The Author

Natalya Solntseva - Wikipedia article

Natalya Solntseva – Russian writer, author of mystical detectives.

About the author

Not much is known about Natalya Solntseva’s private life. This causes rumors that she is a man writing under the female alias, or a project of writers, historians and editors. None of them are true, but since Natalya gives only online interviews and eagerly tells the readers about her work and never about her family and other private things, she stays mysterious as well as her novels.

In her interviews, she says the following about her bio, education and principles:

“My bio is told in my books – by pieces, fragments, episodes, reflected in the characters’ features and fates. The author’s personality should not be more important than the fruit of his/her labor. The author transfers his feelings and views through the books, and it is them which help to know the author better”.

“My education has nothing to do with literature, but is closely connected to art. But I am not an art critic or historian, I just love to create. I tried different ways of expressing my creativity, and obtained important skills from each of them”.

“I do not like texts full of slang and vulgarity. There is a lot of vulgarity everywhere. When the person opens a book, he wants to set free from routine, to find out something new and to get a new view of the past, to go through the adventure, love and victory together with the characters. …. Centuries are passing by, but people do not change. They are thinking about the same – live and death, love and hatred, happiness and misery. Only the surroundings change so it is not so difficult to glance into the history. Ancient clothes, way of life and culture – they all are just a framework for the eternal story”.

The author’s works

The first book by Natalya Solntseva, The third birth of the Phoenix, was published in 2007. Since then more than 40 books were published and more than 1 million copies was sold. These books are considered the best mystical detectives in modern Russia.

Natalya Solntseva’s books contain everything which attracts readers – action, historical facts, mystical settings and deep insight into the human psychology. Her novels are like labyrinths which transform the reader making him share adventures with the characters.

Natalya Soltnseva’s novels give the reader fresh look at the usual things, help to entertain people when they are free of daily responsibilities and get read of everyday stress and routine. They are also like a visit to the botanical garden where you can find exotic plants. The author uses intrigue and action to plunge deep into the human soul and warn the reader about the dark secrets of his unconsciousness.

The central “characters” of each novel are sacred objects, or artefacts. They are unique objects or phenomena with mystical properties; they cannot be called typical even when they were made. They contain the secret of the supreme forces or the human talent.

The author chooses rare objects for her novels, which are not mentioned in the history’s records, but could exist during the specific period (golden bees of the Merovingian, philosopher’s stone of Yakov (James) Bruce, gold bowl of the Scythian, the Star of Sumerian goddess Ishtar, sand glass of Catherine de Medicis’ astrologer, ring of pharaoh Thothmes, casket of the famous poisoner, gold disc from Queen of Sheba’s treasury). The events take place during the various periods in history- ancient India, Babylon, Paris in the 16th century, the Dark Age, Moscow in the 19th century and of course, current Russia. The author also uses famous myths which perfectly match her mystical stories – Roman myth about the goddess Proserpina, Greek myth about Theseus, myths about Cupid and Psyche, the horrible goddess Hecate and the beautiful goddess Venus, fabulous bird Phoenix, etc. The choice of artifact, myth and historical epoch always contributes to the plot of Natalya’s books.

List of books

The books by Natalya Solntseva are grouped into serieses; each series has common characters of idea.

Playing with the Colors of Death

This series is almost esoteric as each novel can be associated with nature’s season or the suit of Tarot cards. However it has a clear plot. The books are about people who find out that they should leave their everyday life to find their inner force, to get back the sacred objects they owned before, and to make the final choice. The series contain four books:

- Await the pilgrim on a stormy day
- What dream of blood means
- Beware of Serpent Queen’s glance
- All coincidences are not incidental

Cassandra’s Gardens

This series consists of two books where the riddles of the modern St. Petersburg get related to the mysterious cult of the goddess Hecate.

- Do not be afraid of the deep
- The weed’s diary

Gold

This series is about mysteries of gold, the metal which is the measure of all valuable things. The author explores the story of the ancient Atlantis as it could be and even other civilizations. Those stories develop in modern Russia – in its capital Moscow and far off in the mountains.

- In the temple of the Sun the trees are made of Gold
- In the mountains closer to the sky
- Traces of gods
- Soft steps in the Ocean

Gloria and others

This series is devoted to adventures and investigations of Gloria Golitsina who inherited the gift and the house of the famous “modern magus”. With all this she also inherited his clients. She started to help people understand the weirdest events which were programmed by the superior forces, ancient objects, inhuman creatures, etc.

- Mines of Queen of Sheba
- Portrait of the cavalier dressed in a blue jacket
- The dance of seven veils
- Demon of noon
- Still life with a silver vase
- The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds
- Gioconda e Pagliaccio
- Elixir for Joan of Arc
- A Passenger from the Titanic
- The Jaguar's Leap

Astra Eltsova

The main character of this series is Astra Eltsova who investigates “mystical” crimes where people are concerned not only with finding the criminal, but rather the reason and the way to protect themselves from curses, bad omens and fatal events.

- Magic of the venetian glass
- The mystery of the last sphinx
- Siegfried’s dagger
- The golden idol of Ognebog
- Sandglass of the Queen’s Astrologer
- The moon maid’s casket
- Gold of Scythians
- The star of Babylon
- Mantle with golden bees
- Red lion of the druids

Natalya Solntseva is also an author of separate books (The coin of desires, She was reading before going to bed) and short stories.