On the Horizon – the winter of the witch (Katherine Arden)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this fantasy eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings.  If ye haven’t read the other two books in this trilogy then ye might want to skip this post and read them.  Worth the read.  If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . . . .

the winter of the witch (Katherine Arden)

Title: the winter of the witch

Author: Katherine Arden

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Del Ray

Publication Date: TODAY!!! (hardcover/e-book)

ISBN: 978-1101885994

Source: the publisher – Arrrr!

The first two books of this trilogy tied for the number one spot on me top 5 reads of 2017.  So imagine me delight when I finally got to read this stunning conclusion.  This installment contains another fabulous cover and another beautiful lyrical story that had me besotted.  While book one could be read as a standalone, I am so very glad that I got to experience more of Vasya’s adventures.  This book was worth the wait.

In-spite of the time between books two and three, a couple of sentences in and I was magically transported back into the author’s amazing world.  Vasya continues to struggle to find her proper place in the world.  Christianity and magic continue to clash.  Political upheaval continues to disrupt Russia.  Vasya is in the thick of things and is trying to save those she loves and a disappearing way of life.  She makes mistakes and suffers yet remains overall strong and determined.  Vasya is certainly one of me favourite characters ever.

What truly took center stage in this book was the vivid imagery and lush writing.  I couldn’t put this book down and finished it in one sitting.  Not only was I completely immersed in the story but I was mesmerized by the tale’s twists and turns.  There are surprises and heartbreak.  Assumptions are overturned.  And yet overall the story ended with hope.  I absolutely adored the ending.

I really can’t do this book justice.  If ye haven’t read this series then ye should.  It is a perfect read for winter.  I will be reading whatever this author writes next!

So lastly . . .

Thank you Random House!

Normally I would post a blurb here but not this time due to spoilers!!

To visit the author’s website go to:

Katherine Arden – Author

To buy the novel please visit:

the winter of the witch – Book

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Previous Log Entries for this Author

the bear and the nightingale – book 1 (On the Horizon – Fantasy eArc)

the girl in the tower – book 2 (On the Horizon – Fantasy Arc)

small spaces (Captain’s Log – YA Fantasy)

26 thoughts on “On the Horizon – the winter of the witch (Katherine Arden)

  1. Sigh. I’ve only read the first book, and it was almost over a year ago now! O_o I don’t know if I’ll remember what happened enough to appreciate books two and three. That said, I’m so glad you love this conclusion. It’s so hard to write late series books, but your passion and excitement is so palpable, I am hooked.

    I’m glad this book ends with hope. We definitely need more of this in our lives!

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    1. So are ye gonna start over? I so adored this series and will certainly reread it in several years when all the details have fallen out of me noggin. And aye, I can use lots of hope. Though I do love the gritty sad ones too. Depends on me mood. I be readin’ one about zombies right now and its pretty depressing and good. Thanks for the comment. Arrr!
      x The Captain

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      1. I just wrote ye a comment about series! I think I am going to find a detailed synopsis for the stormlight archives book two because I don’t want to re-read the 1000 page book. For some reason book one is crystal clear and book two is gone. I have a weird noggin’.
        x The Captain

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    1. I absolutely love the handmaid’s tale. I read that book many, many years before I started me blog. It likely deserves a re-read. I read vox which was compared to handmaid’s tale. I thought vox was poorly written and it made me want to visit it again since I haven’t read it in over 6 years. I did also hear that the Netflix series was well done though at this time I don’t plan on watching it. Lovely comment.
      x The Captain


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