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Chernevog [Hardcover]

C. J. Cherryh
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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April 8 1991
A sequel to "Rusalka", set in the magical world of pre-Christian Russia. Petyr and Eveshka, now married and living in domestic bliss in Uulemet's cottage, begin to realize that the past is not truly buried. Premonitions lead to a sense of unease that is terrifyingly realized.
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In this strong sequel to Rusalka , Cherryh continues her fantasy series based on ancient Russian folklore. During the hoary time of the book's setting, wizards have power to influence events by wishing things to happen--but sometimes unlooked-for side effects occur. Here the former destructive rusalka (ghost) Eveshka, killed by the sorcerer Chernevog in the earlier volume and resurrected when her father sacrificed his life in her stead, is living with her husband Pyetrsp ok and the young wizard Sasha. Both Sasha and Eveshka worry about the power of their often unconscious wishes, concerned that their thoughts are being influenced by still-functioning wishes remaining in the atmosphere from a former time. When Eveshka suddenly leaves home without reason, Sasha and Pyetr feel sure someone has been wishing or magicking her, and set out in search of Chernevog. Cherryh's lyrical, vivid depiction of lonely northern forests and their supernatural inhabitants creates a believable backdrop for her three-dimensional characters and their emotionally involving story.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A young wizard, his best friend, and a woman magically restored to life find their idyllic forest existence shattered by the dark machinations of an old and implacable enemy in this sequel to Rusalka ( LJ 9/15/89). Forest spirits, "yard things," and other magical creatures drawn from Russian folklore add a unique flavor to this story of loyalty and courage. Recommended for fantasy collections.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is by far the best series I've read by her. July 26 2000
Format:Hardcover
Chernevog, Rusalka, and Yvengie are the greatest books. I enjoyed the atmosphere. An old-time russian fairy-tale. This series pulled together bits of all folklore I know, and even taught me some things I wasn't aware of. The characters are likeable, even the truely evil ones. You can imagine where they are coming from and why it is they are acting like they are. Perhaps it is a bit predictable, but it's a fairy-tale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read Dec 29 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Cherryh sets the book in old Russia and explores the old admonition, "Be careful what you wish for. You may get it." The characters spend much time worrying over unintended consequences of disturbing nature and run afoul of situations and villains as a result. Their indecision is often painful to them and readers alike. The characters are well developed and the story interesting. My only regret is that I can read faster than she writes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not her best work June 30 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had read tripoint, and so bought this book since I had liked the other one. I found chernevog to be virtually unreadable. Perhaps that is why it is out of print, even though she is a popular author. It was boring, and really didnt make much sense. Once in a while it seemes she had a potential plot, or the seeming villian might get interesting, but the she ababndons even that. Skip this one, try tripoint, or stuff in that world.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tried too hard to be something else. July 16 2003
By E. Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Cherryh is one of my favorite authors, but this book disappointed me. As a folk tale, or combination of many folk tales, it was interesting, and the exotic, tsarist Russian location was very appealing. I liked the way the author brought together many magical beasts and beings, most of which would be unknown to a Western reader. However, the characters spend too much time arguing, worrying, and talking at each other about their anxieties, and they never really get around to interacting. The theme seemed to be something to do with "be careful what you wish for" but the lesson was lost in the confusion. The bad guys weren't so much evil as conflicted characters, and even they spent a lot of time justifying their actions and feelings to the others. In short, there was just too much talk! Most folk tales have good and evil and the line between them is broad and obvious; but in this book, everyone seemed to be on the same side. It made the story plodding and not much fun to read. I'm not sure whether Cherryh was trying to write a different kind of fairy tale, or had some other target in mind, but she didn't make it work.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read Dec 28 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Cherryh sets the book in old Russia and explores the old admonition, "Be careful what you wish for. You may get it." The characters spend much time worrying over unintended consequences of disturbing nature and run afoul of situations and villains as a result. Their indecision is often painful to them and readers alike. The characters are well developed and the story interesting. My only regret is that I can read faster than she writes.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is by far the best series I've read by her. July 25 2000
By Robbie Cunningham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Chernevog, Rusalka, and Yvengie are the greatest books. I enjoyed the atmosphere. An old-time russian fairy-tale. This series pulled together bits of all folklore I know, and even taught me some things I wasn't aware of. The characters are likeable, even the truely evil ones. You can imagine where they are coming from and why it is they are acting like they are. Perhaps it is a bit predictable, but it's a fairy-tale.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing July 16 2005
By Lucky Charmz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I read this book when I was in fifth grade... I just now found it because I had forgotten the name... I mean that was quite a few years ago. This book had made an impression, for the longest time I've tried to remember the title, I kept thinking it was Cherevnog so I'd do searches with it... but my search would come up empty. Finally after nearly 15 yrs I found the book that had caught and kept my attention at such a young age. This was the first and only fantasy novel I had ever read and it captivated me. Great book a MUST read, I will be purchasing a copy for my library.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Aug. 3 2010
By Jacob Glicklich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Good but not great. Better than Rusalka, because it enters the story with the characters more fully defined and fleshes out the relevant backstory and cosmology more. It also begins with the characters is a higher state of stability and happiness and then brings them crashing down threatened with utter ruin, which works in a classic dramatic sense. This is the way to make this kind of scenario play out, and shows Jim Butcher quite fully as the third rate hack he is by comparison. Nevertheless, as the series proceeds some of the appeal thorugh deconstruction of Western fairy tales and horror elements wears off somewhat, and the final arc somehow lacks the full urgency implicit to the scenario.

Worse than: Finity's End by C. J. Cherryh
Better than: Rusalka by C. J. Cherryh
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