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The Veil of Gold [Hardcover]

Kim Wilkins

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars engaging horror fantasy 23 May 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
After breaking with her boyfriend the historian Daniel St. Clair, Rosa Kovalenka returns to her homeland Russia for the first time in years to assist her uncle at a St. Petersburg dilapidated bathhouse. Workers uncover a golden statue of a bear buried in the walls. Rosa asks Daniel to authenticate the find. Accompanied by Em Hayward, Daniel suggests asking his former professor in Archangelsk to take a look at the artifact; Rosa agrees.

Daniel and Em drive towards Archangelsk, but vanish somewhere on the two day trek without a trace. While Rosa searches for her missing former lover, the bear has taken the pair into another realm Swazi; a place where a millennium ago when a Russian princess adopted Jesus the country split apart into the land of men called Mir and the realm of dangerous magic Skazki.

This engaging horror fantasy is played out along three well written subplots. First there is Daniel and Em trying to survive the dangerous Skazi realm while finding a way home; then there is Rosa in Russia trying to rescue Daniel; and finally there are asides starring an elderly person telling tales of the history of Russia to his daughter (and readers) around the time that princess caused the split. However, the key to this excellent saga is no one is incredibly courageous or 100 percent evil. Everyone is a little of both with a basic instinct, whether you are a human in Russia or Skazi or a mythical creature, to survive. Thus the underlying message of this exciting tale is ethics are personal so what the reader might find horrific, another person (or creature) might find as the norm. This is a great work by a terrific author.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventure with a Russian Twist 15 Aug 2008
By Tim Lasiuta - Published on
"The Autumn Castle" is an amazing novel from one of Australia's best authors.

Storywise, she combines European folklore and mythology with contemporary influences into a charming, hypnotic tale of search and rescue through time and space. A golden bear leads the way to the storied past of Russia inhablited by entities more at home in Grimms' Fairy Tales than modern day Russia. Daniel St Clair's love, Rosa Kovalenka, goes searching for him and encounters her past and the guidance of a wanderer with more mystery than answers.

Truly, this is a novel far removed from the usual fantasy realm, yet it beckons to a time before fairy tales were replaced by modern day mythologies.


Tim Lasiuta
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Russian folklore, history, fantasy and magic 23 May 2009
By Alicia Castillo Holley - Published on
An exquisit modern novel. With drama, suspense, love, magic. Russian tales and some of the country's historic events come alive with this book...

Beautifully written, the stories unfold surprising the reader, never a boring chapter. the main characters, Rosa, Daniel and Em, are somehow unusual. I greatly enjoyed how the author used the heroines as modern strong-willed women.

although I had never been fond of creatures and demons, I was pleasantly surprised on how well they fit in the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Russian history and folklore meet fast-paced, modern adventure 27 Sep 2008
By Angela Hodapp - Published on
I very much enjoyed a couple of this Australian author's other books--The Autumn Castle and Giants of the Frost, both released in the U.S. as mass market paperbacks--so I was excited to see her first U.S.-released hardback on the shelf. Her writing style is much more literary in this book, but not inaccessibly so. In addition, the story is well-plotted. Even five pages from the end, I wondered how she was going to wrap up loose ends. But she managed it and still left me satisfied as a reader.

She also managed to create a rich, alternate world, both terrifying and fascinating, based on Russian myth and folklore that she superimposes over the "true" Russian landscape of history and of today. Woven into the quest her three modern-day protagonists are forced to accept are imagined stories of Russian royalty, tsars and rulers from centuries past up to the ill-fated family of Nicolas II--and its these stories that finally culminate to solve the puzzle Daniel, Em, and Rosa were handed the day they found the mysterious golden bear that sets the whole novel in motion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rosa and the golden bear 3 Jan 2013
By Linda Pagliuco - Published on
A golden bear statuette is the catalyst for a tale of two worlds in The Veil of Gold. Mir is the place where humans live, while its counterpart, Skazki, is the parallel world of stories and folkloric gods and magical creatures. The engimatic little bear was discovered discovered in a construction site in modern St. Petersburg; finding herself back in the light of day, the bear has a mission, and "marks" two people to carry it through. Rosa, whose uncle now owns the bear, entrusts Daniel, her former lover, to research her history and provenance. Daniel vanishes with his charge while traveling to the university, and frighteningly finds himself literally out of his element in Skazki, where the inhabitants' favorite food is Mir folk. Rosa sets out to find him, along with the bear he carries, and apprentices herself to a sorceror who dwells near one of the crossing places. Their separate tales are narrated by one of the most (in)famous men in Russian history, and converge with his own story to bring about a resolution to the little bear's mission.

Ordinary Russia pales in comparison with the vibrancy of Skazki, which author Wilkins has populated with such captivating figures as Baba Yaga, the Snow Witch, Russalki (water nymphs),and the Leshy (male woodland spirits.) She also includes some illustrious humans, among them Napoleon, Ivan the Terrible, Rasputin, and the Grand Duchess Anastasia. Wilkins certainly understands how to set a stage. The plot, a classic quest in which nothing is what it seems, is a rich, enticing one. Although it does run on in places, she has managed to merge her fantastical and historical themes quite seamlessly. This is a novel sure to be enjoyed by admirers of such greats as Tolkien, Le Guin, Jordan, and Brooks.
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