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Book Thoughts: The Bear and the Nightingale (Katherine Arden)

Arden, Katherine - The Bear and the Nightingale


Title: The Bear and the Nightingale
Author: Katherine Arden
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / Fairytale
First published: 2017
Edition: Hardback, published by Del Rey in 2017

This is a very atmospheric novel that quickly pulled me in. Based on Russian folklore it certainly evokes the feeling of the wild cold winter when mysterious things hunt the night.

I loved the fairy tale aspect of it and I felt completely immersed in Vasya’s cold harsh world. It is a tale so well woven, so full magic and wonder, and yet so full of innocence, that I have fallen in love with it. Arden’s use of words add to the sense of time and place wonderfully and though her writing is simple, it is deceptively lyrical and brings a smile to my face. I found myself rooting for Vasya throughout the book. A wonderfully strong female character.

Maybe the end felt a little rushed, but overall, I really loved this book and I am sure I will be reading it again in the future.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fairy tales or who likes to be whisked away to a different world.

6 out of 7 stars

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