Locus Award nominee 1990.
A Perilous Love
In the folk-tales of pre-Christian Russia, the most dagerous ghost of all was the Rusalk, a murdered girl still seeking to exist by drawing the energy fof life from all nearby living things. Once Pyetr Kochevikov had mocked belief in magic, as he rioted through life with the young blades he thought his friends. But now, outcast from his native city, his only friend was Sasha Misurov, a young man fearful of his own beginning magical powers. Pyetr and Sasha had found safety in the forest cottage of the old wizard, Ulamets. Or it had seemed to offer safety, if not warmth.
Now Pyetr was less sure it was safe. The dvorovoi, or Yard-Thing, accepted young Sasha, but the vodyanoi, or River-Thing, had tried to kill Pyetr, and he had met the ghost of Ulamets' murdered daughter, the Rusalka the wizard was trying to call back to life.
The worst of it was that Pyetr felt himself falling in love with her, as she seemed to be with him! But no love could quench her need for the life-sustaining energy within him. And no man could ling suffer that drain and live.
C. J. Cherryh (born 1942) is the pen name of Carolyn Janice Cherry, a multiple-award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer. She currently resides in Spokane County, Washington.
Cherryh is pronounced ”Cherry”. The author appended a silent ”h” to her real name because her first editor felt that ”Cherry” sounded too much like a romance writer.
The asteroid 77185 Cherryh has been named in her honour.
Written by Seregil of Rhiminee (2007-11-17)
Rusalka is the first book of The Russian Stories trilogy. I enjoyed reading Rusalka. It was a good book and I'm glad that I read it. Rusalka is quite an interesting, entertaining and enjoyable fantasy book. If you like good stories and fairy tales, you should read this book.