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The book is a literary complement to the first volume of "History of the Russian State. From the beginnings to the Mongol Conquest" by the famous writer and researcher Boris Akunin. It consists of three novellas – "The Fiery Finger", "The Devil's Spittle" and "Prince Cranberry". "The Fiery Finger". The middle of the IX century. To Kyiv, where prince Kyi is ruling, comes a Greek called Damianos Lekos. His goal is maximum reconnoitring of Slavic territories around Kyiv and further northward. The agent of Byzantine big-time politics is equipped at a state-of-the-art level of that time. At his disposal is a crossbow, telescopes and even true clones – slaves-tripokefals. Lekos sets off on a dangerous expedition trip to the north. In order to make it clear – whether the menace, coming from the northern race of Rus and their chief Rorik, is really so great… "The Devil's Spittle" is a novella about the conflict between Kyiv of Yaroslav the Wise and Constantinople of Constantine Monomakh. All this happens amid continuous court scheming and cabals in Kyiv itself, with mysterious murders, deception, substitution of infants and so on. Kyivan Rus' is really a part of Europe. At least to this extent… "Prince Cranberry". The beginning of the XIII century. Rus is split and abased. Prince Cranberry is a younger son of a recently deceased prince of some duchy being on the border of the Steppe. The elder brother, seemingly a heir apparent, ran away with all the treasury to the West even before his father's death. Prince Cranberry has both to painstakingly consolidate and assemble a new treasury and create a new duchy. Will he manage to do this?