets are drawn into the dark worlds of legend. It took me a little while to get into this novel, but when I did, I was hooked, and read it over the last couple of days. I loved the way it was narrated, slowly revea...more
Well, I never heard of this author or book before in my life until Calico's book club (she's well known in her home country of Australia) and so going into this I wasn't sure what to expect. Boy, was I given a gem! I really enjoyed this story! I can easily say it's a Squee! type of book. You know, one that by the end of it, you're *squee*ing because it was so awesome?
Anyways, I better go into some detail here. There are some very specific reasons...more
I also want to add that this book was recommended to me when I used Seattle Public Library's book recommendation service. I asked them for fantasy recommendations that weren't too fantasy-ish (lots of hard-to-pr...more
This contemporary fantasy taps in to Russian folklore to bring new life to an tired concept (magical and human worlds separated by a veil), and tell a fairly unique and fast-paced story about the repatriation of a sinister golden bear. There are no ambrosia-drinking elves to shelter with on this hero's quest, however; the non-human characters are generally...more
As a lover of Russian folklore, I really enjoyed all of the monsters coming to life. Wilkins must have done a lot of research and got the Russian culture pitch perfect. Even the mythical creatures had a certain "Ruskie" tone. I really enjoyed the thread of supernatural Wilkins weaves through historical eve...more
I don't want to give a spoiler but near the end there's a heartbreaking tragedy, so sad but at the same time beautiful and joyful - this scene alone (and the narrative leading to it) makes the book so valuabl...more
Out of all the Kim Wilkins books i have read, Rosa Kovalenka is my favourate heroin by far. She has so much attitude, and is not so much of a goody two shoes, which i absolutly adored about her.
I really enjoyed this book and would recomend it to any one who enjoys a...more