Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden.
One girl can make a difference…
Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers – and someone to blame. Vasilisa, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic.
Then a vengeful demon returns, stronger than ever. Determined to engulf the world in chaos, he finds allies among men and spirits. Mankind and magical creatures alike find their fates resting on Vasya’s shoulders.
But she may not be able to save them all.
‘heart-stoppingly good…beautifully written, this adventure shimmers and shines with magic of all kinds. Unmissable.’ Sunday Express
‘If you’re a lover of fairytales you are in for an absolute treat. It’s truly magical’ The Pool
‘Katherine Arden’s Winternight Trilogy isn’t just good―it’s hug-to-your-chest, straight-to-the-favourites-shelf, reread-immediately good, and each book just gets better. ‘Laini Taylor
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I have loved all three books in this magical series from first meeting Vasya as an inquisitive young girl that investigated the things she saw and heard that her siblings didn’t, to the brave and captivating woman whose power and wisdom grew with her to bring this trilogy to a magnificent conclusion.
This final book begins where the last book ended, with Moscow engulfed in flames literally by the hands of Vasya. Old enemies have become more powerful and see this as the perfect time to whip up the people into a frenzy of hate and steer it at her. The Bear, twin brother of The Winter King, only has to stand in the shadows and feed on the fear of Vasya and dark thoughts of the mob to enable him to grow stronger. I was reading at an almighty pace with the intensity of the story. Visually bringing it all to life, the shouts and jeers of the mob and the crackling of the flames on the wood as it took hold and raced towards her. Vasya is a skillful fighter but it is her cunning and planning that always gives her the edge.
There are so many directions that this story takes, with my mind having to look at some characters in a new light, one in particular mischievously entertaining, in the darkest of ways but with a playfulness that teases Vasya and the reader. I loved the contrasts of where they lived, one of human and the other of magical creatures that can only be seen by a few. There are many unforgettable characters and creatures in the woods, at the end of the road to Midnight and lurking in the shadows if you have the ability to see them.
I loved one particular chapter that for me is one of the best ever romantic scenes in any book. I was blown away with its intensity and meltdown. Katherine Arden just seems to cover every base possible. The story comes to life in glorious colour with surround sound. Beautiful descriptions with contrasting vivid battles and slaughter. Intense emotions, heartbreak and eternal love, family, loyalty, new alliances, and hope. What a tremendous ending. The whole series is pure perfection that combines facts and fables seamlessly.
HERE IS A LITTLE 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 and The Girl in the Tower. These novels make up the first two parts of The Winternight Trilogy.