Kikimora


Young Adult - Fantasy - General
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 10/03/2015
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Author Biography

Emma Woodcock has worked variously as a pump jockey, envelope stuffer, librarian, potter, and for the past 14 years, web designer.

She lives in Derbyshire, UK, with a boyfriend and a child – but still no dog, despite her constant hints.

She has been trying to write books for the past quarter century, but the need to make a living kept getting in the way. She has now perfected the ability to live on twigs and acorns in order to pursue her literary ambitions.

Her first novel, Darklands, was published in 2011, followed in 2015 by Kikimora. Also in 2015 she was the winner of SFX magazine's short zombie story competition, judged by Cirque Du Freak and Zom-B author, Darren Shan.

Emma’s writing heroes are Diana Wynne Jones, Neil Gaiman and Philip Reeve. She would very much like to one day write something as magical, enthralling and oh, just perfect as Howl’s Moving Castle, Stardust or Mortal Engines.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Wow! I just finished reading the absolutely epic work of young adult fantasy fiction, Kikimora by author Emma Woodcock, and all I could say when I turned the last page was “Wow!” Following the story of the titular protagonist, Kikimora, as she is created from the breath of an ice wyvern and the tears of a killer, her sole purpose was to wreak havoc on the lives of the miners who are destroying the Korsakov forest. But when Kikimora learns that humans are capable of much more than destruction - they create music, friendship and love as well - she starts to doubt her quest. And when danger enters the forest, Kikimora is faced with a decision she could not have imagined. Should she protect the humans that she had come to understand, or side with the guardians of the forest who created her?

I so loved Kikimora. Author Emma Woodcock has done an absolutely fabulous job in creating characters that her readers will care about and relate to, even though many are fantastical creatures. Her scene setting is second to none, and her descriptions of the forest and the creatures who live there were simply wonderful. This book had me hooked from the very first page, and once I started reading it, I simply could not put it down. Any reader who enjoys a great work of fantasy, whether a young adult or not, will love Kikimora. I highly recommend this book, and I will also be keeping my eye out for more work from the extremely promising author, Emma Woodcock. Her tales are worth telling and worth reading!

Paula Tran

Kikimora by Emma Woodcock is a story of a little girl who was created by Anatoly to drive men/humans out of the mountains. She was raised from the dead, and never really understood her place in the world. She doesn't have a family, and besides Anatoly and Barinya, she has no friends. While she has the ability to scare off people, she is still too kind to be a monster that scares humans off the land. However, is she really a monster?

The story of Kikimora is well written and in a style that I quite enjoyed. There is some sort of mythical element to it, and there is an elegance in the way the writing is executed. The style is easy to read, yet not childish. It's serious, but not in a way that bores people. The characters and setting are very well thought as well. Each character has a set of traits that make them stand out from a crowd, which is how every character should be. The setting also fits the plot and story, allowing the protagonist to move forward and us to understand the culture. Kikimora is a very good novel that will entertain readers, young and old alike.

Faridah Nassozi

In Kikimora by Emma Woodcock, the spirits of Korsakov Forest were in distress. For years, humans had been taking minerals out of the ground and this was destroying the forest. In a desperate effort to put an end to the continued destruction of the spirits' treasured home, they crafted a monster intended to drive man out of the forest. Created using a concoction of the most complex ingredients, the monster was intended to destroy the activities of the miners, drive them insane, and eventually bring about the closure of the mines. Kikimora, the monster, was raised and groomed to execute this intention and, at age seven, her master felt she was ready to fulfill her purpose so off she was sent to Korsakov town. Invisible to the townsfolk, Kikimora set about fulfilling her duty with every mischief she could think of. However, she found herself at a crossroads when some of the kind gestures of the humans started affecting her in ways her grooming never prepared her for, and soon she started questioning her mission. When her superior took matters into his own hands and set a deadly trap for the miners, Kikimora had to choose whether to stay loyal to her master's cause or help save the very enemy she was created to destroy.

Kikimora by Emma Woodcock is a one of kind YA fantasy tale. From the intriguing setting that is Korsakov to its collection of odd inhabitants, Emma Woodcock created a world class compelling novel. The story came together perfectly with a gripping plot, characters of all types - charming, memorable, scarily, bizarre and everything in between - and flawless delivery. I was especially fascinated by Emma Woodcock's portrayal of Kikimora, for she was not your everyday monster. When Anatoly set out to create a monster, I expected the usual scary looking beastly creature but the end product could not have been any more surprising and charming, and it made it all the more intriguing to follow the story of her grooming and see her put her training to work. The additional stories told to Kikimora by Barinya added even more spice to an already amazing tale.