Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente (Review)


“You will always fall in love, and it will always be like having your throat cut, just that fast.” 

Sadly disappointed.

Deathless follows Marya Morevna and her life with Koschei the Deathless. It is set in Russia, and St. Petersburg during the early twentieth century. A man named Koschei, the Tsar of life has knocked on Marya’s door to take her with him. She follows him into war with his brother. She eventually leaves and returns to her home, which is old and broken and the city is dying.

I was really looking forward to reading this, so when I finally got my hands on it my expectations were extremely high. Slightly disappointed, but it was still and interesting and original read. I shouldn’t have waited to long to write my review because, I usually like to write them no later than a week after reading them as it is still fresh in my mind. I have been so swamped with university work and life in general so I haven’t really got around to it so this isn’t going to be an in depth review. I really did love the writing. That has got to me the best thing about Deathless. It was written like a fairytale and it was what I liked most about it. It was an intriguing story, but sometimes I did feel myself getting slightly bored, and sometimes slightly confused about what was happening. I didn’t feel like there was any shock or big revelation in Deathless and it felt a tad anti-climatic.

I’m not really sure about the characters. I didn’t really connect with them at all. I wasn’t sure about Marya, sometimes I liked and admired her and sometimes I just really didn’t. That contributed to the three stars. I didn’t really like Koschei either to be fair. I did like all the secondary characters though. In my honest opinion, they were the best aspect of this book and it is what kept me reading.

Overall, I did still like it, it just fell short of my expectations. It is a good piece of historical fiction and I think if you were going to judge whether you will like it or not, it would be best to read it as it is a book which is hard to describe.

MY RATING: ★★★☆☆


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