Cenizas de Rosas
Entertaining read, Recommended
Ivan Askastoft a scholar from
the city has come to the modest thorp of Paraska on his summer's
journey to gather folk tales from small villages . As he sits
with an elderly crone he learns of a love story that cannot be
Long ago friends Yuri, Polya
and Vasily decide to leave home, family and village to go fight
with the army of the Czar. When Vasily leaves Paraska he leaves
not only his parents behind but also the girl who dreams of marriage
with him. After three years Valasha succumbs to the wooing of
the Vodany who dwells in the river. The Vodany has plans for
Valasha's immortal soul as Vasily wanders for a time in a Faery
world when the fighting is over.
This time the Vodany has gone
too far and the Lady of the Forest is forced to step in. The
ancient crone who tells the story knows it is true, she is the
widow of Valasha's brother Mikhail.
Writer de Rosas has woven a spellbinding
tale with her first offering: Rusalka Moon. The reader is caught
up in the tale right from the outset as we sit with Ivan and
listen to Koshka talk of her sister in law and how it was.
The characters are well developed,
credible and acceptable actors who interact with one another
in believable fashion. Dialogue between the various characters
flows well even though it is at times gritty, hard hitting and
pungent. Valasha's plight is one we can really become caught
up in right from the outset.
In Rusalka Moon deft writer De
Rosas presents a nicely woven little narrative on the order of
folk tales of old. Interwoven throughout the chronicle are bits
and pieces of old Russian muse. We are offered a peek inside
the daily lives of common folks who are caught up in situations
they cannot change or hope to cope with on a substantive level.
There is just enough of 'the other world' to give us a real feel
for 'maybe, just maybe' they are out there.
Altogether Rusalka Moon is a