Mini Review: Winter of the Witch

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Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen. 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.

Final thoughts

If The Bear and the Nightingale was a slow burn, and The Girl in the Tower was a frantic race, The Winter of the Witch is the most glorious melding of the two. All of our storylines and characters are coming to a head. Everything is converging for these last battles, and you can’t help but feel the tension. Each character is so beautifully developed, some achingly so. I have never felt such loathing as I do for Father Konstantin throughout this series. It is so well done.

Words escape me when I try to write about this series. It felt like Katherine Arden came out of nowhere, and now I can’t get enough. The prose is beautifully written, transporting you to this fantastical past, all the way to the snowy landscape of Russia. There is something so atmospheric about these books. The writing is on another level, feeling lyrical at times, but never heavy-handed. I was so blown away with the first in the series, and while the second lost a bit of the fairy tale quality, the finale really pulled it together and knocked it out of the park. It’s a little bittersweet that it’s over. If you haven’t read this series yet, what the heck are you waiting for?

5 Star

I received a free ARC via NetGalley in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Details

Author: Katherine Arden
Release Date: January 8, 2019
Format Read: Kindle
Category(s): Fantasy, Magical Realism
Pages:  384 (Hardcover)
Series(?): 3 of 3 (The Winternight Trilogy)

 

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