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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine ArdenAt the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesnt mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurses fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisas mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisas new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisas stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurses most frightening tales.
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Beware the evil in the woods. In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church. But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods. The Bear and the Nightingale 2. The Girl in the Tower 3.
Set in medieval Russia, it traced the fraught path of a young woman named Vasya who is one of the few who can still see and speak with the old spirits of the land, and who rejects the well-worn path of domesticity for a life of adventure. We named The Bear and the Nightingale as one of the ten best books published that month, and later in the year announced it as the best fantasy novel of Shortly afterward, her follow-up, The Girl in the Tower , again captured a spot on the top ten list, defying the stereotypical sophomore slump so many authors suffer. This month, The Winter of the Witch delivers the white-hot conclusion to Arden's Winternight Trilogy, as Vasya's alliances with the old spirits could be her downfall even as the far-stronger Tartars invade Russia. We spoke with Arden by phone from her home in snowy Vermont. Ironically, Arden began writing her Russian-based fantasy novels while she was in much-warmer Hawaii. She was a Russian major in college and had spent two years in Russia immersing herself in the language and the culture.
Added by 12 of our members. Katherine Arden's bestselling debut novel spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice. 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.