Review of Lissa Sloane, “A Tale Soon Told”, in Skull & Pestle: New Tales of Baba Yaga, edited by Kate Wolford (World Weaver Press, 2019): 16-46 — Purchase here. Reviewed by Sara L. Uckelman. (Read the review of the anthology).
This story starts off so similarly to the preceding that it irritated me a bit, but that irritation quickly left me as Sloane developed the story of Vasilisa into a three-part arc that drew upon the maiden-mother-crone triune, other Slavic folklore (such as the story of Finist the Falcon), and turned it all into an origin story. It was beautifully told, and very satisfying.