I don't usually enjoy the second or third book in a series as much as I did the first but in this case, it just keeps getting better. Vasya cannot stay in her small village now that her father is dead and the villagers have branded it her fault and her a witch. She refuses to marry or enter the convent which seem to be her only options so she takes to the road along with her stallion after visiting Mr. Cool himself, the Frost King. Along the way Vasya becomes a boy and ends up helping a village that has been raided and their children taken by strange bandits. Her bravery is noted by the prince and she gains notoriety which does not help in keeping her identity a secret. Even her beloved brother and sister cannot keep Vasya down for long as she gets swept up in political intrigue and the inner workings of court. This is the classic battle between good and evil, the gods of old and the Mother Church mixed into a glorious glimpse of the fascinating Russian fairy tales. Part forbidden love story, fairy tale and adventure all in one - I can't wait for book three.