Veronica Roth Explores Slavic Mythology in Upcoming Novella 'When Among Crows'

Veronica Roth's adult urban fantasy novella "When Among Crows" will be released on May 14, 2024, inspired by Slavic mythology and set in modern-day Chicago. The 176-page hardcover book follows Dymitr's 24-hour mission to find the powerful witch Baba Yaga.

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Veronica Roth Explores Slavic Mythology in Upcoming Novella 'When Among Crows'

Veronica Roth Explores Slavic Mythology in Upcoming Novella 'When Among Crows'

Acclaimed author Veronica Roth is set to release her latest work, an adult urban fantasy novella titled "When Among Crows," on May 14, 2024. The 176-page hardcover book, inspired by Slavic mythology, takes place in modern-day Chicago and follows the story of Dymitr, a mortal trained to hunt monsters, as he embarks on a 24-hour mission to find the powerful witch Baba Yaga.

To achieve his goal, Dymitr offers a zmora, a type of magical creature, a powerful flower that can break her curse in exchange for her assistance. The novella explores a world of magical creatures, including leszy, zmory, strzygi, banshees, and more, as Dymitr navigates the hidden realm of magic amidst human life in Chicago.

"When Among Crows" is a quest narrative, with Dymitr's ultimate goal and motivations left for the reader to discover. The story features a darker, more mystical tone compared to Roth's previous works, with some gory elements adding to the novella's atmosphere.

Early reviews of the novella have been positive, with one reviewer who received an Advance Reader's Copy (ARC) from the publisher via NetGalley praising the premise and finding the story entertaining. "The 24-hour deadline added excitement to the read," the reviewer noted, although they felt that character dynamics might have benefited from more development given the novella's shorter length compared to a full-length novel.

Veronica Roth, best known for her bestselling Divergent series, has been a prominent figure in the young adult fiction genre over the past decade. "When Among Crows" marks a departure from her previous works, as it is her first novella aimed at an adult audience and draws heavily from Slavic mythology. The book's unique premise, combined with Roth's storytelling prowess, is expected to attract both existing fans and new readers interested in urban fantasy and mythological tales.

As the release date approaches, anticipation for "When Among Crows" continues to grow among Roth's dedicated fanbase and the broader literary community. The novella's exploration of Slavic mythology in a modern urban setting, coupled with its darker tone, promises to deliver a fresh and captivating reading experience.

Key Takeaways

  • Veronica Roth's new novella, "When Among Crows", releases on May 14, 2024.
  • The 176-page urban fantasy novella is inspired by Slavic mythology.
  • The story follows Dymitr, a mortal monster hunter, on a 24-hour mission in modern-day Chicago.
  • The novella explores a darker, mystical tone with magical creatures and gory elements.
  • Early reviews praise the premise, but note character dynamics could be further developed.