WHO IS THE GOLDEN LYNX? Russia, 1534. Elite clans battle for control of the toddler who will become their first tsar, Ivan the Terrible. Amid the chaos and upheaval, a masked man mysteriously appears night after night to aid the desperate people. Or is he a man? Sixteen-year-old Nasan Kolychev is trapped in a loveless marriage. To escape her misery, she dons boys' clothes and slips away under cover of night to help those in need. She never intends to do more than assist a few souls and give her life purpose. But before long, Nasan finds herself caught up in events that will decide the future of Russia. And so, a girl who has become the greatest hero of her time must decide whether to save a baby destined to become the greatest villain of his.
C. P. Lesley, a historian, is the author of "The Not Exactly Scarlet Pimpernel," her 21st-century take on the classic Baroness Orczy novel, "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1905), now in the public domain. Five Directions Press will publish her next novel, "The Golden Lynx"--volume 1 of a series set during the childhood of Ivan the Terrible--in the summer of 2012. She is currently working on volume 2, "The Winged Horse."