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Dark Goddess by Sarwat Chadda
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Feb 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult
Read from February 21 to 25, 2012

The second in the Billi SanGreal series. This is a great adventure story with fantasy elements. Billi and the rest of the Knights Templar, depleted after the events of the first novel The Devil's Kiss, rescue a little Russian girl from werewolves at the start of the novel. The little girl, Vasilisa, is a Spring Child; as well as being a mind reader, she is strongly sympathetic to the natural environment and reacts to it. The werewolves are an all female pack, wanting to take her to Russia and sacrifice her to Baba Yaga the witch, who they revere as an ancient Goddess and the embodiment of Russia. Can Billi and the Knights Templar battle werewolves, vampires and the Russian mafia to rescue Vasilisa?

I really enjoyed this. As with his latest novel Ash Mistry and the Savage Palace, Sarwat Chadda takes legend and myth as a starting point, using it in an interesting way to create a truly chilling adventure. It's very much a book for young adults; there is very little bad language and no sexual content, but the ambiguous ending and Billi's teenage concerns make it more appropriate to a more mature reader. If you want to learn more about Russian folk tales and Baba Yaga, then Joan Aiken's Necklace of Raindrops and Other Stories and Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave are good places to start.

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