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The Bear and The Nightingale: (Winternight Trilogy) - Winternight Trilogy (Paperback)Katherine Arden (author)
Frost-demons have no interest in mortal girls wed to mortal men. In the stories, they only come for the wild maiden.
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...
Atmospheric and enchanting, with an engrossing adventure at its core, The Bear and the Nightingale is perfect for readers of Naomi Novik's Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman.
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 36 mm
'...beautiful literary fairytale...incredibly lyrical prose...a joy to read. Arden opens her imagination wide and succeeds in transporting the reader to an evocative world...with a heroine it's impossible not to love...' - Stylist
'Wonderfully inventive' - Heat Magazine
'Arden's debut novel has the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale but is darker and more lyrical. The novel is deceptively simple, but its characters and plot are sophisticated and complex. Arden explores what happens when fear and ignorance whip people into a furore, and how society can be persuaded to act against its own interests so easily. It's a rather apt tale for our times.' - Washington Post
'An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale. A Russian setting adds a unfamiliar spice to the story of a young woman who does not rebel against the limits of her role in her culture so much as transcend them. A wonderfully layered novel of family roles and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic.' - Robin Hobb
'A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.' - Naomi Novik
'Haunting and lyrical, The Bear and the Nightingale tugs at the heart and quickens the pulse. I can't wait for her next book.' - Terry Brooks
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This Russian fairytale is atmospheric and rich in detail. It is a book that is perfect to read when the weather is cold outside. You will be drawn to this world of wonder but beware, things may not be all that they... More
“Lyrical, Fantastical, and Awe inspiring!”
Lyrical, Fantastical, and Awe inspiring, The Bear and the Nightingale is up there with Naomi Novik's Uprooted, and has me still thinking about it.
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“Ultimate verdict: Fairy tale lovers cannot go wrong with this.”
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