The Rusalka Ritual & Other Stories

Genre: Fantasy, Short Stories

For Fans Of

Terry Prachett David Eddings The Brothers Grimm

Book Summary

Quirky, undefinable and un-put-downable.

“A collection of short tales where we meet a range of enjoyable characters. Fantasy writing with a twist, very enjoyable.” Book Bug

Dracomagan (from Dragonscale Leggings) makes an appearance in each of these five tales from the Otherworld.

Whether it's ruining an emotional atmosphere, upsetting golfers and little children at Knole Park or simply doing what she does best – fighting – Dracomagan is sure to entertain you.

If you've never met Dracomagan before, these tales are ideal for getting to know her, and, if you can't get enough of her, these stories will pique your curiousity further.


E.P. Clark
"The Rusalka Ritual and Other Stories" is a selection of 5 short fantasy stories, all featuring the formidable Dracomagan, in some places a warrior woman in a fantasy world, in others an apparently normal(ish) woman in this world, but always an important and powerful figure.
The stories range from atmospheric and tantalizingly fragmented ("Echo Peak"), to creepily fey ("The Rusalka Ritual"), to zanily off-the-wall ("A Picnic at Knole"). It's never made clear if Dracomagan is the same person, or who exactly she is or how she inhabits different worlds; all the stories are open-ended and leave much up to the reader to decide. If you (like me) enjoy that kind of thing, you will probably enjoy the way the stories work together to create a picture of a world (or worlds) and character (or characters), but if you require your stories to be neatly wrapped up with a bow at the end, this is probably not the collection for you.
Along with Dracomagan, several of the stories feature other interesting female characters, making this a worthwhile read for people looking for some female-focused fantasy. The stories are quite short, meaning that you do no more than dip your toes and whet your appetite for the intriguing world the author has created, but it's a fun introduction and could be good reading for fantasy fans looking to catch a quick fantasy fix on the bus or over lunch, without worrying about getting lost in the kind of complex epic narratives the genre favors. A charming quick read of slightly off-beat fantasy.

A collection of short tales where we meet a range of enjoyable characters. Fantasy writing with a twist, very enjoyable.

T Isted
An amazing collection of stories, great characters and an enjoyable read. Thank you Freya. I look forward to reading more from you.

About the Author

Freya Pickard is the Author of The Kaerling series, an epic fantasy set in the strange and wonderful world of Nirunen. She writes mainly fantasy tales and creates poetry in order to rest the prose side of her brain. Her aim in life is to enchant, entertain and engage with readers through her writing. She finds her inspiration in the ocean, beautifully written books and vinyl music (particularly heavy metal and rock). Her most recent relaxation techniques to get her through lockdown include hatha yoga and painting landscapes and monsters in watercolour.

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