Thorndike Press

The Bear and the Nightingale

  • Katherine Arden
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1410496171
  • ISBN-13: 9781410496171
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.45 lbs ( .66 kgs)
  • 520 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released January 2017
  • Simultaneous Publications

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Winternight Triology (Book 1)

Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.

But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed — to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

Reviews

Customer Reviews

Arden’s debut is an earthy, beautifully written love letter to Russian folklore . . . a fully immersive, unusual, and exciting fairy tale that will enchant readers from the first page.

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Arden’s supple, sumptuous first novel transports the reader to a version of medieval Russia where history and myth coexist.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Radiant . . . a darkly magical fairy tale for adults, [but] not just for those who love magic.”

— Library Journal