Goodreads Monday (22): The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

I’ve been wanting to read more books set in Russia (not during WWII) and I’ve been finding myself more open to fantasy trilogies too. This book seems to hit the mark on both counts. Additionally, the story is based on Russian fairy tales, is supposed to be quite descriptive and it’s a book often hyped by one of my favourite bloggers. I definitely want to check this out.


Katherine Arden’s bestselling debut novel spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.

“A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.”—Naomi Novik, bestselling author of Uprooted
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Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.

Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village. 

But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

 


Have you ever read this book? What are you reading this week?

Have a good Week!

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  1. I love this book, and if you’re looking for others set in Russia, I highly recommend Enchantment by Orson Scott Card. It’s a Sleeping Beauty retelling and one of my favourite retellings ever. It also encompasses the Slavic mythology of Baba Yaga and Ivan the Bear.

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