by Katherine Arden
Version: Kindle Edition, 480 pages
Expected publication: January 26th 2017 by Ebury Digital
*ARC received from Netgalley/Ebury Digital in return for an honest review*
A young woman’s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales.
In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain,intended for his young daughter.
Uncertain of its meaning, the father hides the gift away and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, willfull girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.
Atmospheric and enchanting, with an engrossing adventure at its core, The Bear and the Nightingale is perfect for readers of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman.
The Bear and the Nightingale is inspired by Russian Fairy Tales and surrounds the tale of Morozko [Jack Frost], a winter demon who is sometimes benevolent and sometimes cruel.
Katherine Arden has a delightful way of storytelling, the story just jumps off the page. A small niggle [for me any way] is that the story wasn’t as fast pacing as I would have like it to be. The portrayal of the characters was beautifully crafted by Katherine Arden and they come to life at every turn of a page.
It would seem that this is a common concept at the moment, the remaking of classic tales of years gone by. Where others have not succeeded Katherine Arden has excelled.
I’m NOT a convert though. This book hasn’t made me crave to read more of the same genre. It WAS a delightful read that I had the opportunity to read thanks to a free ARC from Netgalley.