A Question of Magic by E. D. Baker is officially released on October 1st, still a few weeks away, but it is a new book that features Baba Yaga, so I wanted to highlight it since Baba Yaga is on my brain this week after reviewing the new Baba Yaga: The Wild Witch of the East in Russian Fairy Tales by Sibelan Forrester yesterday.
Baker is prolific and is getting quite a few fairy tales under her belt. I appreciate that she is now offering up so many "second string" tales, the ones known by fairy tale fans but not so much by the public at large. Hence Baba Yaga here and Snow White and Rose Red in her Unlocking the Spell: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess last year. She has more titles on the horizon, too, with The Bravest Princess: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess due out next spring. That one draws from Snow White, so no, not a second string fairy tale for that one!
Serafina was living the normal life of a village girl, when she gets a mysterious letter--her first letter ever, in fact--from a great aunt she's never heard of in another village. Little does 'Fina know, her great aunt is actually a Baba Yaga, a magical witch who lives in an even more magical cottage.
Summoned to the cottage, Serafina's life takes an amazing turn as she finds herself becoming the new Baba Yaga. But leaving behind home and the boy she loves isn't easy, and as Serafina grows into her new and magical role answering the first question any stranger might ask her with the truth, she also learns about the person she's meant to be, and that telling the future doesn't always mean knowing the right answers.
In her inimitable and bestselling way, ED Baker has crafted a funny and romantic story that combines some fabulous details from the original Slavic tale, with an all new spin!