Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Winter of The Witch, the last and final book in The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. I can scarcely wait to share my review of this stunning conclusion to one of my favourite series of all time! Please make sure you read until the end to also find out how you can win this beautiful hardback which is out on 10th January!
One girl can make a difference…
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.
My Review: All the Brilliant Stars in this Whole Wide World!
Before I start my review, I first want to congratulate the author Katherine Arden for writing yet another unforgettable tale in this folkloric trilogy; this stunning conclusion marks the completion of this extraordinary journey which I am sure will stay with all the readers for years and years to come; secondly I also want to say that no words are quite adequate enough to express how much I love this book and this trilogy as a whole; but I will try my best to convey them through this review.
Just as The Girl in The Tower, The Winter of The Witch picked up straight after what happened at the end of book 2. The events and plot twists escalated so quickly, so unexpectedly and so heart-wrenchingly that I found myself holding my breath and gripping my book the whole way through. You wonder sometimes whether it is possible to love a book from page 1? Yes, I can confidently tell you that I fell in love with this story from page 1 and all the way until the end! Every single word, paragraph and chapter is unique and builds a path to the grand finale, which it’s so epic I can scarcely breathe!
Katherine Arden’s writing in this book is just as phenomenal as the other two and more! It is so descriptive, so vivid, so alive, so believable, I cannot get enough of it. You can feel the heat from the fire, you can sense the snowstorm approaching, you can smell the sweat, you can see the never ending white landscape of a deep winter and you can also fear the darkness from the blackest midnight. The writing in The Winter of The Witch is so mature I am in awe. The amount of research put in the book is astonishing and inspiring. A great story telling which will sure become a classic one day!
If you have followed my blog or my social media for a while, you would know that it’s no secret how much I love this trilogy. Book 1 The Bear and The Nightingale introduced us to the legends of Russian folklore and our heroine Vasilisa Petrovna; book 2 The Girl in The Tower enabled us to finally understand Vasya, our girl-child, was destined for bigger things and for saving the mortal and immortal once and for all; in book 3 The Winter of The Witch, we witnessed Vasya becoming one of the strongest female leads that she will for sure be remembered as one of a kind in years to come.
To me, The Winter of The Witch is literary perfection. This is why I love reading. It is masterfully written and perfectly plotted and thought-out. Katherine Arden was able to seemingly combine the real Russian history with vividly imaginary tales. It is so atmospheric, original, epic and dramatic; it is magical, whimsical, but dark and dangerous at the same time; it is feminist, it is charismatic, entertaining to say the least; it is magnificent and glorious. A stunning conclusion to a phenomenal trilogy.
I shed a tear or two at the end of The Winter of The Witch, for that ending and for the fact that this trilogy has come to an end. But just as Vasya said in the book “I will ride the world, in between times, through the farthest countries of dark and day. It is enough for one life“, her adventure will continue, and we will see her riding that beautiful bay stallion with a single star on his face chasing the wind to the edge of the world.
Thank you so much for Tess in Ebury Publishing for sending me this stunning advanced copy. Ebury Publishing has also kindly sent me a finished hardback for The Winter of The Witch to giveaway to one of my readers. For how to enter please check out my IG and twitter post today! Good luck and I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do!
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 Nightingaleand The Girl in the Tower. These novels make up the first two parts of The Winternight Trilogy.
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