Short Book Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

31344916Title: The Bear and the Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden

Publication Date: January 12th 2017

Format: ARC

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…

4 stars and a half

**I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions, as always, are my own.**

An intoxicating combination of beautiful writing and haunting atmosphere, this is definitely a book for those of us who enjoy myths and legends. Not only does it use a lot of Russian myths as its ground work but it’s also written as one. The writing is beautiful and lyrical, well not lyrical exactly but it does flow nicely and smoothly, and Vasya, the main character and heroine, who is a wild and rebellious child, is a breath of fresh air in a time where women were inferior and only used as breeding mares.  Only reason why the rating isn’t five stars is because that the first half of the book is sort of slow and plotless.

 

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