Monday, December 17, 2018

REVIEW: The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

Book Blurb: Reviewers called Katherine Arden’s novels The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower “lyrical,” “emotionally stirring,” and “utterly bewitching.” 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 prove a blessing or a curse.

Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.

My Review: I have so many thoughts about this book and the trilogy in general that I don't even know where to begin. To begin with, before I even got approved to read this book I had been intrigued to read the first two books in the trilogy. When I got the notification that I got approved I started on The Bear and the Nightingale and I loved it. Then I read The Girl in the Tower and I loved it more than the first book. But then I started reading this one and the one thing I've been waiting for in the first two books finally happened and my heart squealed in joy. I have been shipping Morozko and Vasya together since The Bear and the Nightingale and while I'm extremely happy they ended up together it took too long for it to happen.

The Girl in the Tower was my favorite book in the trilogy before I read this one. I loved how everything tied together and came to a satisfying conclusion. The decision to bring back the Bear from the first book as a villain/ally in this book was brilliant. The idea just worked so well and while I still hate Medved he is a necessary evil and I can tolerate him now. I hated that Solovey was killed but it's alright as his death was made right at the end. I loved this book so much and I loved the trilogy as a whole. It's now my favorite book series, even more so than the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. 

Rating: ★★★★★

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