On the bookshelves this month: A Soviet Koschei the Deathless, magical gambling, and one faerie girl-fight.
Deathless, Catherynne M. Valente (Tor)
Catherynne Valente has taken the menacing Koschei the Deathless, a villainous figure from Russian folklore, and transplanted him to twentieth century. Alongside him: Marya Morevna, first his bride and then his enemy. For a taste, check out the first chapter.