Backlist Review: The Bear & the Nightingale (The Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden

I read this book as part of a group read for The Book Democracy and The Booket List on Facebook.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

I first tried to listen to this as an audiobook. I really loved hearing the pronunciation of all the Russian names, places and terms. While it was music to my ears, it was confusion to my brain and I didn’t process anything from the 2 audio parts I listened to. So I switched to the ebook and I was off!

The Russian setting and the winter backdrop gave this such a magical, and dark atmosphere. I really loved hearing the Russian tales of Morozko and how it all came together in this retelling. I’ve never read the Tale of Vasilisa the Beautiful, so this was all new to me.

Vasya was a wild child from the beginning and I loved how unapologetic she was about it. Even when the people of her village turned on her, she stood her ground. And that’s not an easy thing to do when people are calling you a witch and want you dead. I loved seeing her fight for the little folk who protect her village. All Vasya wants is to be free, but her father, step-mother and the local priest keep trying to define her to roles she is not meant to fill.

My favorite scenes were whenever Morozko and Vasya would interact or when Vasya was telling Konstantin off, because he pissed me off throughout this whole book.

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