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The Bear and The Nightingale: (Winternight Trilogy) by [Katherine Arden]
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A stunning, magical fairy tale for adults. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


“Arden’s debut novel has the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale but is darker and more lyrical.”The Washington Post

“Vasya [is] a clever, stalwart girl determined to forge her own path in a time when women had few choices.”—The Christian Science Monitor

“Stunning . . . will enchant readers from the first page. . . . with an irresistible heroine who wants only to be free of the bonds placed on her gender and claim her own fate.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Utterly bewitching . . . a lush narrative . . . an immersive, earthy story of folk magic, faith, and hubris, peopled with vivid, dynamic characters, particularly clever, brave Vasya, who outsmarts men and demons alike to save her family.”Booklist (starred review)

“Arden’s supple, sumptuous first novel transports the reader to a version of medieval Russia where history and myth coexist.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Radiant . . . a darkly magical fairy tale for adults, [but] not just for those who love magic.”—Library Journal

“An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale . . . A Russian setting adds 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. The Bear and the Nightingale is a wonderfully layered novel of family 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 Katherine Arden's next book.”—Terry Brooks
The Bear and the Nightingale is a marvelous trip into an ancient Russia where magic is a part of everyday life.”—Todd McCaffrey
“Enthralling and enchanting—I couldn’t put it down. This is a wondrous book!”—Tamora Pierce --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08464P2PR
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cornerstone Digital; 1st edition (30 January 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3471 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 338 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reviewed in India on 3 January 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
By Anusree on 3 January 2018
When I picked up The Bear and the Nightingale, I didn't set my bar too high. I expected a cliche'd Disney-like fairy tale and nothing more. A few pages deep and I realized that I couldn't have been more wrong.

Be warned. This is not a story for the light hearted. It has misery, pain, evil and death in it. But there is also enough magic in it which could make you fall in love.

The Plot

Marina, the wife of Lord Pyotr - a boyar of a small village near deep woods of Russia- is pregnant with her fifth child. Though the husband and the house maid Dunya are concerned about Marina's frailness, she is determined to see the child born. Marina believes that baby would be a girl and would possess qualities of her mother, who was a wildling witch.

Soon after childbirth, Marina dies as her family dreaded. The child - Vasya, is indeed a girl who has inherited her grandmother's magical powers.

Her village slowly steps into poverty and despair, as a new priest takes over their church and urges the villagers to denounce the old Gods and embrace a new one. Vasya struggles to keep the old Gods pleased, but the villagers are scared of her powers and suspects her to be an evil witch. The story advances with Vasya's battles against the peril that is slowly tightening its grip over the village.

The Review

I categorise good books into three : The ones which have a great story that we almost don't notice the sloppy writing, the ones where a trivial or ordinary tale is craftily disguised with extra-ordinary narratives, and the ones which could sweep you off your feet with their sensational story and remarkable writing style. The Bear and the Nightingale arguably falls into the third category.

Arden has craftily blended a lot of emotions to her ink so well while writing this book. One could feel the pain, despair, hope and happiness in the lines as if they were one's own. The author also presents the perils of social issues like gender inequality and blind faith in religion, all without coming off as too whimpering. The choice of the backdrop to the story, medieval Russia is impeccable, and adds a certain historic value to the tale.

Having said all that, there are a few things which I noticed as the weak points of the plot.

For instance, there were characters who were packed off to distant lands at the beginning of the story. Though it would seem like they would have some important role in the tale at some point later, they never reappeared. After finishing the book, I couldn't help but wonder about their purposes.

It is also a little bit weedy that the flaws of Vasya and the virtues of her stepmother Anna are almost never mentioned. But that is something to be expected of most fairy tales.

Katherine Arden with her enchanting prose has made her way to my list of Authors to watch out for. I am looking forward to read more from her, and hope that they would mesmerize me just like this one did.
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Reviewed in India on 16 January 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting story twisted along with a dark fairytale.
By nitasha nayak on 16 January 2019
❄Storyline :
Q. Did the story have a good beginning?
A. The story started with a fairytale abd it was just so dark yet enchanting.
Q. Was there a lot of action?
A. The story contains a lot of characters. It did have a lot of actions but I found it a bit draggy because of so many characters and moreover the Russian names of the characters made it confusing to relate.
Q. What was the most exciting moment in the book?
A. When Vasya was saved by Morozko when she went out to get the flowers.
Q. Did you read the book to the end? Why?
A. The story is too gripping and you can't put the book down till the end.
❄Setting :
Q. When and where is your novel set?
A. It's set in a fictional land in Russia.
Q. Were the descriptions good?
A. Ths descriptions so good that it felt as if I was standing in middle of a snowy forest.
❄Characters :
Q. Pick up the main character in the novel you studied.
A. Vasya, Morozko, Pyotr, Alyosha, Irinika, Anna, Dunya, Konstantin, Medved.
. ❄Theme :
Q. If you had to say what the novel was about in one sentence how would you describe it?
A. An enchanting story twisted along with a dark fairytale. .
❄Language :
Q. Did you find this book easy to read?
A. The names of the characters confused me a lot. Along with it some Russian vocabulary just get over the head. Although there's a glossary available at the end of the book to get the reader acquainted with.
Q. Pick up your favorite description.
A. All my life,” she said, “I have been told ‘go’ and ‘come.’ I am told how I will live, and I am told how I must die. I must be a man’s servant and a mare for his pleasure, or I must hide myself behind walls and surrender my flesh to a cold, silent god. I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing. I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me.
❄Conclusion :
Q. Would you recommend this book and why?
A. This book is a must Winter read. I was so mesmerized by the book that I ordered the second book right away.
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Reviewed in India on 20 August 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it :)
By Kaps on 20 August 2019
When I started reading this it feels like a collection of Russian folk tales and Vasya’s childhood sequences were so interesting. As the story goes further it became a badass feminist dream novel. I love the writing style of Katherine Arden. The whole trilogy actually swiped me off my feet. Now it’s one of my forever favourites. Even the ghosts/ guardian spirits and horses are super cute and adorable in the series. And has some bits of horror in it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 December 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbounding ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 June 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Novel Rich in Folk Tradition and Run Through with Fairy Stories
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 September 2017
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 March 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars An ambious debut, that is richly imagined and an enchanting read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 February 2017
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