Sunday, 12 March 2017

Review - The Bear and the Nightingale (The Bear and the Nightingale, #1) by Katherine Arden

Title: The Bear and the Nightingale (The Bear and the Nightingale, #1)
Author: Katherine Arden
Pages: 336
Publisher: Ebury Digital
Release date: 12th January 2017

Blurb from Goodreads: 

'Frost-demons have no interest in mortal girls wed to mortal men. In the stories, they only come for the wild maiden.'

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, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church.

But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods...


My Review:

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Random House UK, Ebury Publishing and NetGalley*

Vasya is a wild, young girl who lives in a village in the Russian wilderness. Her nurse tells stories of magical creatures that only Vasya seems to see.
The future of the village is threatened when a holy man arrives and dark magical forces stir.
Can Vasya save her family and the villagers?

The Bear and the Nightingale is definitely a heartfelt and unique read.
Not knowing any Russian fairy tales, I found the creatures and stories intriguing.
I really liked wild Vasya and enjoyed reading about her relationships with her family members.
The plot was interesting and held my attention, but I wasn't gripped.
The writing style was easy to follow and I'm definitely intrigued as to what the next book will be about.

Overall this was an interesting, unique read.