Russia and Slavic folktales are a hot basis for several YA fantasy series that have been making waves in the last few years. Some of this interest has been driven by the popularity of the television series “American Gods” and the prominent place of Slavic folk religions, but, undoubtedly, some of it is driven by the classical appeal of the old fairy tales and folk tales about the Firebird and Baba Yaga. Those long cold winter nights in the northern and central part of Europe has given rise to some beautiful tales that have been reworked into some fresh YA fantasies that are suspenseful, thrilling, and intriguing with unexpected plot twists and turns. McLure Library has several of these series available for check out.
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter based in the very old, Baba Yaga tales from Central Europe and Russia, with a very new setting, Brooklyn, New York. This novel comes complete with a witch named Babs Yaga.
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo took the YA fantasy world by storm a few years ago. The novels, are set in a world that is reminiscent of Imperial Russia and filled with all the beauty and brutality of that history, and folk life, combined with the perils and power of the 20th Century Soviet Union with all of that destructive firepower. McLure Library has all three of these novels available for check-out.
Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye, and its sequel Crown’s Fate, is a series set in Imperial Russia in the 19th Century when Russia was invaded by France and the Ottoman Empire . The Tsar initiates the Crown’s Game. This is a duel to see which of two teenage enchanters will become the Royal Enchanter to the Tsar. These novels are filled with romance and danger based in the tales of Old Russia.
The Girl At Midnight trilogy is set in a dystopian world under New York City and involves the hunt for a powerful Firebird and the New York City subway system. McLure Library has the first two of the three books in this trilogy for series for YA readers.
If you are interested in these titles and want help in getting them, just give us a call at McLure Library. 205-348-6055 and we will be happy to help.