The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg

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Read The Fifth Doll Online Free - The bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series transports readers to a darkly whimsical world where strange magic threatens a quiet village that only a courageous woman can save.

Matrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centered on pleasing her parents. She’s diligent in her chores and has agreed to marry a man of their choosing. But a visit to Slava, the local tradesman, threatens to upend her entire life.

Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls—one for every villager. Fascinated, she can’t resist the urge to open the doll with her father’s face. But when her father begins acting strangely, she realizes Slava’s dolls are much more than they seem.

When he learns what she’s done, Slava seizes the opportunity to give Matrona stewardship over the dolls—whether she wants it or not. Forced to open one of her own dolls every three days, she falls deeper into the grim power of Slava’s creations. But nothing can prepare her for the profound secret hiding inside the fifth doll.

Title : The Fifth Doll
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ISBN : 1477806105
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 322 pages


abby rated it ★★★☆☆

July 31, 2017

Matrona lives in an isolated village. It's a close knit community were everyone knows everyone, and the church, and obedience to its teachings, is central to life. It's always summer, and the crops are always good. Life is quiet and uncomplicated-- the only strange things to have ever happened is...

Steven rated it ★★★★☆

July 17, 2017

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. Charlie Holmberg is a relatively new author. I've read her Paper Magician trilogy, and it was highly original and was quite entertaining. The magic systems that she comes up with are Sanderson-esqu...

Caitlin rated it ★★★★★

June 06, 2017

I was SO elated to win this ARC (my first ever!) of Charlie N. Holmberg's new book, and even more so once I started to read it. Creepy in the absolute best ways, this story is immediately entrancing and mysterious. I just LOVE this Russian dimension she's created with so many twists and turns and...

Mindy rated it ★★★★★

June 04, 2017

The Fifth Doll is another excellent book by Charlie N. Holmberg. This was an intriguing world that she created and I loved how the story enfolds. Matrona is such a great character. Her curiosity leads to trouble at first, but I loved her determination to not accept a certain fate. There were so m...

R.Q. rated it ★★★★★

May 21, 2017

Loved this book. Easily the best book I've read all year (which is saying a lot since it's my 26th in 2017). The writing style is beautiful and flawless. The world comes alive with graceful imagery. The characters are complex and dynamic. The structure/pacing of the novel is steady and building:...

Heather rated it ★★★★★

May 21, 2017

The Fifth Doll is another creative and excellent book by Charlie Holmberg. We move through the story in Matrona's point of view as she discovers some strange things going on in her small village. I enjoyed that the reader didn't know any answers until Matrona figured them out. I also loved the un...

Mel (Epic Reading) rated it ★★★★☆

September 09, 2017

This is my first foray into the writing of Charlie N. Holmberg. The Paper Magician is patiently waiting on my overfilled TBR print bookshelf. After reading The Fifth Doll it is definitely moving closer to the top! Fifth Doll is a solid read. Good characters, interesting unique plot, and a love int...

The Captain rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 08, 2017

Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . . So as usual the cover drew me in. And the premise is quite fun. A girl accidentally finds a room in a neighbor’s house that contains matryoshka (nesting) dolls. Th...

Tony rated it ★★★★★

August 09, 2017

Matrona Vitsin (26, daughter), & Roksana Zotov (Matrona’s BFF, nursery school teacher) were admiring Matrona’s mother’s chest. In there was a hand-made doll that were memories of Esfir (6, daughter, Matrona’s sister) who had simply vanished from her cradle. What did Slava Barinov (mysticist, tr...

katwiththehat rated it ★★★★☆

July 05, 2017

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review "The Fifth Doll" by Charlie Holmberg. What a delightful novel. The author has a beautiful sense of style and world building. You find yourself thoroughly immersed in this quaint little Russian village where everything is...

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