The Russian fairy tales became an available source between 1855-1863 when a folk collector, Russian Slavist, and Alexander Afanasyev published a compilation of 600 Russian folktales and fairy tales. It was created according to 1812 published Grimm’s Fairy Tales. In this article, we are going to read about the 7 best books based on Russian mythology, books that are related to and cover the past of Russia.

The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

7 Best Books Based on Russian Mythology - The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
7 Best Books Based on Russian Mythology – The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

This book by Arden blends several Russian fairy tales but is crafted uniquely and lovingly. This book covers the central character, Vasilisa’s life. Her mother died while giving birth to her and presently her father is trying to make her keen about things that are interesting to most girls – marriage, babies, home, and duties. But Vasilisa just wants freedom. This book covers some significant aspects that make a novel hit such as feminism, morally grey characters, folklore and mythology, winter setting which just adds up to the imagination of the plot.

Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo

The book begins with the elucidation of the White Cathedral and the myths that cover it, chiefly that of a very old worm that gobbled its way through the ground and made a chain of passageways. In this book, Alina is fragile and unable to summon her power. She wants to beyond and above the ground, but the Apparat is the problem.

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

7 Best Books Based on Russian Mythology - American Gods – Neil Gaiman
7 Best Books Based on Russian Mythology – American Gods – Neil Gaiman

A few days before releasing from jail, Shadow’s wife, Laura dies due to an inexplicable car accident. Dully, makes his way back residence. On the airplane, he runs into the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who asserts himself to be a refuge from a far-away war, an ex- god, and the emperor of America. Together they go onboard on a strange trip across the USA at the same time as all around them a tempest of preternatural and heroic proportions threatens to fracture.

Adventures of Little Yaga and her Friends – L.B. O’Milla

Adventures of Little Yaga and her Friends – L.B. O’Milla
Adventures of Little Yaga and her Friends – L.B. O’Milla

The main character of the book, Little Yaga lives with her old grandmother at the top of an enchanted forest. Yaga would have lived a good life if she was not disturbed by her countenance. Other forest inhabitants have certain distinct features whereas Little Yaga looks like a human. The way later in the story, Little Yaga would meet the human world and make her friends will please you.

East – Edith Pattou

7 Best Books Based on Russian Mythology - East – Edith Pattou
7 Best Books Based on Russian Mythology – East – Edith Pattou

Rose has always been very unusual – since the day he was born it was obvious that she has a unique fate. Her mother keeps the strange circumstance of her birth a secret and hopes to restrain her daughter from getting out of home but she can never hide the true nature of Rose forever. So when a huge white bear asks her to accompany him in exchange for prosperity and health for her ailing family, Rose agreed without much thinking. She travels on her back to a distant castle and joined a stranger. Upon discovering her truth she realizes the purpose of her existence.

Wickedly Powerful – Deborah Blake

Wickedly Powerful – Deborah Blake
Wickedly Powerful – Deborah Blake

The only thing that is scarier and fiercer than the red hair of Bella Young is her rage. Bella knows how frightening is Baba Yaga’s power without strict control, it can even leave her loved ones burned, so to protect herself and the ones she cares she keeps Koshka, her dragon turned Norwegian forest cat. But she gets confronted by another task she finds herself getting closer to Sam Corbett, a former hotshot firefighter.

A Question of Magic – E.D. Baker

7 Best Books Based on Russian Mythology - A Question of Magic – E.D. Baker
7 Best Books Based on Russian Mythology – A Question of Magic – E.D. Baker

The central character Serafina was dwelling on the ordinary life of a rural girl when she gets an inexplicable letter from an aunt she was never familiar with from another village. Little does she know that her aunt is a magical witch, who lives in an even more supernatural cottage. Her life takes an unexpected turn after she went to the summoned cottage.

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