What could possibly be better on these cold winter days, than curling up with a nice book to read? Today, I’ll be recommending a book that is perfect to read in the winter months!
The Bear and the Nightingale is the first book in a trilogy written by Katherine Arden. It is set in the snowy wilderness of Russia and focuses on Vasya, a young girl who has a magical connection with the forest close to her village. When her father remarries, the safety of the villagers is endangered as the villagers’ traditions and the protection said traditions provide are placed in jeopardy.
The books reads almost like a classic fairy tail but given more detail and complexity. It explores superstition and the danger of blind devoutness, all set in a cold and sometimes unforgiving landscape. Katherine Arden has does a fantastic job of giving this book a credible, magical atmosphere, which will let you, the reader, believe in house spirits and frost kings. The characters are well written and even the more antagonist human characters can still evoke some sympathy from you. I have to say that the spirits are my favourite characters but then again, I love fairy tales and the fantastical creatures in them,so no surprises there.
If you are looking for a well written fantasy novel, that takes inspiration from Russian folklore and is set in a wintery, magical world; then I highly recommend you read The Bear and the Nightingale this winter.