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Baba Yaga's Daughter & Other Tales of the Old Races

Baba Yaga's Daughter & Other Tales of the Old Races

by C. E. Murphy

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Publishers Weekly
In this strong collection of 11 short stories, a mixture of reprints and originals, Murphy (Raven Calls) returns to the setting of her Negotiator trilogy. The spotlight is on two immortals: the dragon Janx and the vampire Eliseo Daisani. Both friends and enemies, they cross paths regularly over the centuries, often drawn to and influenced by women. “From Russia, with Love” features the titular powerful Russian witch; “Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight” brings in Susannah Stacey, a would-be vampire hunter in 1870s Chicago, and Vanessa Grey, Daisani’s long-lived assistant. Murphy plays with styles and tone, injecting a sense of myth into “From Russia, with Love,” evoking hard-boiled sensibilities with “Chicago Bang Bang,” and lacing other tales with mystery, romance, and action. Ranging from vignettes to novellas, these offerings grant glimpses of a much larger world, fleshing out its history and pleasing series fans. Agent: Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Best friends and sometimes bitter rivals, master vampire Eliseo Daisani and dragonlord Janx encounter a young woman who claims to be the daughter of the witch Baba Yaga. When her daughter apparently dies, Baba Yaga swears eternal enmity against both Eliseo and Janx. In places and times as far-flung as New York in the 1920s ("Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight"), gangland Chicago ("Chicago Bang Bang"), and the Summer of Love ("The Age of Aquarius"), the lives of Daisani, Janx, Daisani's enigmatic associate Vanessa Grey, Margrit Knight (known as the Negotiator), and the nameless woman once known as Baba Yaga's daughter intersect, creating a legacy destined to endure through the ages. These ten tales set in the world of Murphy's Negotiator novels (Heart of Stone; House of Cards; Hands of Flame) come together to tell a larger story of rivalry and love. VERDICT These elegantly written stories should appeal to those who want more Negotiator tales as well as to fans of vampire fiction and Russian folklore.

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Subterranean Press
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