of Enchanted Tails
By William A. Breakspeare, date unknown
Born: June 12, 2001
Sire: Amur Leopard
Cat, Senor Romeo
Nairobi Cheetahtus Purr Purr
Katerina's sweet, sweet
face reminds me of a little lion cub. She wrinkles her
nose with her different expressions! Katerina has arrowhead
markings with a hint of rosetting on a beautiful light
background color and a wonderfully long torso. The minute I wake up, she
crawls under the covers for her
morning cuddle! She is absolutely one of the
sweetest cats I have ever met! I am so grateful
to Jan Giacinto for this girl!
While visiting a relative in the Carpathian Mountains, ten year
discovers an amazing sight in a
perfectly round clearing in the woods.
Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen
leaves, the beautiful princess Katerina lay as still as death.
There is also something moving around under the leaves which
scares Vanya into running away.
family later emigrates to America, and Ivan tries to convince
himself that what he saw was just a figment of his
later, Ivan is pursuing his graduate studies in the oldest
dialects of Ukrainian, Bulgarian, and Serbian.
He returns to Russia for his studies,
where he return to his cousin's farm. and is drawn back to
the enchanted forest he remembers from his boyhood.
There before him appear the lake of leaves, the sleeping
woman in the center, and the guardian moving around under
the leaves. But this time Ivan doesn't run away. He
overcomes the bear guardian and wakens the princess with a
kiss. The princess, Katrina, has been asleep for a thousand
years because of a curse laid by the Russian witch, Baba
Yaga. The only way to end the curse of Baba Yaga is for Ivan
to marry Katerina. Ivan promises to marry Katerina, despite
his other marriage plans, as his only other option is death
by the bear guardian.
Katerina leads Ivan across a
magical bridge help her defeat Baba Yaga before she takes
over Katerina's kingdom. Ivan steps back a thousand
years to medieval Russia where the witch Baba Yaga holds a
nation in a grip of terror, where the old gods still walk,
and where a princess fights to save her people and land.
Ivan had heard fairy tales about a witch, and now he
realizes that these fairy tales are true.
Ivan finds himself
caught in a clash of cultures. Katerina's people are not
impressed at all with Ivan. They see him as physically
weak and socially inept. He doesn't even know how to fight
with a sword! On the other hand, he is not impressed the
illiteracy and unsanitary conditions.
Ivan is quite taken
with Katerina, but is not real keen about marrying her, as
he has a fiancée waiting for him a thousand years in the
future. Ivan wants to return home, while Katerina tries
to convince him to stay and help her people.
This Katerina as a baby.
Baba Yaga proves to be a powerful adversary. Ivan and
Katerina end up fleeing the witch by returning to present
time. Unfortunately, Baba Yaga manages to follow them.
While working to defeat Baba Yaga, Ivan finds out that his
own mother practices witchcraft and is able to help them.
Ultimately, Ivan and Katerina find that they must return
to Taina and do battle with Baba Yaga.
Another picture of Katerina as a kitten.
I love her face so much!
|I don't want to tell you
the whole story! The book is Enchantment by Orson Scott
Card if you want to see if or how Katerina and Ivan defeat
the wicked Baba Yaga!
Senor Romeo, Amur Leopard Cat
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