Review: Baba Yaga's Daughter & Other Tales of the Old Races
Baba Yaga's Daughter & Other Tales of the Old Races by C.E. Murphy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This collection makes me sad and yearn for more. The Old Races is a trilogy I absolutely loved. It's my favourite series from Ms. Murphy. It always generates pleasurable suffering for me because there are no happy endings. It's very Chinese in a way which speaks to my soul.
This collection is for the masochist because it shows us more about how friendships break and longevity strains bonds. The hypothesis has always been that when a person lives forever, they lose their ability to connect with life. Ms. Murphy shows this in a way which is painful to witness yet makes so much sense. With each story, it builds upon a previous one until the end shows us how Margrit came to be the negotiator. My heart hurts for Vanessa. I've always been enamoured of Janx and Daisani. These two men are the best of friends yet the worst of enemies. Their competition with each other is amusing. When they hurt each other, it's tragic. What Janx did to Daisani does not balance what Daisani did to him. Two wrongs in this instance does not make a right.
There are so many things to say about this world which I can not express in words clearly. To say this world and the characters touched my soul and moved me is an understatement. There is a certain magic to the male characters in this series. I think it's because they are sociopaths and probably crossing into psychopaths which draws me to them. These men are the anti-heroes which will bring the downfall of any woman they decide to fight over. Still, they are too alluring to ignore.
I loved this book and I wish I had a copy of this signed collector item. It's worth it.
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