Romantic and blood-streaked, and infused with magic so real you can feel it on your fingertips - Deathless
Valente's invention and ambition are extraordinary. (The Times
Swept away to the icy wastes of the Russian steppes and the frigid streets of Stalinist St Petersburg
I felt I'd happened upon a forgotten classic. A spine-tingling mix of magic and darkness, it echoes both
The Master and Margarita and Angela Carter's The Company of Wolves. The prose is perfect,
the imagery - houses made of living skin, birds that turn into husbands and, oh, so much blood - is
spectacular and the story totally absorbing. This book is not just good, it is genuinely extraordinary.
(Laura Kelly Big Issue
Writers such as Brockmeier, Mieville and Valente are returning to fantasy for the many ways it can unlock the truth. Perhaps it is a consequence of living in an era of such radical change, but the fantasic seems once again to play a part in expressing the truth of our time. (Guardian
Stories, unlike people . . . can live again . . . They must be revived by the miraculous touch of a very rare class of being, a kind of multi-classed genius/scholar/saint, who can restore them to life. Catherynne Valente is such a being. (Lev Grossman
Cat Valente is the Ray Bradbury of her generation.
(Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of The Magicians
A glorious retelling of the Russian folktale Marya Morevna and Koschei the Deathless, set in a mysterious version of St. Petersburg during the first half of the 20th century.