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The Scar

Sergey and Marina Dyachenko
Translated by Elinor Huntington
(TOR, $24.99)

Modern fantasy novels tend to the epic, to swordfights and sorcery, to sweeping narratives and multi-volumed series. But The Scar is having none of that. This is a far more intimate fantasy, a fairy tale even – about a curse, about redemption, love and forgiveness. Told in exquisitely detailed prose, it is an intricate study of three intertwined characters in that realm where Russian literature excels: explorations of the human spirit.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: May/June 2012