The Winter of the Witch

The Winter of the Witch

A Novel

Book - 2019
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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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