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The Winter of the Witch

by Katherine Arden

Part of the Winternight Trilogy Series

Fantasy Historical Fiction

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Oh what a beautiful all-consuming dream of a ride this is. Set in Moscow, a young woman finds herself at the centre of a battle for both humanity and a deep hidden magic. The Winter of the Witch is the third in the ‘Winternight’ trilogy, however, I confess that this was my first read of the three. I would most definitely recommend starting at the beginning with The Bear and the Nightingale as I’m now desperate to experience the wonder of the rest of the story, though it’s worth noting that the writing is so good, I immediately felt completely at home. I fell entranced into the pages and within the first few chapters I was so at one with the sense of place and characters, I actually cried at a heart-stopping moment. While the feel of a deep dark fairy tale washes over the pages, Katherine Arden creates a vivid realist bite and also encouraged me to connect as deeply with the more challenging characters as the more loveable ones. The Winter of the Witch is a fascinating, engaging, quite glorious read and I absolutely adored it. Highly recommended.

Liz Robinson

The Winter of the Witch Synopsis

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.

The Winter of the Witch Reader Reviews

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A beautiful story based on Russian folklore and myths - I can't recommend it highly enough. Full review

Kerry Bridges

A wonderful, magical read which brings this trilogy to a stunning conclusion. Full review

Helen Skinner

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ISBN: 9781785039713
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Publisher: Del Rey an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781785039713
Publication date: 10th January 2019
Author: Katherine Arden
Publisher: Del Rey an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 384 pages
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction, Fantasy, Folklore, myths & legends,

About Katherine Arden

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 ...

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