December 05, 2018

#BookReview: The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by @arden_katherine

Title: The Winter of the Witch
Author: Katherine Arden 
Series: Winternight Trilogy #3
Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction
Pages: Hardcover384 pages
Pub Date: 
January 9th 2019
Del Rey Books
Book Source: Edelweiss
My Rating: 5 Stars
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Synopsis:  Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingaleand The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.

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.

About the Author: Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent her junior year of high school in Rennes, France.

Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrolment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature.

After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crêpes to serving as a personal tour guide. After a year on the island, she moved to Briançon, France, and spent nine months teaching. She then returned to Maui, stayed for nearly a year, then left again to wander. Currently she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know.

She is the author of The Bear and the Nightingale.

“Katherine Arden’s Winternight Trilogy isn’t just good—it’s hug-to-your-chest, straight-to-the-favorites-shelf, reread-immediately good, and each book just gets betterThe Winter of the Witch plunges us back to fourteenth-century Moscow, where old gods and new vie for the soul of Russia and fate rests on a witch girl’s slender shoulders. Prepare to have your heart ripped out, loaned back to you full of snow and magic, and ripped out some more.”—Laini Taylor

Praise for the novels of Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale

“Arden’s debut novel has the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale but is darker and more lyrical.”The Washington Post
“A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.”—Naomi Novik, bestselling author of Uprooted
 “Stunning . . . will enchant readers from the first page . . . with an irresistible heroine who wants only to be free of the bonds placed on her gender.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Utterly bewitching . . . peopled with vivid, dynamic characters.”Booklist (starred review)

“An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale . . . a beautifully layered novel of family and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic.”—Robin Hobb
“Supple, sumptuous . . . transports the reader to a version of medieval Russia where history and myth coexist.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Vasya [is] a clever, stalwart protagonist, determined to forge her own path in a time when women had few choices.”—The Christian Science Monitor

The Girl in the Tower
“Following her absorbingly vibrant and highly praised debut Arden . . . continues the story of the brave and impetuous Vasya.”Library Journal

“[A] sensual, beautifully written, and emotionally stirring fantasy. Fairy tales don’t get better than this.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Arden’s lush, lyrical writing cultivates an intoxicating, visceral atmosphere, and her marvelous sense of pacing carries the novel along at a propulsive clip. A masterfully told story of folklore, history, and magic with a spellbinding heroine at the heart of it all.”Booklist (starred review)

My Review: This epic series has been one of my favorites since I read the first book. The lyrical tone and writing takes you to a far away land of ice and cold and it just does not let you until you finish that last page.  When I was given the chance to read the third one I jumped on it with everything I had and finished this one in a night.  Lets just say that the sun was rising when I was done and I am very happy that I was off work today. Becuase that would not have worked out so well.  

This final book was so good you could see how far the author's writing has come since book one and she weaved a beautiful story that I could not put down. Last books in a series are such a stressfull thing to read becuase you worry about how it's going to end and wither or not all of the loose ends will be tied up or will you be left with questions that will never get answered. I have to say that this author did a glorous and satisfying job with this one. 

This story picks up where the other left off and you are tossed into stress and gasps and well it was just a lot of hyperventalting for me right off the start with this story. The pacing to this one was spot on and I really think it probably could have been slowed down a little.  I really enjoyed how Vasya grew over the series into a woman that was just an incredible stong. 

I can't spoil anything for you but I will say that this was one of the best journeys I have read in some time and I will totally be open to reviewing more for this site.  This book is for the fan of the series and if you haven't checked it out you should really get on that.  

This is one story that is going to rip out your heart and then glue it back together a few times.  But it was so worth it!! 

Go Into This One Knowing: Wonderful Ending

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