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Sofeeya, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

The House with Chicken Legs

The name Baba Yaga is a familiar name in fairy tales. An ambiguous witch with her infamous house with chicken legs, but this is a different side of the story. This is the story of Marinka, Baba Yaga's grandaughter. She yearns to break free of the destiny placed on her and live her own life. A life where her house doesn't separate her from people she wants to meet.

This book is as enchanting as Marinka's house itself and a must read for any kind of fantasy or mythology buff as it is an interesting twist on a familiar tale. There may be one or two overused plot devices but the seamless way Sophie Anderson blends them in with lovable characters and shocking reveals makes them even more closer to the Slavic Fairytale so many people enjoy.

The style of the book is one that leaves you stumbling through a tangled web of fact and fiction just like Marinka as she tries to break free of the chains of her destiny. Clearly Ms Anderson has spent a lot of research into this myth to make this book as true to the stories as possible and as a fellow reader and mythology buff, I appreciate that. I sincerely recommend this book to all who love a mix of family warmth and thrilling adventures.

Posted on: 29th March 2019 at 08:43 am

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