Friday, April 26, 2019

The Shaman and the Angel by Elvira Baryakina

I enjoy reading historical fiction and also reading just about anything that pertains to Russia. So, when I discovered the 'Russian Treasures Series' by Elvira Baryakina, I decided to read the prequel to this series titled, The Shaman and the AngelThe Shaman and the Angel by Elvira Baryakina contains two short stories in one ebook and is approximately 34 pages in length.

I was able to download The Shaman and the Angel by Elvira Baryakina to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon. Below is my honest, unbiased opinion of The Shaman and the Angel by Elvira Baryakina.

I liked reading both The Shaman and the Angel by Elvira Baryakina, although I enjoyed The Shaman slightly more than The Angel. Both short stories gave me a taste of the author's writing style. Even though I enjoyed reading both short stories, I'm not sure I am interested enough at this time to continue reading the rest of the 'Russian Treasures Series' as I currently have so many other books to read.

The following is a plot summary for The Shaman and the Angel by Elvira Baryakina from Amazon:
The Shaman and the Angel is two heartwarming, inspiring short stories of young people who try to break the rules and uncover their true calling.


Klim Rogov, the sole heir to the fortune of a noble family, has disappeared without a trace on April 21, 1907. His father has announced a reward for any information about his son; Russia’s finest detectives have tried to track Klim down but to no avail.

Only Klim’s fifteen-year-old cousin, Lubochka, has any idea what has happened, but she is keeping silent. There is little point trying to explain to adults the nature of the mysterious force that has commanded Klim to leave home, come what may.


If the people who knew Nina Kupina had been more thoughtful and observant, they would have figured out that this remarkable girl caused cardinal changes in the lives of everyone she met.

They called her an angel because she resembled the clear-eyed, curly-haired girls depicted on the Christmas cards. But if she was an angel, then it was an angel of turmoil who never once bothered her head with other people’s expectations.

Her reckless courage and the ambition to reach for the moon ran deep in her family. Nina’s father, Basil Kupin, was cut from the same cloth. Not surprisingly, the future that life had to offer them was full of magnificent promise but tragic consequences.
The Shaman and the Angel is a prequel to Russian Treasures, a compelling series of historical novels written by Elvira Baryakina, a master of emotionally resonant historical thrillers. For more than a decade, her sensual, highly original prose has inspired thousands of aspiring writers, making her one of the most sought-after literary gurus in the Russian-speaking world.

Now her best books are presented to the English-speaking audience who appreciates uplifting and insightful historical fiction.
I am giving The Shaman and the Angel by Elvira Baryakina a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

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