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Aksinya Secrets



Aksinya: Enchantment and the Daemon
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I developed and taught a class on the Apocrypha.  I've taught the class twice and you can see part of it on YouTube.  The book of Tobit is part of the intertestamental Apocrypha.  Tobit is a book about a young man who rescues a girl who is stalked by the demon, Asmodeus.  I also took some thematic ideas from Faust.  Faust is a book about a man, Faust, who contracts with the devil for power.  Aksinya  is a semi-allegory of the book of Tobit.  This secrets page is a work in progress--check back for new information on Aksinya.  

The Question: 

Aksinya asks a unique question:  what would be the result if you contracted a demon to save lives, but you were too late, and now you have a contract with a demon?      

The Characters: 

Aksinya  is the main character.  She is a wondrous sorceress who calls and contracts the demon Asmodeus to save her family.  She represents Sarah in Tobit.  She is powerful and emotionless but powerless to stop the temptation of the demon Asmodeus.

Asmodeus is the demon whom Aksinya called and who murdered the seven husbands of Sarah.  He represents himself.

Natalya  is Aksinya's lady-in-waiting.  She was a temptation placed by the demon.  She represents Tobias' dog from Tobit--sorry Natalya.   That's why this is a semi-allegory and not a perfect allegory.

Ernst  is Aksinya's suitor and represents Sarah's husbands that Asmodeus murdered.

Sister Margarethe  is a nun who becomes embroiled in the affairs of Aksinya and Natalya and ends up being their protector.  She doesn't match anyone specifically in Tobit.

Father Dobrushin  is an Orthodox priest.  He represents Tobias.

The Theme: 

The theme is about a contract with a demon by a person who does not want to accomplish evil.  It is a theme of temptation and fall while the main character hopes for redemption.  


If you were to contract with a demon, how could you free yourself?


Length of Novel:

121,475 words

Keywords and Market Focus:

Fiction, Russia, Austria, 1918, Wien, Vienna, Daemon, Demon, Aksinya, Asmodeus, Catholic Church, Sorcery, Travel, Orthodox Church, Russian Revolution, WWI, temptation, desire, convent, nobility, Countess, aristocracy, languages, Latin, Greek, German, French, contract, evil, Tobit; will fascinate anyone interested in sorcery, mystery, and suspense—will appeal particularly to those who enjoy historical mystery and suspense novels.

The conceptual theme of Aksinya is similar to Faust, a story about a man who makes a contract with the devil. The difference is the main character in Aksinya did not intend evil through her actions and constantly attempts to find some means to break her contract with the demon.




In November 1918, Lady Aksinya Andreiovna Golitsyna called the demon Asmodeus to protect her noble family from the Bolsheviks.  At the time, Russia was in the middle of a revolution and a civil war.  The aristocracy was at risk every moment from rapine and murder.  Aksinya conjured a demon to protect her family, but she was too late.  When Aksinya and Asmodeus arrived at the estate, her father and mother, brother and sister were already dead.  She became the Countess of Golitsyna because no one else remained alive.  Aksinya was left in a very trying situation:  she had conjured a demon, whose only purpose was to aid her in accomplishing evil, but Aksinya didn’t desire to accomplish evil—she only wanted to protect her family and now, they were all dead.

Aksinya was unfortunately well trained to accomplish evil.  She was a sorceress and a powerful one.  At every turn, the demon, Asmodeus tempts Aksinya through her sorcery to evil.  Aksinya has other problems as well.  With the demon at her side, the world for Aksinya becomes one of repeated temptation and fall.  The demon tempts her to call a servant, the Lady Natalya.  He tempts her to travel to Wien, Austria and to her relatives there.  He tempts her to sorcery at every turn.  He tempts her to take a lover.  Each of the temptations drives her deeper and deeper into the depths of evil and despair.

Aksinya isn’t passive in her resistance, but she has few tools and fewer chances to fight against Asmodeus.  Plus, she doesn’t want to fight his temptation—that is the nature of temptation.  She desires sorcery.  She desires noble and aristocratic possessions.  She desires control, and the demon gives her all these things. 

What Aksinya doesn’t realize is that Asmodeus’ purpose is not for her good at all, only for evil.  His purpose is to tempt her into destruction, and her destruction will result in the end of her friends, acquaintances, and relatives.  The demon plans a much greater end to everything in Aksinya’s life than she could ever imagine. 

Aksinya wishes to be free from the demon, and she will give up almost everything to achieve that goal.  Will she be able to gain her freedom and will she be able to face the results of that freedom?

Author's reviewer’s quotes:

Aksinya is a woman driven to control her world, but she is caught in the web of control of the demon, Asmodeus.   

A super tense novel about temptation and redemption: Aksinya loses her family, her freedom, and her inheritance—she gains a contact with the demon, Asmodeus.   

This novel is about a kind of anti-Faust.  Instead of an evil person who contracts a demon to accomplish evil, Aksinya contracts a demon to save her family—unfortunately, she is too late, and the demon’s desire to do evil won’t be put off.

Short descriptive teasers:

Aksinya contracted the demon, Asmodeus to save her family from the Bolsheviks, unfortunately her family was already dead.   

The demon, Asmodeus purpose is to tempt Aksinya to accomplish evil.

Before Aksinya can gain her freedom from the demon, Asmodeus, she might lose her friends, relations, and acquaintances, and it will all be her fault. 




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