All are born weak. Some become strong.
"A bold beginning to a series that explores gender, empathy, and the frozen north"--Kirkus
"A riveting saga"—Midwest Book Review
Honorable Mention, Epic Fantasy, 2016 Readers' Favorite Awards
Honorable Mention, Fantasy, 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards
After a life of unhappy luxury, Krasnoslava Tsarinovna (Slava to her friends, if she had any) is desperate to escape her position as the younger sister of the Empress of all of Zem'. When an explorer requests Imperial support for her mission to map the Midnight Land, the territory above the sunline, Slava asks that she be allowed to come along—and to her surprise, her wish is granted.
As she travels North with her new companions, she encounters people from all walks of life, and also discovers that there is more out there than just the world of women. The spirits of the forest, and even the gods themselves, take an interest in her and her magical gifts, which manifest themselves as she journeys.
Hoping to gain answers to her questions about her growing abilities, she goes in search of sorceresses, but instead of magical assistance, she stumbles into a plot, one she may not be able to avert—or want to.
Combining high fantasy with enough snark to power a medium-sized country, The Midnight Land is a satirical, subversive story of female empowerment set in a magical, matriarchal Slavic world.
Reading order for the Zemnian Series:
The Zemnian Series: Slava's Story
The Midnight Land I: The Flight
The Midnight Land II: The Gift
The Zemnian Series: Dasha's Story
The Breathing Sea I: Burning
The Breathing Sea II: Drowning
The Zemnian Series: Valya's Story
The Dreaming Land I: The Challenge
The Dreaming Land II: The Journey
The Dreaming Land III: The Sacrifice
The book was so beautifully perspective and true to how people can be and how we can help ourselves through others. The feeling of giving comfort and seeing the distress of people in the book made it awe inspiring to read and want to be more perspective and more caring of other no matter their background or how they treat you on first impressions. Was an amazing read into ungodly hours!
I couldn’t even get through the first 20 pages, it was so rambling.