The Winter of the Witch

The Winter of the Witch

In the stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, following The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya returns to save Russia and the spirit realm, battling enemies both mortal and magic....

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Title:The Winter of the Witch
Author:Katherine Arden
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Edition Language:English

The Winter of the Witch Reviews

  • kath | novelandfolk

    You know that feeling when you find a book that speaks to some deep part of your soul and you just want to shout:

    This folkloric trilogy has become that for me, reminding me of all the reasons why I love literature.

    It’s no secret that I loved the first two books in this deep-winter tale with

    . So you can imagine how much I needed this book in my hands, and also how stressful a thing it is to embark into the last instalment of a beloved se

    You know that feeling when you find a book that speaks to some deep part of your soul and you just want to shout:

    This folkloric trilogy has become that for me, reminding me of all the reasons why I love literature.

    It’s no secret that I loved the first two books in this deep-winter tale with

    . So you can imagine how much I needed this book in my hands, and also how stressful a thing it is to embark into the last instalment of a beloved series. The final book can make or break your opinion of the story as a whole. I don’t mean to sound jaded but I’ve been let down by too many last books.

    But I am thrilled to say that not only was it a most satisfying conclusion, but it exceeded all of my hopes. It was utter perfection from the first page until the last and I may go so far as to say it could be the strongest book of the three.

    Just as with

    , we pick up where the previous story ended and right out of the gate we are put through some very harrowing scenes. Goodness, they put me through a lot of anxiety. The stakes are so much higher this time around and from those first moments onward I could not look away - the story barrels onward at a relentless pace. And now we finally see the full scope that Arden intended. The culmination of everything she was building towards in the perfectly paced slow burn of The Bear and the Nightingale, and the riotous action of The Girl in the Tower. It feels seamless how it has all come together and I’m just so giddy with delight.

    Our girl, Vasya, is no longer a just a plucky, naive child. From the ashes of the Moscow fire she has risen into a woman with incredible new strength in more ways than one. But of course she remains wonderfully flawed - her character has even more dimension than ever. Arden has shown how much she really knows her characters because they have truly carried this story and made it heart-wrenching in all the best ways. She can make you feel for even the most minor supporting characters with just a few lines.

    I think Studio Ghibli fans will appreciate the whimsical details in this one. Think magical midnight roads, loveable forest spirits (hello new favourite sidekick character), man-beasts, but written for grownups. And yet this tale will bring out the childlike wonder in even the most grown up of grownups. It’s delightfully subversive too- it upends the age old tropes of princes winning maidens, of monsters being slain. So many mischievous plot twists I did NOT expect.

    I was also not prepared at all for the range of emotions Arden would put me through. I am still filled to the brim with them. Good lord, this book broke me, then slowly pieced me back together until I whooped with triumphant glee at the very end. And there is a certain PART that made me all asdkjfkslsjfks. You’ll know it when you get there. Just you wait.

    As much as I’m dying to discuss the finer details, I really can’t spoil the fun. I know - I KNOW - we’re all waiting to hear if a certain Winter King makes his appearance. All I can say is the scent of cold water and pine will forever make me swoon.

    I gave this book a big, loving, emotionally exhausted hug when it was over. The ending was perfect and that is a rare thing so it probably shouldn’t be tampered with. BUT. I love these characters so damn much, my heart is crying for more more

    of their adventures.

    And that’s it. I can now wholeheartedly say: this,

    is my favourite series of all time. If I could persuade you to read one thing, let this be it. You may just love it as much as I do.

    This review was originally posted at

    and is copywritten.

  • Candace Robinson

    The cover is glorious in all its perfection!

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    Ah yes, I need more of my Frost Demon!!!!

  • Melanie

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    ★★★★★

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    ★★★★★

    ❄🔥 Preorder your copy of

    and submit your proof of purchase by January 7th to receive a signed bookplate from Katherine Arden

    (US only, I'm sorry)

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  • Leah

    5-19-18: The publisher pushed the release date back to 2019... my...precious! :(

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    I want this book like Gollum wants the One Ring.

  • Miranda Reads

    Seriously, why isn't this book out??? I don't think I can wait much longer.

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