REVIEW: The Witch and the Tsar

“Maybe belonging to someone was the key of life, the key to happiness, even if it did not last forever.”

The Witch and the Tsar is an epic tale of Baba Yaga and her battle against Ivan the Terrible for the heart of Russia. Yaga is the daughter of goddess Mokosh and lives in her house on chicken legs helping heal the sick and birth the newest little Russians. When she meets Anastasia, Ivan’s wife she is enamored with her and is drawn into the royal family’s web of drama. From there she does what all immortals seem to do in stories like these, she meddles. But she quickly realizes she may not be the only god meddling in the human affairs of Russia. We all know what happens in Russia’s history but what do we know about the magical hands that guided that history?
The beginning of this one drew me in right away. I love the weaving of mythology and real history. Yaga was a great protagonist who really weighed out the morality of all of her decisions in such a human way. I did think the book was overly long and I got a bit bored in the middle. If you like repeated war battles, you may not feel the same. It picked up again in the end though.

Thanks to Ace for access to this novel via Netgalley. All opinions above are my own.

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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