The Secret History of Moscow
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The Secret History of Moscow

by Ekaterina Sedia
Release date: 2007
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasyurban fantasy

Every city contains secret places, and Moscow is no different, its citizens seeking safety under the city during tumultuous times – a cavernous dark world of magic, weeping trees and albino jackdaws, where exiled pagan deities and fairytale creatures still whisper strange tales to everyone who would listen. Through their interlocking stories, a very different history emerges, full of betrayals and unseen hostilities, between the real world and the world below... and now, in the early 1990's, the conflict is escalating.

Galina is a young woman, caught like many of her contemporaries in the new economic uncertainty and apparent lawlessness of the country. In the midst of all this chaos, her sister Maria turns into a jackdaw and flies away... prompting Galina to help Yakov, a policeman investigating a rash of recent disappearances. Their search will take them to the underground realm of hidden histories and archetypes, to find themselves caught between reality and myth, past and present, truth and betrayal... The Secret History of Moscow.

(updated 2017-02-15)

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