Saturday, September 19, 2009

Book Review - The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia

The Secret History of Moscow
By Ekaterina Sedia
Sony eBook version
Prime Books
ISBN 978-0809572236
November 2007
617 (eBook) pages

“The Secret History of Moscow” is the story of a magical underground alternative world that lies just beneath the surface of Moscow. It is a mysterious place that is populated by gods, legends, and characters drawn from Russian literature and fairy tale.

When people in and around Moscow begin to disappear it becomes the task of four unlikely heroes to unravel the mystery, discover their whereabouts, and save them. An out of work painter, the unstable sister of one of the missing women, a gypsy, and a paper pushing policeman join forces with some of the oddest characters of Russian myth, folklore, and legend to help solve the mystery.

A very enjoyable read with mystery, myth, mayhem, and magic as the central plot devices Sedia weaves an interesting story that pulls from Russian history many of its darkest legends and characters. Mix in a bit of the Russian Mob, a few mythological gods, and a magic spell or two and you have "The Secret History of Moscow." Entertaining and fun!

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

The Alternative
Southeast Wisconsin

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