The Winter of the Witch

The Winter of the Witch

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Book - 2019
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and 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.

"A tale both intimate and epic, featuring a heroine whose harrowing and wondrous journey culminates in an emotionally resonant finale."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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.

Praise for Winter of the Witch

"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 better . The 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

"Luxuriously detailed yet briskly suspenseful . . . A striking literary fantasy informed by Arden's deep knowledge." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Visceral descriptions of battle, an atmospheric sense of place, and some truly heartbreaking moments of loss make this a gut-wrenching read, but there's ample hope and satisfaction to be found as Vasya chooses her own unique path to triumph." -- Booklist
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101885994
1101885998
Branch Call Number: FANTASY ARDEN K
Characteristics: 372 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.

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Squid_1
Mar 02, 2019

I really liked the book. Truly, I did. But Am I the only person who thinks that the last 100 pages were dragged out, possibly unnecessary??

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finn75
Feb 25, 2019

Brilliant. The final book in the trilogy was the best. This would have to be the most enchanting fantasy series I have ever read. The characters, mystery and story were all exceptional. Well worth reading the series

PimaLib_ChristineR Feb 12, 2019

Warning: May contain spoilers for The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower.

Don't you love it when a whole series is great? No middle book slump. No let-down ending. This series has absolutely everything I want and nothing I don't. The Winter of the Witch picks up right where The Girl in the Tower left off, and throws us right into the action. Vasya released the firebird at the end of the last novel, trying to save her cousin, the Prince of Moscow, but in doing so, she inadvertently set quite a bit of the wooden city on fire. Now we find her dealing with the consequences of her actions, consequences that are made more dire as priest Konstantin Nikonovich thinks to take the ultimate prize from Vasya, her life. Yes, that's just the start.

Arden throws us headlong into heavy action, whipping us back into her world of 14th century Russia. In this finale, it is the trio of Vasya, Medved (the Bear), and Morozko (the Winter King), who take center stage. After escaping Moscow, Vasya must decide if she wants to help the city or turn her back on it. Medved represents the forces of chaos and life, still holding sway over the disillusioned Father Konstantin. Morozko, who is also the death God, holds sway over winter. Arden does an amazing job of humanizing each of these characters of raw force. With the simple word "please" Medved becomes more understandable. With a touch, Morozko is the hero we want.

Arden focuses heavily on the dichotomy of paganism and Christianity, as she even explains in her afterword. Up until the Russian Revolution many still practiced this idea of dual faith, following Christianity on the one hand but maintaining a belief in the spirits of the home and nature. Where Konstantin represented the fight for Christianity over any other belief in previous novels, here Vasya must deal with her own family, as both her sister, Olga, and her brother, Sasha, fear for her soul, even as they accept that she can see beyond the world that they know.

Arden deals with historic elements that create the final conflict of the novel, but to say more would be a spoiler. So, I'll just say that Arden is a storyteller. I gasped, cried, and was held completely spellbound until the last page was read.

kobrien3 Jan 29, 2019

This is a bittersweet book for me, because I loved it, but of course it had to end, and I just want more Katherine Arden to read! A strong, sad and hopeful conclusion to this gorgeous series, I devoured this book, trying not to cry the whole way through (and failing a few times). Getting lost in Vasya's world and Arden's beautiful writing has been a joy and I can't wait to see what she does next. If you love Russian history, fairy tale adaptations, strong female characters, and magic, you absolutely cannot go wrong with this series!

ejgarboczi2 Jan 16, 2019

An exciting, fulfilling, and bittersweet conclusion to a fantastic trilogy.

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