Jun 09, 2021JCLLaurelA rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I'm not sure how to review this book, but I loved it! Strong characters and wonderful world building make a great opening of a trilogy. This story takes place in Old Russia, when the Rusalka, the Domovoi, the Leshy, and others are the…Read moreRead more of this comment
Feb 21, 2021Dreamstime rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
I loved the first 2/3 of the story despite the relentless religious preaching and harassment. I could feel something big was going to happen. Good fairy tales invite the reader to playfully suspend disbelief. But my suspension was…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jan 29, 2021ASlizak rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I’m so glad I stumbled upon this book because I loved it!! I haven’t read a fairy tale in a really long time, and it was such a treat to dive back into that genre with a book so beautifully written. The intertwining of Russian language,…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jan 17, 2021LoganLib_Sheridan rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
I don't know why but I have a weird soft spot for Russian folklore. This one is definitely a feminist take. Despite women having literally two choices in life (the home or the nunnery) this story manages to empower the protagonist and…Read moreRead more of this comment
Nov 27, 2020a2mayer rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
An elegantly woven first instalment of the Winternight Trilogy set in the frigid wilderness of Russian. Follow the strong heroine Vasilisa as her village struggles with continuing to honour the cultural mythology of their past or following…Read moreRead more of this comment
I want to review the whole series here because I stayed up way too late last night finishing it. This is mytho-historical fiction set in late 1300's Russia.
In a land of opposite extremes, Vasilisa Petrovna is always on the wrong side. …Read moreRead more of this comment
Oct 07, 2020LCPL_Krystyna rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
A beautifully written fantasy set in medieval Russia, based on Russian folklore. It’s told in a whimsical, fairy-tale-like tone, with a very rich atmosphere. A great beginning to an amazing series. Recommended for fans of lyrical prose,…Read moreRead more of this comment
Vasilisa lives on the edge of a Russian forest in a place where mythic folk thrive until her father brings home a new wife, one who doesn’t believe in the fairy creatures. Vasilisa lives in a time of change, loves someone who shouldn’t…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jul 14, 2020fionajay rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly wonderful! I was dubious at another fairytale setting but... the characters are strong and endearing, their plight moved me to tears, the adventure is exciting, the culture of Rus' takes me back to my earliest days of reading…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jun 08, 2020Samu7895 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Absolutely amazing book and trilogy! I did have some trouble reading it because of the different name variations in Russian culture but I found listening to the audiobooks helped.
After listening to this series I actually bought the books…Read moreRead more of this comment
Mar 31, 2020spiritedaway rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This book flows really well even with all the different point of views and it just keeps you reading until you look up and realize that the sun has come back up and that the book is, unfortunately, finished. The Bear and the Nightingale…Read moreRead more of this comment
Mar 20, 2020littlebadbooks rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
PLOT: It is medieval Russia and a mother dies shortly after childbirth- finally getting the daughter she wanted- one that she knew would have the same magical gifts as her own mother once had. Gifts that were rumored to have been used to…Read moreRead more of this comment
Feb 24, 2020EljayJohnson rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Between my childhood and early 20s, I read a decent amount of fantasy. Certainly the biggies - LOTR/The Hobbit, Earthsea, Narnia, Shannara, plus other less popular titles. But I got away from fantasy for the bulk of my adulthood, with…Read moreRead more of this comment
Jan 06, 2020Alianka rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Though I really do not like Russian folklore ( I am Russian and read a lot of fairytales in my childhood), surprisingly, I greatly enjoyed all three books of the trilogy. The whole atmosphere felt very true and magic! I just believed it…Read moreRead more of this comment
Oct 18, 2019DazzlingMoonlight rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
A beautifully imagined combination of Russian folklore and historical fiction. This is the first book in an amazing trilogy that gets better with each novel; The Girl in the Tower followed by the heroic conclusion in The Winter of the…Read moreRead more of this comment
Sep 18, 2019JCLSamS rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
There are so many things I enjoyed about this novel: the setting of a remote medieval Russian village, the emphasis on Russian folklore and the creatures that appear in those tales, the main character Vasya, who is fierce and wild, and the…Read moreRead more of this comment
Aug 12, 2019lorraineacasas rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This was such a great read!!! I HIGHLY recommend it!! Arden’s writing was luring, fantastical! The title of the novel is perfect and its chapter headings are appropriate. I also loved all the characters (and their names) - but most…Read moreRead more of this comment
What a wonderful book!! Using literary tools from Russian fairy tales, the author creates a great book for modern readers. The main character is both a mystery and entertaining forcing you to seek out the other books in the trilogy!
Most of the books I’ve read recently have been just okay, but nothing that truly gripped my attention and only let go long after the book was finished. Some were definitely page-turners, but the characters were lackluster, the writing…Read moreRead more of this comment
May 26, 2019misterwisp rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
I felt like a kid again with this book (In a good way). Initially it truly feels like a fairy tale and creates that sense of wonder.
The writing is beautiful and among other things does a great job evoking harsh Russian winters, the…Read moreRead more of this comment
May 25, 2019JanetPDX rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I just picked up The Girl in the Tower. Can't wait to know what happens next.
"Now hear me. Before the end, you will pluck snowdrops at midwinter, die by your own choosing, and weep for a nightingale."