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Book Thoughts: The Winter of the Witch (Katherine Arden)

Arden, Katherine - Winternight Trilogy 3 The Winter of the Witch

★★★★★★☆

Title: The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3)
Author: Katherine Arden
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy Pages: 354
First published: 2019
Edition: Hardback, published in 2019 by Del Rey

With an uncertain destiny ahead of her, Vasya learns surprising truths of her past as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all..

What a delight this series has been and this third and final book did it justice.

In the course of the three books Katherine Arden’s story telling has been stellar and very consistent, but I feel the writing in this final book was the best. I loved the direction in which she took this story. It was dark in places and there were deaths that broke my heart, but there was enought light to not be too heavy.

The atmosphere throughout this book was incredible, even if maybe I wished Midnight had been described a little more.

All I can say is that I love this world that Arden has created. The characters were wonderfully human and we are made to see that good and evil are not always black and white. I loved Vasya’s story, her struggles and her dilemmas. Her choices were not always the right ones, but they were understandable. Her strength of character make her a wonderful heroine.

I really enjoyed the ending of this book, but also that not everything was resolved. It did not need to be.

This is definitely a trilogy I will read again in the future.

6 out of 7 stars

 

 

Books · Sunday Summary

Sunday Summary: 13 January 2019

ahdieh, renee - the wrath and the dawnbaker, jo - longbournI have had a pretty stellar reading week. I finished two novels: Longbourn (Jo Baker) and The Wrath and the Dawn (Renée Ahdieh), but I also finished an anthology, Winter, and a poetry collection, Wild Flowers (Michelle S Smith).

 

That is pretty good going for me.

smith, michelle s - wild flowersReading Wild Flowers did make me want to read more poetry, because when I do I actually really enjoy the experience. Last year I hardly read any poetry and I really need to change that!

Arden, Katherine - Winternight Trilogy 3 The Winter of the WitchI read the first chapter of the concluding book of the Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden yesterday, as my eyes were drooping, wanting to go to sleep. I really hope The Winter of the Witch will be all I want it to be to complete a series I have loved the first two books of in style. I have only heard good things, but that does not always mean much.

ivey, eowyn - the snow childIn the week ahead I hope to read The Winter of the Witch and The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey).

sue, eugene - the godolphin arabianI might read something else inbetween, so they don’t blur into one. I have a little book called The Godolphin Arabian, which is based on the story of one of the founding sires of the modern thoroughbred racehorse. It has been asking for me to read it and it’s only small. It was written in 1846 by Eugene Sue (in French), but this is a recent translation. It is only short and should be a quick fun read.

I hope to read at least 100 pages of The Winter of the Witch today, but I am not pushing myself today – I read plenty this week!

Happy Sunday!