April 22, 2019 by TinyNavajo
The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy #3) by Katherin Arden
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*Published January 18, 2019*
It’s thanks to my friend, Megan, who also recommended The Book of M to me, knew I was looking forward to this final book and let she let me know when we got a copy in so I could read it! Thank you Megan!!
Reviewers called Katherine Arden’s novels The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower “lyrical,” “emotionally stirring,” and “utterly bewitching.” The Winternight Trilogy introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse.
Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.
In this final book of the Winternight Trilogy, we see what happens when the two worlds of Russia, the magic and the Christianity, the seen and unseen, good vs. evil in all its shades of grey, try to come together to not only survive but to live as well.
After the burning of Moscow, Vasya is blamed and set to burn at the stake as a witch thanks to the Konstantin, the priest who listened to the Bear in the first book, Vasya is rescued and sent to a place where she could recover and still be able to come back to eventually save Russia, both sides of Russia, from fading from view. As we go throughout this final book, we see all that Vasya has been accused of from consorting with demons and devils to being a witch, become true. And Vasya OWNS it! She takes all that she is accused of and not only takes it from those who calls her these things, and makes it her own. I love this!
Vasy has become one of my favorite characters throughout this series, especially as she seems to be the epitome of what it means to be a female in a male-driven society, but she is able to take what a male-driven society tells her she must be and says “NO!” and does what she wants. It’s magnificently beautiful! GAH! I love her! I also love what Katherine Arden has done to show that two very different viewpoints of the world can still coexist with each other without infringing too much on each other. This is how our world should work, and it gives hope that someday our world can. Maybe.
I also love to see that Vasya’s abilities has been accepted not only by her monk brother, but by her cousin the Grand Prince, as the only way to save Russia as they know it. They don’t want to accept this strange child that they either grew up with, or thought was a boy cousin at first, but once they do Russia is saved; at least, the Russia they want and remember is saved.
What do you think about this series? Is it one that you would recommend? Comment below and let me know!