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Katherine Arden - Author

About the Author

Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent her junior year of high school in Rennes, France. Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrolment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature. After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crepes to serving as a personal tour guide. After a year on the island, she moved to Briancon, France, and spent nine months teaching. She then returned to Maui, stayed for nearly a year, then left again to wander. Currently she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know. She is the author of The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower. These novels make up the first two parts of The Winternight Trilogy.

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Dead Voices

Dead Voices

Author: Katherine Arden Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2019

Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent Smiling Man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire. Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of it, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls. Then Mr. Faland, a mysterious reporter and ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm. Ollie, Coco, and Brian want to trust him, but Ollie's watch, which helped save them from the Smiling Man before, has a new cautionary message: BEWARE. With Mr. Faland's help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock who may need their help - but not all ghosts can or should be trusted. Dead Voices is a creep-tastic follow-up to Small Spaces with thrills and chills galore and the captive foreboding of a classic ghost story.

The Bear and The Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy)

The Bear and The Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy)

Author: Katherine Arden Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2019

Beware the evil in the woods. . . 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 Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. ***** Now with over 100 5* reviews, readers are spellbound by this magical story: 'This book stayed with me, I didn't want it to end' 'A beautifully written story' 'An entrancing story, which swept me up from the very first chapter' 'Full of magic' *Make sure you've read all the books in the Winternight Trilogy* 1. The Bear and the Nightingale 2. The Girl in the Tower 3. The Winter of the Witch

The Girl in The Tower (Winternight Trilogy)

The Girl in The Tower (Winternight Trilogy)

Author: Katherine Arden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or life in a convent. Vasya will choose a third way: magic. . . The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile bandits roam the countryside, burning the villages and kidnapping its daughters. Setting out to defeat the raiders, the Prince and his trusted companion come across a young man riding a magnificent horse. Only Sasha, a priest with a warrior's training, recognises this 'boy' as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical. . . A spellbinding fairytale full of magic and wonder, perfect for fans of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. *Make sure you've read all the books in the Winternight Trilogy* 1. The Bear and the Nightingale 2. The Girl in the Tower 3. The Winter of the Witch

medve es a csalogany

medve es a csalogany

Author: Katherine Arden Format: eBook Release Date: 18/04/2018

Gyilkos szel fuj a vad orosz videken, messze eszakon; nagyon reg nem volt ilyen fogcsikorgato hideg. A fak kozott suttogasok, leptek zaja hallatszik. A medve ebredezik, egyre erosebb, es ha eltepi koteleit, talan senki sem allithatja meg tobbe. Vaszilisza zold szemu, vadoc kislany, aki egy fahaz kemencejenek melegenel dadaja regi idokrol szolo meseire alszik el. Napkozben lovagol, fara maszik, az erdoket jarja; ott erzi igazan otthon magat, az allatok es novenyek kozott. De Vaszja nem fiu, az a sorsa, hogy nove erve gyermekeket szuljon es ellassa urat. A kislany mar egeszen fiatal kora ota tudja, hogy neki nem ezt irtak meg, edesanyja nem ezert hozta a vilagra, mielott belehalt volna a szulesbe. Eletevel egyutt kulonleges tudast adott a kislanynak, olyat, amely megvaltoztathatja egesz nepe sorsat. Katherine Arden elso regenye az orosz mitoszok es nepmesek varazslatos vilagaba viszi az olvasot, ahol a csodak mindennaposak, a demonok es manok jelenlete megszokott, ahol ember es termeszet olyan osszhangban elhet egyutt, ahogy csak a legendakban lehetseges. Ragyogo sotet es varazslatos tundermese, de nem csak azoknak, akik szeretik a meseket. Library Journal

The Girl in The Tower (Winternight Trilogy)

The Girl in The Tower (Winternight Trilogy)

Author: Katherine Arden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2018

For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or a life in a convent. Vasya will choose a third way: magic... The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile bandits roam the countryside, burning the villages and kidnapping its daughters. Setting out to defeat the raiders, the Prince and his trusted companion come across a young man riding a magnificent horse. Only Sasha, a priest with a warrior's training, recognises this 'boy' as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical...

Girl in The Tower

Girl in The Tower

Author: Katherine Arden Format: eBook Release Date: 25/01/2018

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, read by Kathleen Gati.For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or a life in a convent. Vasya will choose a third way: magic...The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile bandits roam the countryside, burning the villages and kidnapping its daughters. Setting out to defeat the raiders, the Prince and his trusted companion come across a young man riding a magnificent horse.Only Sasha, a priest with a warrior's training, recognises this 'boy' as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical...

Girl in the Tower

Girl in the Tower

Author: Katherine Arden Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2017

A remarkable young woman blazes her own trail, from the backwoods of Russia to the court of Moscow, in the exhilarating sequel to Katherine Arden's bestselling debut novel,The Bear and the Nightingale.Katherine Arden's enchanting first novel introduced readers to an irresistible heroine. Vasilisa has grown up at the edge of a Russian wilderness, where snowdrifts reach the eaves of her family's wooden house and there is truth in the fairy tales told around the fire. Vasilisa's gift for seeing what others do not won her the attention of MorozkoFrost, the winter demon from the storiesand together they saved her people from destruction. But Frost's aid comes at a cost, and her people have condemned her as a witch.Now Vasilisa faces an impossible choice. Driven from her home by frightened villagers, the only options left for her are marriage or the convent. She cannot bring herself to accept either fate and instead chooses adventure, dressing herself as a boy and setting off astride her magnificent stallion Solovey. But after Vasilisa prevails in a skirmish with bandits, everything changes. The Grand Prince of Moscow anoints her a hero for her exploits, and she is reunited with her beloved sister and brother, who are now part of the Grand Prince's inner circle. She dares not reveal to the court that she is a girl, for if her deception were discovered it would have terrible consequences for herself and her family. Before she can untangle herself from Moscow's intriguesand as Frost provides counsel that may or may not be trustworthyshe will also confront an even graver threat lying in wait for all of Moscow itself.Praise for The Girl in the Tower';[A] magical story set in an alluring Russia.'Paste ';Arden's lush, lyrical writing cultivates an intoxicating, visceral atmosphere, and her marvelous sense of pacing carries the novel along at a propulsive clip. A masterfully told story of folklore, history, and magic with a spellbinding heroine at the heart of it all.'Booklist (starred review)';[A] sensual, beautifully written, and emotionally stirring fantasy . . . Fairy tales don't get better than this.'Publishers Weekly (starred review)';[Katherine] Arden once again delivers an engaging fantasy that mixes Russian folklore and history with delightful worldbuilding and lively characters.'Library Journal

The Bear and The Nightingale (Winternight Series)

The Bear and The Nightingale (Winternight Series)

Author: Katherine Arden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2017

Beware the evil in the woods. . . 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 Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. ***** Now with over 100 5* reviews, readers are spellbound by this magical story: 'This book stayed with me, I didn't want it to end' 'A beautifully written story' 'An entrancing story, which swept me up from the very first chapter' 'Full of magic' *Make sure you've read all the books in the Winternight Trilogy* 1. The Bear and the Nightingale 2. The Girl in the Tower 3. The Winter of the Witch

Bear and The Nightingale

Bear and The Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2017

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, read by Kathleen Gati. A young woman's family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales.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, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain,intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, the father hides the gift away and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, wilful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.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.

Bear and the Nightingale

Bear and the Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden Format: eBook Release Date: 10/01/2017

Katherine Arden's bestselling debut novel spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice. ';A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.'Naomi Novik, bestselling author of UprootedWinter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse's fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil. Then Vasya's widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya's stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village. But Vasya's stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village's defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealedto protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse's most frightening tales.Praise for The Bear and the Nightingale';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) ';An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale . . . The Bear and the Nightingale is a wonderfully layered novel of family and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic.'Robin Hobb

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