Winternight Trilogy by Katherine ArdenI was eighteen when I first stepped out of Sheremetyevo airport and came face to face with Moscow. I did not want to be a writer. I only saw that four more years of education stretched before me, and I rebelled. In my head, I saw snow and samovars, golden domes, hussars, and troikas. I saw a sparkling country, new-made.
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I was actually spurred on a bit by the announcement of the Hugo Award nominees, where I discovered that the author, Katherine Arden, has been nominated for a John W. Campbell Award for the second year running. So I felt now would be a good time to finish my write up. Half fairytale and half historical fiction, The Bear and the Nightingale is set in the s in what is now modern-day Russia. Vasillia Vasya for short is the fifth child of a minor lord, whose mother dies in childbirth. And sure enough, as a young child, Vasya develops a gift for seeing domovoi and other pagan spirits.
Nestled between the northern wilderness and civilization is a village where old and new traditions live side by side. Vasya, the last daughter of Pyotr and Marina, is born on the howling winds of autumn. Different from the others in her village, she is destined to be like her grandmother and is gifted with powers by birthright. As time goes by, Vasya is tested. Caught in the conflict between the old spirits and the new religion, Vasya must do everything in her power to save her family and village. Arden's novel is the rich, mesmerizing fairy tale you've been waiting for! Save Save.