A mysterious gold bear found in St. Petersburg, Russia, reawakens an ancient prophecy preserving the country’s magical past. After following her ex-lover into a parallel world, Rosa Kovalenka must confront her half-remembered fate — and Russia’s in Kim Wilkins’ The Veil of Gold.
Russian history via The NeverEnding Story.
Wilkins’ alt-history offers enchanting moments (a fairy-tale reimagining of Napoléon’s Moscow invasion), but many fantasy elements feel recycled and heavy-handed. B