Tangled Trails of Terror
The forest wilderness lay somewhere north of Kiev in the spirit-haunted land of ancient Russia. There Eveshka, the former destructive ghost – a ruslaka restored to life – had dwelt in peace for three years with her husband Pyetr and the half-taught young wizard Sasha. But now something called her to travel north into that section of the forest none of them had visited for years – on a redezvous about whcich she dared not tell either her husband or his friend.
Pyetr and Sasha left to seek her – on a course straight to where Kavi Chernevog slept, on a stone where the forest guardians had bespelled him three yeras before. It was he who had once killed Eveshka and turned her into a rusalka.
Chernevog's magic caught Pyetr and Sasha in its web of power, and they were forced to take Chernevog where he willed. From Eveshka, there was no word. Dark magic was loose in the world and loose among them, in human shape.
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)
Chernevog is the second book of The Russian Stories trilogy. Chernevog is a unique fantasy book, because there aren't many fantasy books, which are based on Russian folklore. If you want to read something different, I can recommend this book to you. It's a good book and it's worth reading.