Legends of the Five Directions
A five-part series set during the childhood of Ivan the Terrible: why would anyone do such a thing? Well, the answer is simple. “Write what you know,” people say, and strange as it may seem, I know more about this time and place than about anything else. I am a historian by training, and I have spent decades studying Russia in the centuries that preceded Peter the Great and the adoption of Western culture.
The 1530s, when the series is set, was a time particularly well suited to fiction: as Russia became more powerful, the remnants of Genghis Khan’s empire were disintegrating around it. Meanwhile, the ascension of a child ruler threatened the state with internal dissension and outside intervention. Conflict, treachery, power, politics, and in a world unfamiliar to almost everyone in the West—yet inclined, even so, to surface at moments when we least expect it, as in Russia's recent annexation of Crimea—the minority of Ivan the Terrible had every element that a good novel demands.
But why take it from me? Ann Kleimola’s endorsement says it all: “A ‘ripping good yarn,’ as adventure stories have always been. Enter the exotic, cut-throat world of sixteenth-century Muscovy in the company of a Tatar princess whose skills would have made her equally a heroine on the American frontier. The Kremlin court of the not-yet-Terrible toddler Ivan and his mother-regent Elena Glinskaia, boyar intrigue, arranged political marriages, spirit animals and ancestors pointing the way to restoring balance and order in the universe—what more could a reader want except further adventures, which are heralded by the advent of another animal messenger?”
For an excerpt from Legends 1: The Golden Lynx, see Excerpts.
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“Spirit Banners” (white for victory)
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