Review | The Bear and The Nightingale

: The Bear and The Nightingale
Series: Winternight Trilogy #1
Author: Katherine Arden
Publisher: Del Rey Books

My rating: ★★★★☆

A magical tale with dangerous creatures and an atmospheric vibe!

The Bear and The Nightingale is the first installment in the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden, a truly magical story inspired by Russian legends and tales.

After Vasilisa's mother passed away, life for her and her family became hard. But, when her father introduces to his children his new wife, who is set on forbidding any spiritual honoring and sending her stepdaughter away one way or another, little do they know of the danger that is going to loom over their lives.

Our heroine is Vasilisa, a fierce and brave protagonist, fit to an amazing novel like this. I loved following her adventure and getting to know more about her life, the tales her nurse used to tell her and immerse myself in traditional Russian tales.

There was an intense atmosphere throughout this novel, with magic, reality and fairy tales blending perfectly into an unmistakably unique story. The winter was described so intensely, making the hardships the family experienced all that more heart felt.

Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of horror stories or tales and the fact that there were quite a few frightening elements in this novel, only serves to emphasize the amount of love I have in my heart for this story!

I found myself anxiously turning page after page, waiting to see how the story will unfold and what is going to happen next.

I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an e-arc, in exchange for an honest review.

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