I’m excited to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for the incredible The Winter of the Witch, final part in the Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. Thank you to Anne Cater and Ebury Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read and review this satisfying conclusion to what has been a fantastic series.
About the book:
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.
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 crêpes to serving as a personal tour guide. After a year on the island, she moved to Briançon, 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.
I was a little bit late to the party when it came to The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. I’d had the first two books on my TBR pile for ages, but for one reason or another (mostly time constraints) I hadn’t had the chance to read them. So when I saw the third book was about to be released, I knew it was about time I brought them to the top of my pile… and I’m so glad I did. What a fantastic trilogy this has been! And being able to read all three at once has really added to the experience, allowing me to fully immerse myself in this magical world that has been brought so vividly to life by the skilful pen of this wonderful author.
I fell in love with Vasya from the outset, this intriguing and brave young girl blessed with powers she doesn’t completely understand. We’ve seen her grow and change, becoming more aware and powerful as the story progresses, going through untold horror and heartbreak as she tries to navigate this world of magic and sorcery she’s found herself in. In this third and final book of the trilogy, Vasya’s story is brought to a strong and satisfying conclusion.
The Winter of the Witch begins where The Girl in the Tower ended, with Moscow in flames and people searching for answers. All eyes fall on Vasya, who soon finds herself fleeing for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic. The Bear, twin brother of The Winter King, is free again and more powerful than ever, feeding on the fear and dark thoughts of the people of Moscow. The mob falls upon Vasya, accusing her of witchcraft and sentencing her to death by fire. My heart was in my mouth as the flames grew ever closer to our protagonist, the baying mob thirsty for her blood. This scene is brought so vividly to life I almost felt like I was there, Vasya’s fear and horror at what is happening to her is palpable, the intensity of the heat and flames horrifically real.
The story twists and turns in directions you would never expect, with an unforgettable cast of characters, both old and new, taking the tale to dizzying new heights of magic and monsters. I’m in awe of Katherine Arden and her ability to bring this magical world to life. Her world building is off the charts, exquisitely described in glorious technicolour, filled with both beauty and deepest, darkest horror.
What can I say? I adored every word of this incredible trilogy. It’s a thrilling tale that really does have everything: love, heartbreak, magic, family, loyalty, death and destruction. But above all it is a story of hope, with an ending I found immensely satisfying. An incredible conclusion to what has been a fantastic series, I can’t recommend the Winternight Trilogy highly enough. Exceptional!
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden is available to buy now: Amazon UK
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