“One girl can make a difference..”
Hello and welcome to the RandomThingsTours Blog Tour for The Winter Of The Witch by Katherine Arden.
About The Book
“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.”
What I Thought
The Winter Of The Witch is the third book in this series but I’ll hold my hands up and say I didn’t read the first two books. I have them here I just didn’t get a chance. I will say though that it didn’t affect my enjoyment of this book and if anything it’s made me want to read the other books sooner.
The story was so easy to fall into and I loved that, I very quickly got into it and immediately fell for the characters. Vasya is so fierce, she would literally walk through fire for her loved ones. I know I’m probably not supposed to like the Bear because he’s essentially the bad guy but as Moriarty once said “Every fairytale needs a good old fashioned villain..” and oh he is wicked!
I like how naturally the story flowed, sometimes if I’m reading a story that has names and places from another country I can find myself tripping over the words but I found it fine and occasionally dipped into the glossary at the back. Because it’s set in Russia the movie Anastasia came to mind, just that whole dark fairytale feel and the Bear really reminded me of Rasputin. I really want to go and take a walk down a road at midnight now and wake up somewhere else..
It’s a world I want to return to because I didn’t want to leave.. a really enjoyable read.
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.
Many thanks to Anne and Ebury Publishing for having me on this tour, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.