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