Monday, July 3, 2017

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel by Katherine Arden --- 322 pages with Author's Note, Glossary and Acknowledgements

My favorite books often combine history, folklore and fantasy; Katherine Arden's first novel (part of a projected series) has all these elements and is off to an utterly beguiling start.

Very few authors who write in English are tackling the world of 14th century Rus' where the Grand Princes in their wooden towns paid tribute to the Mongol Khans to buy an uneasy peace. Here the medieval age lingered, and the ancient lore of the Winter King and the Bear lurked beneath the canopy of the endless Forest and competed with the Orthodox Church for the allegiance of peasants and boyars alike.

In Vasilisa we have a true daughter of the old ways, loving and valiant in defense of her people and her land; willing to accept whatever challenges Fate has in store so long as it is by her own choosing.

The second book in the series, The Girl in the Tower, is scheduled for release in January 2018.

Click HERE to read the review from the Christian Science Monitor.

Click HERE to read the review from NPR.

Click HERE to read the review from Kirkus Reviews.

Click HERE to read the review from tor.com.

Click HERE to watch the trailer on Youtube. 


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