|Yvgenie (1991) [Novel]|
by C. J. Cherryh
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The house stood in the forest wilderness, somewhere north of Kiev in the ancient, spirit-haunted land. Within it and guarded by the Yard-thing Babi, lives Pyetr and his wife Eveshka, who had been a rusalka, or devouring ghost, before her father's death gave her life again. There, too, lived their daughter Ilyana, who was born a wizard, as her mother had been. And in his house nearby lived Sasha, now a mature wizard.
The years had passed since they saw the evil wizard Chernevog give up his life and pass away. Ilyana was now fifteen - an age to feel adult stirrings and to be rebellious at times.
Eveshka know too well of the temptations and mistakes of wizardry that had once betrayed her and both her parents. She was determined that none of them should influence Ilyana. All her days, except for diligent housekeeping, were spent guarding and lecturing her daughter. She was determined, even if it meant fury from Ilyana, or having to distance herself from Pyetr, who loved the child and was dearly loved in return.
But there was one thing Eveshka did not know. For years, since Ilyana was very small, every spring brought a playmate for her to the shoreline of the river - a ghostly boy, always her own age. But now they were fifteen. He kissed her, and she began to fall in love.
Then Eveshka found them together and recognized the boy - Kavi Chernevog, returned to trouble her life again and take Ilyana from her. The peace they thought they had was gone for all of them, and once more dark magic was loose in their world.
Original title: Yvgenie
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Historical