Title: Witches and Poppets: Steampunk Vasilisa the Fair
Author: Melanie Karsak
This is a short story retelling of Vasilisa the Fair. Vasilisa is sent to Baba Yaga’s hut by her stepmother for mandrake root to heal her father, but it will actually kill him. Baba tells her the truth about the root and sends her back home with a present for her stepmother.
This is a classic tale of the evil stepmother getting what they deserve. I really enjoyed this very short story but I do wish it had been longer. I wanted to see more of this world and see more of the steampunk aspects of it.
Overall, this was a short spooky read that was perfect for the Halloween season!