Saturday, November 10, 2018

Book Review: "The Sisters of the Winter Wood," by Rena Rossner

by Rena Rossner

About the Book:
Captivating and boldly imaginative, with a tale of sisterhood at its heart, Rena Rossner's debut fantasy invites you to enter a world filled with magic, folklore, and the dangers of the woods.

In a remote village surrounded by vast forests on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, sisters Liba and Laya have been raised on the honeyed scent of their Mami's babka and the low rumble of their Tati's prayers. But when a troupe of mysterious men arrives, Laya falls under their spell -- despite their mother's warning to be wary of strangers. And this is not the only danger lurking in the woods.

As dark forces close in on their village, Liba and Laya discover a family secret passed down through generations. Faced with a magical heritage they never knew existed, the sisters realize the old fairy tales are true ... and could save them all.

My Thoughts:
I'd love to tell you what's unique about Liba, Laya and their parents, but I don't want to spoil the surprise. Needless to say, this is a magical fantasy story, based on real events, that will sweep you away. When Liba and Laya find out that their family is "different," they must keep this powerful secret between them, which becomes especially difficult when their parents must go away for a while, leaving the two teenagers by themselves in the woods. They're just learning about their legacy and have no idea who to trust, or even whether they can trust themselves! Meanwhile, anti-Semitism is running rampant in their village for the first time, especially when two mysterious deaths of non-Jews occur. Liba and Laya become tangled up in the mystery, even as they discover love for the first time -- love that their parents would not approve of. The sisters narrate alternating chapters, one through prose and one through verse. This is an absorbing, engrossing story that will keep you reading throughout the night.



Disclosure: I borrowed this book from the library. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through my link.

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