Elena the Brave


Product Details

Starr Creek Press
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.5 X 1.0 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

JULIE MATHISON is the multiple award-winning author of books that seek to transport and enrich readers while entertaining them. Her novels, whether coming-of-age, fantasy, or mystery, all contain elements of history and emphasize complex themes and a love of language. Her author imprint, Starr Creek Press, is founded on the principle of "books not boxes," the belief that a good book should transcend genre and category and should be enjoyable to readers of any age. She also writes and speaks about the interface of traditional and independent publishing, and the role of quality self-publishing in maintaining a robust and healthy literary ecosystem


"Mathison's tale hauntingly interweaves the dragons, 1940s America, and the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in a way that might have felt forced in less-skilled hands... A vivid mix of history, romance, and folklore with a notably relatable hero."

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Mathison returns to Old Rus, the exceptionally well-constructed fantasy world introduced in VASILISA, one that blends the mythical and the historical to winning effect... Readers will feel fully immersed in the tale from the first page to the last."

The BookLIfe Prize

"A beautifully written tale. The author excellently weaves old Russian myths, lyrical prose, and 1940s history into one coherent and compelling tale that is hard to put down. The prose is particularly magical, with gorgeous sentences and lush language, and the relationships between characters, especially Elena and Vasilia and Elena and Mitya, stick with the reader longer after the tale has been told."

- Writer's Digest Critic's Review

"Dabbing a little history with folklore and fantasy, this is an exciting coming-of-age adventure, which hooks in so many ways... The writing flows very well, allowing the scenes and characters to gain depth without ever losing on pacing. A lot happens in this tale, but it never grows boring or too heavy. I would recommend it more for the upper end of the middle grade audience and even for the young adults, due to the writing style and intricate tale weave.

- Bookworm for Kids

"I feel like there's a lot to love about this book and the series. I think fans of reimagined fairy tales or stories based on folklore will love ELENA THE BRAVE. Fans of TRAITOR'S MASQUE (another fairytale favorite of mine) definitely need to check out this series. Also, I would call this book more of a companion story than a straight up sequel. You don't need to read VASILISA before reading ELENA THE BRAVE. (But they're both really good.)"

- The Story Sanctuary