This is a book that I have been looking forward to but alas I have been so busy that I have not been able to finish it yet, so here is a review of what I have read so far.
One girl can make a difference…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.
The first thing to mention about The Winter of the Witch is that you might want to brush up on what happened before you delve into this book because it picks up the action from the second book straight away. I also feel like you might need to prepare yourself for a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.
I definitely wasn’t prepared for jumping on the rollercoaster quite as early as I had to, but I love the way this book got so intensely under my skin so quickly. The last book of a series is always a little bittersweet because whilst you are looking forward to it you also don’t want it to end. Even though I haven’t had the chance to finish reading the book I feel totally consumed by the story that I don’t even have time to contemplate the end.
I’m glad that Vasya is just as strong in the face of so much adversity but I also like that she can still be vulnerable at times as well. I feel like the utter contempt that I felt for Konstantin in the previous book has grown a little out of control, in a kind of scary way.
I just can’t wait to see how this all gets resolved, I have vengeance on my mind and I feel like this instalment will deliver. I wish I could pour out more love for this book but it shall have to wait until I’ve made it to the end.
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.
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