I enjoyed this first volume of this trilogy, but I loved the second volume, The author continues the tale using Russian folk lore as a background. Vasilisa is an interesting and independent young woman. That independent streak is a strength, but it also leads her into difficult situations. In this story she meets up with her beloved older sister in Moscow after she comes to the attention of the Prince of that city. She is in a society far different from the rural existence she has known.The decisions she makes impact others in ways she did not anticipate. Vasilisa shows courage, along with the ability to learn from mistakes. She also begins to know her young niece, a child who may take after her aunt in many ways. I am very much looking forward to the final volume of this intricate and well-told tale.