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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!