Friday, February 1, 2019

Julie's Review: The Winter of the Witch

Author: Katherine Arden
Series: Winternight Trilogy #3
Publication Date: January 8, 2018
Publisher: Del Rey
Pages: 352
Obtained: publisher
Genre:  Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5
Bottom Line: It was a great end to a wonderful series
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Summary: Reviewers called Katherine Arden’s novels The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower “lyrical,” “emotionally stirring,” and “utterly bewitching.” The Winternight Trilogy introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse. Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.  

Review: When a friend recommended the first in the series The Bear and the Nightingale I wasn't sure since it's folklore/fantasy; two genres I really don't read. I have to say that I'm happy that I did. This trilogy has been one of the best reads out of my comfort zone that I've had in a long time. Vasya is a force to be reckoned with. She is sure of herself and her beliefs even in the face of the worst evil you can imagine. She is the defender of her family and the defender of a world of beliefs that the Russian people have turned their back on.

The Winter of the Witch is the tumultuous conclusion to the series that has Vasya questioning herself and her loyalties. She is up against 2 powerful enemies who have joined forces to destroy her and everything she loves. She has to find it within herself to be courageous and strong to fight for those that can't fight for herself.

This is a series that is about family, love, self-love, self-worth and finding yourself. If you are a fan of folklore or Russian history then you won't want to miss this trilogy. I also can't wait to see what Ms. Arden writes next.   



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