The Song of the Sirin (Raven Son, Book One)

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by Nicholas Kotar

The Song of the Sirin is an epic fantasy retelling of the Russian fairy tale "Prince Ivan and the Grey Wolf." It is written in the tradition of the classic Christian fantasy of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and George MacDonald.

An evil omen clouds the sky. A song of lore returns. Can one man's quest save the world?

Voran can't help but believe the rumors. As blight ravages he countryside and darkness covers the sun, the young warrior of Vasylia hears of an ancient spirit that devours souls. He feels powerless to fight the oncoming devastation until an angelic creature entrusts him with a long-forgotten song. Legend has it that such a song can heal the masses, overthrow kingdoms, and raise humans to the divine. . . .

Armed with the memory of the song, Voran must hunt down the dark spirit before it achieves its goal of immortality. His quest takes him through doorways to other worlds and subjects him to ordeals against seductive nymphs and riddling giants. Voran't journey is a trial—of faith in a world of doubt, love in a world of selfishness, beauty in a world of ugliness.

With each step of the journey, the strength of the villainous spirit grows, as does Voran's fear that the only way to save his world is to let it be destroyed.


Praise for The Song of the Sirin:

It not simply the tale of a quest, but of the struggle between good and evil in the human heart and the search for beauty. I enjoyed the emotional depth of the characters and seeing them make their choices, both good and bad. The novel grew into an intense, epic ending, of the type that I rarely find in books anymore. If you like epic fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien, or fairy tales, you will enjoy this book!

-Zoe Zamora, Advance Reader


About the Author: Nicholas Kotar comes from a family of Russian immigrants who moved from Russia after the Revolution. He grew up in what was essentially a Russian ghetto in San Francisco, speaking Russian before speaking English. He and his sister were home-schooled until his parents opened a school which they administered for the next twenty years of their life. This school, St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy, provides a classical education within the Orthodox Christian community in San Francisco. After graduating from UC Berkeley (studying Russian Literature) Nicholas went back to teach in St. John’s for seven years. Nicholas is currently a freelance translator from Russian to English, specializing in literary, historical, and religious texts. He also conducts Russian sacred music and is an occasional tenor soloist. He is the resident conductor of the Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary Men’s Choir in Jordanville, NY.

Also available:

The Curse of the Raven (Raven Son, Book Two)

The Heart of the World (Raven Son, Book Three)


Author: Nicholas Kotar

Paperback: 380 pages

Dimensions: 5.5 X 8.5 inches

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