Book Of The Week
It’s only the second week into me doing a Book Of The Week and I’m already modifying it to Series Of The Week… I guess the plus side to running my own website is I can do whatever I want…?
The Bear and the Nightingale was the first ARC I ever picked up when I started working at Anderson's. The book and then the series and then her other series has and will always be special to me. ‘Special’ in that it represents all the amazing friends (both co-workers and customers) I've made while working at the bookstore and how much fun I've had!!!
It doesn't hurt that the first ARC I picked was a fantastic read either.... this series has such amazing imagery and imagination. Me and my obsession with myths and legends, of course love it! The third book in this Trilogy, Winter Witch, just came out last week so if you are looking for a magical series to delve into I highly suggest this one! These books are what reading is all about.
Last week I got the chance to meet Katherine Arden and it was a dream come true! I've done a ton of events but this one was probably my favorite. Arden is such a funny and spectacular woman. She had the entire audience laughing constantly!
Plus, look at that amazing poster! It's so beautiful. The covers of this series are some of my favorite book covers ever! This poster will definitely have a special spot in my library!
So, to sum up this post: Arden is the coolest human ever, her writing is phenomenal, and you should read her books.
Title: Winternight Trilogy
Author: Katherine Arden
Publisher: Del Rey
Blurb for The Bear and the Nightingale:
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa's mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa's new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa's stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse's most frightening tales.
Head on over to your local indie bookstore and snag a copy today!
You can see my review for The Bear and the Nightingale here.