Anya Ow’s 2016 The Firebird’s Tale is a stand-alone Russian-themed fantasy novel.
Having decreed that grim-faced Tsarevich Aleksei would marry the first person to make him smile, the Tsar proves a man of his word. Aleksei’s poorly timed smirk earns him betrothal … to Nazar, the man Aleksei saw picking the Tsar’s pocket.
There is more to Nazar than Aleksei perceives. Indeed, there is more to almost everything than Aleksei perceives.