Sep 27, 2015: Wow! This is an exceptional piece of fantasy writing, evoking awe, wonder, beauty, horror, sorrow, and mystery. I was captivated from the first paragraph. The writing is very descriptive, yet flows so beautifully I was never tempted to skim. I loved being in the innocent mind of the awakened golem, and the more cynical and selfish strigoi’s point of view makes an effective foil. This mismatched pair venture through a wondrous but cruel and dangerous world, based on East European folk tales and history. Beyond this, I cannot add much to lifesharpener’s excellent review, just add my recommendation.