The Bear and The Nightingale

Katherine Arden

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Publisher: Random House
Pages: 336


'Frost-demons have no interest in mortal girls wed to mortal men. In the stories, they only come for the wild maiden.' In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church. But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house...

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This book was amazingly atmospheric! I really enjoyed reading it. It combined the feeling of a fairy tale with a dark, Russian inspired cast of spirits. (His made the book a really unique fantasy and made it feel both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. The lyrical writing style made me feel safe and it was reminiscent of fairytales, but the Russain mythology added an element of uniqueness. I was quick to fall in love with the main character and the author's magical writing style. Unfortunately, this book was just lacking That little something to make it truly special, but this is for sure a memorable read and I cannot wait to continue on with this series.

Ann Fernandez

This book is the perfect winter read, especially when it's snowing outside. The writing is absolutely phenomenal and vivid. Katherine Arden was born for fantasy, and it shows. This book, despite being generally a very slow read, had good reason to do so, because it really builds up the background of all the characters and their relationships. It also delves into a lot of talk between new and old traditions, along with the strange transition of following one religion only to be converted to another. A personal favorite of mine, I would definitely recommend.


This book is incredibly atmospheric and cozy and is a great winter read.


Bookaxe Characteristics for The Bear and The Nightingale

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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