Songs of Steppe & Forest
When I began Legends of the Five Directions, I intended to include many more women’s stories than turned out to be possible within the constraints of individual novels. Hence this spinoff series: each of my Songs of Steppe & Forest focuses on a secondary character from Legends five to ten years later in her life, telling a story of transformation from her point of view. The new series opens with Roxelana, now renamed Juliana after her conversion to Catholicism, and continues with Grusha, Solomonida and Darya, then Lyuba and her best friend Anna as they enter the bride show held for Russia's first tsar, best known as Ivan the Terrible. So stop by every so often for a virtual journey to Russia and the steppe in the 1540s and 1550s—a rich and fascinating world filled with drama, intrigue, and rivalries guaranteed to appeal to fans of The Borgias and The Tudors.
But why take it from me? Liza Perrat of Book Muse says it all: “The reader is drawn into sixteenth-century Russian life via the author’s attention to detail and the research involved in recreating such a world. The characters we have come to know and love in previous books, such as Nasan and Daniil, leap off the page once more, interwoven with real characters, to portray this distant nook of sixteenth-century Moscow.”
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Wawel Castle, Late 16th Century
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