Liudmyla Starytska-Cherniakhivska was born in Kyiv in 1868. She wrote poetry, prose, drama and literary criticism for various publications including the Lviv almanac, Pershyi vinok. Her story Living Grave was first published in 1889 in the journal Kyivska Starina (Kyiv Antiquity). She married Oleksandr Chernyakhivsky, the professor of the Kiev Medical Institute. She supported Ukrainian nationalist causes, which led to her persecution by the Soviet government during the 20th century. In 1919 she was cofounder and deputy president of the National Council of Ukrainian Women. In her sixties Liudmyla was first arrested and convicted during a show-trial of the Union for the Liberation of Ukraine in 1930. She was imprisoned and exiled but released before the end of her five year sentence. A decade later her fate was sealed when she was arrested again, along with her sister. In June 1941 the 73-year-old woman was accused of carrying out anti-Soviet activities then tortured and put on a cattle train headed to exile in Kazakhstan, along with other prisoners from the Ukrainian intelligentsia. She died during the journey and her body was flung out of the train at a location still unknown; there would be no burial and no grave for the once celebrated author.
They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.
Now we rise.
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.
But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.
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