The Winter of the Witch

The Winter of the Witch

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A magical and captivating coming of age novel set in medieval Russia - perfect for fans of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. 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&́#x80;™s Winternight Trilogy isn&́#x80;™t just good-it&́#x80;™s hug-to-your-chest, straight-to-the-favourites-shelf, reread-immediately good, and each book just gets better. 'Laini Taylor.
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital, [London] : 2020
ISBN: 9781473582224
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Bolinda Digital BorrowBox

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The Winternight Trilogy introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will pr... Read More »

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Apr 22, 2020

Although at times I felt Vasya was made to ignore certain things in order to keep the plot and/or mystery going for longer than it should have, and the ending itself was a bit rushed compared to everything else, I still enjoyed this very much. Overall, a great series.

Mar 21, 2020

I have to recover a little that this series is over. But, happily, the final book was as beautiful and as satisfying as I could have wished.

What I loved about this book in particular was how much time was spent with the magical creatures of this world. Like the other books, the historical is weaved into the fantastic, and Arden's extraordinary skill makes it all work. She creates this gorgeous atmosphere that is spellbinding.

And her lead character, Vasya, is unforgettable. It's rare to have such a convincing and interesting character and character arc. Vasya grows and changes and I believed her every step of the way. Brother Sasha was another favorite. The bravery and sacrifice of Arden's characters brought me to tears.

I feel sorry for whatever I read next for having to follow this.

Jan 02, 2020

One of the most beautifully written series ever. I cried, I laughed, and I was devastated when I turned the last page that it was all over.

Oct 18, 2019

A beautifully imagined combination of Russian folklore and historical fiction. This is the final book in the Winternight trilogy that simply got better with each novel. Enchanting to read, even more so when listened to on audio.

Mar 02, 2019

I really liked the book. Truly, I did. But Am I the only person who thinks that the last 100 pages were dragged out, possibly unnecessary??

Feb 25, 2019

Brilliant. The final book in the trilogy was the best. This would have to be the most enchanting fantasy series I have ever read. The characters, mystery and story were all exceptional. Well worth reading the series

PimaLib_ChristineR Feb 12, 2019

Warning: May contain spoilers for The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower.

Don't you love it when a whole series is great? No middle book slump. No let-down ending. This series has absolutely everything I want and nothing I don't. The Winter of the Witch picks up right where The Girl in the Tower left off, and throws us right into the action. Vasya released the firebird at the end of the last novel, trying to save her cousin, the Prince of Moscow, but in doing so, she inadvertently set quite a bit of the wooden city on fire. Now we find her dealing with the consequences of her actions, consequences that are made more dire as priest Konstantin Nikonovich thinks to take the ultimate prize from Vasya, her life. Yes, that's just the start.

Arden throws us headlong into heavy action, whipping us back into her world of 14th century Russia. In this finale, it is the trio of Vasya, Medved (the Bear), and Morozko (the Winter King), who take center stage. After escaping Moscow, Vasya must decide if she wants to help the city or turn her back on it. Medved represents the forces of chaos and life, still holding sway over the disillusioned Father Konstantin. Morozko, who is also the death God, holds sway over winter. Arden does an amazing job of humanizing each of these characters of raw force. With the simple word "please" Medved becomes more understandable. With a touch, Morozko is the hero we want.

Arden focuses heavily on the dichotomy of paganism and Christianity, as she even explains in her afterword. Up until the Russian Revolution many still practiced this idea of dual faith, following Christianity on the one hand but maintaining a belief in the spirits of the home and nature. Where Konstantin represented the fight for Christianity over any other belief in previous novels, here Vasya must deal with her own family, as both her sister, Olga, and her brother, Sasha, fear for her soul, even as they accept that she can see beyond the world that they know.

Arden deals with historic elements that create the final conflict of the novel, but to say more would be a spoiler. So, I'll just say that Arden is a storyteller. I gasped, cried, and was held completely spellbound until the last page was read.

kobrien3 Jan 29, 2019

This is a bittersweet book for me, because I loved it, but of course it had to end, and I just want more Katherine Arden to read! A strong, sad and hopeful conclusion to this gorgeous series, I devoured this book, trying not to cry the whole way through (and failing a few times). Getting lost in Vasya's world and Arden's beautiful writing has been a joy and I can't wait to see what she does next. If you love Russian history, fairy tale adaptations, strong female characters, and magic, you absolutely cannot go wrong with this series!

ejgarboczi2 Jan 16, 2019

An exciting, fulfilling, and bittersweet conclusion to a fantastic trilogy.


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Apr 22, 2020

Sexual Content: There is a sex scene about halfway through the novel, though nothing is graphically described.

Apr 22, 2020

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Scenes of the dead rising may be much for readers under 15.

Apr 22, 2020

Violence: Lots of battle scenes, some blood mentioned.

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Apr 22, 2020

“It is not for men and women to presume what the Lord wishes. That way lies evil, when men put themselves too high, saying, I know what God wants, for it is also what I want.”


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