American Gods

American Gods

Zorya Verchernyaya Character Analysis

Zorya Verchernyaya, or the Evening Star (as her name means in Russian), is a Slavic goddess who has control over twilight and is able to tell pretty lies and fortunes for people. Zorya Verchernyaya and her sisters guard the sky, making sure the monsters of the constellations do not escape and eat the world. Zorya Verchernyaya is the only Zorya sister who is able to make money for their family, making sure that the Zorya Sisters and Czernobog can survive in America now that they can no longer live on belief.
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Zorya Verchernyaya Character Timeline in American Gods

The timeline below shows where the character Zorya Verchernyaya appears in American Gods. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 4
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...coming down the stairs. Wednesday greets her and then introduces Shadow to her, calling her Zorya Verchernyaya . Zorya Verchernyaya is initially suspicious of Shadow’s appearance, but perks up when she hears... (full context)
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Plurality and the Power of the Individual in America Theme Icon
...anyone can operate. Zorya Utrennyaya comes in with black coffee and comments that her sister Zorya Verchernyaya is out shopping. Shadow mentions that Zorya Verchernyaya tells fortunes, and Zorya Utrennyaya nods, saying... (full context)
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Zorya Verchernyaya brings supper into the sitting room, serving five bowls of borscht, leathery pot roast, and... (full context)
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Zorya Verchernyaya insists that Wednesday and Shadow spend the night at their house, though they have to... (full context)
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...is always comfortable at night, just as Zorya Utrennyaya is always comfortable at dawn and Zorya Verchernyaya is always comfortable at dusk. Shadow asks if Zorya Polunochnaya’s nocturnal life is a medical... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...visited. Zorya Utrennyaya opens the door and tells Shadow to leave and come back tomorrow. Zorya Verchernyaya and Zorya Utrennyaya are busy preparing for Bielebog’s arrival, and continue to tell Shadow to... (full context)