|Submitted by Amanda B. Blackburn|
(Nov 06, 1999)
As I read C.J. Cherryh's Rusalka, I began to wonder about the world of the past. I found myself fascinated by the vast number of mythical creatures I had never even heard of. This book taught me a little something about fantasy. Before I read Rusalka, I considered fantasy to be stories about elves, dragons, and unicorns. Even though I very much love stories about such creatures (and have written a few myself) I did grow a little bit tired of the theme. Rusalka introduced me to several magic creatures I'd never heard of before. Rusalkas, vodyanois, and domovois may have slightly awkward names, but they make absolutely fascinating tales!
Beyond the array of creatures that make up the book, Rusalka also has an interesting plot. A past of conflict and hurt feelings separate Eveshka, the rusalka, from her father, a wizard. But it is the desperate attempt to restore her to life that unites the two along with Sasha, a young wizard, and Pyetr, a man whom Eveshka is growing to love.
Overall, I would recomend this book to someone who is looking for something different, but very interesting.