Monday 25 November 2013

Deathless - Catherynne M. Valente


Marya Morevna meets her fate one day, who takes her away to a land that only exists in fairytales. His name is Koschei and he is the Tsar of Life. Marya learns to help fend off the Tsar of Death, Koschei's brother, in countless battles over territory. Then she meets Ivan, a man who can give her the chance to relive a normal life again.

A Russian folktale retold as a modern day fairy tale, Deathless tells a story of love and war with a magical twist.


I really enjoyed Deathless, which was a great change of scenery compared to the usual novels I read. The modern day fairy tale really gave me some nostalgic feelings, back to when I was reading/watching fairy tales as a young child. Except Deathless is a lot more similar to the Grimm Brother's fairy tales so I don't really recommend for younger readers. Only because there are few dark and pretty explicit scenes.

It was intriguing from the very beginning and the ending was actually so surprising. It got really sad and I was quite shocked, in a good way though.

Do check it out, Valente's writing really shines in Deathless. It's the correct tone for a fairy tale so that was enjoyable as well.

I go through the novel a lot more thoroughly(-ish) in my latest video here.

Rating: 4/5

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