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DOC ☆ The Bear and the Nightingale ✓ Katherine Arden

At the edge of and the MOBI #245 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 The Bear Epubto 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 n There’s a weirdly intense spot in my heart occupied by so much love and appreciation for lushly written magical tales imbued with the feel of centuries old fairy tales There’s just something extremely entrancing about this breed of fantasy that delves deep into the origins of storytelling and employs the stone foundation of fairytales to tell a story that is at once comforting and familiar as well as subversive vibrant and newThis book shares the same DNA as Naomi Novik’s marvelously brilliant Uprooted and Spinning Silver the three tales all center on young women who are stronger than they know and their monster later turned ally who aren’t as monstrous as everyone think they are It’s a premise that appeals to me so much which is why this book worked so well for me So what's this book about The people of a village in northern Russia have lived with the certainty that demons move through their world like they move through their words disasters beyond its boundaries and Vasilisa Petrovna—youngest child of a wealthy boyar and heir to ancient magic—has lived with the burden of it Vasilisa can see spirits the creatures of hearth lake stable and woods who protect her town and its people and she kept this truth like a bird that she was worried of frightening away—until her father brings home a new bride who fears the wood spirits she can also see and forbids Vasya any communion with themNot long after a young arrogant priest is sent to her village ready to prod and stoke the rumors about demons using it as his most powerful weapon because it is the villagers’ most potent fear until they turn away from their old ways When the people fail to pay the tithe that kept the spirits from fading the crops wither away and the wolves creep close to the village and when Vasya’s many attempts to keep the old magical protections in place fall through the townspeople all sought to repair the fault in the world by demanding to put her out of itBut the worst nightmare they could hope to conjure for Vasya would pale beside the one that already lived in the woods—blasted hungry and terrible than the Winter King himself—and that wanted Vasya and all she holds dearThe Bear and the Nightingale is a very atmospheric sprawling yet so deftly crafted fairy tale that ticks all my reading boxes witchcraft magic and history It’s a gorgeous novel grounded in Russian folklore but richly overlaid with an immersive creative story of its own and rendered in languorous and sensuous prose The characters are ice and fire; they bite and fight and delight all at once The plot moves with a slow grace gradually building a world encroached by darkness and creeping inch by dreadful inch towards a freshly hideous future—unless the stalwart heroine whose fate seems sealed to a provincial life but is suddenly uprooted saves itThe author pours just enough nuance into each character to make them feel real in the moment breaking them out of the trope mold and shaping them into something entirely uniue And it’s that delicate touch that keeps the novel from becoming relentlessly bleak Vasya holds the spirit of a girl backed up to the world’s edge ready to spread her arms like wings and fly or fall She’s always refused to go along to make herself small enough to slip past a looming danger to stay uiet and unobtrusive; she no sooner thought a thing than said it or wanted a thing than she tried to get it Her fierce determination kindles It’s always there always smoldering and it doesn’t take much to set it alight I love how insatiable she was in her thirst for the extraordinary how she didn’t settle for the mediocre and how her journey was about growing and becoming a magnified specific version of herself The Winter King was an interesting character as well—he and Vasya are so tangled in my mind all blood and vengeance and strife and I rooted for them “All my life” she said “I have been told ‘go’ and ‘come’ I am told how I will live and I am told how I must die I must be a man’s servant and a mare for his pleasure or I must hide myself behind walls and surrender my flesh to a cold silent god I would walk into the jaws of hell itself if it were a path of my own choosing I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me” Moreover I liked how this book captures the richness of relationships among family and friends explores human and alien social structures fathers and daughters damaged relationships and hidden agendas and wrings out many lessons from unexpected conseuences It’s also refreshing to find a book where characters don’t fall in immediate all consuming passionately forbidden love; each character by itself was a brittle sharp edged fragment and they didn’t seek to palliate or soften their jagged edges to make a whole—and I like it that wayOverall The Bear and The Nightingale is a gorgeous medieval fable that blossoms into a thoughtful emotionally complex tale Every night I told myself I would just read a few pages and every night I would blow right past that because I simply couldn’t put it down Highly recommended

DOC The Bear and the Nightingale

The Bear and the NightingaleRes 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 conventAs 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 tal enchanting is really the only way to describe this book this was the type of story that makes you want to go back to being a child who unconditionally believed in magic and wishes and the possibility of all things some might say this story was too slow but i prefer to think of it as being patient others might complain that there was no plot but i saw it as being humble and some could claim the writing was stiff but i felt the language embodied the frigidity of long russian winters everything about this felt true to the characterisation of the type of folklore story that this wasi will definitely be picking this up again come wintertime cosily bundled up near a fire with a cup of hot chocolate because this book is the sort of magical warmth and comfort that everyone deserves during the coldest of times ↠ 45 stars

Katherine Arden ✓ The Bear and the Nightingale EPUB

PDF À BOOK The Bear and the Nightingale ´ KATHERINE ARDEN ´ [Reading] ➿ The Bear and the Nightingale Author Katherine Arden – Eyltransferservices.co.uk 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 Urse says and honor the spirits of Bear and the Epub #181 house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evilAfter 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 acuiesces but Vasilisa is frightened sensing that hinges upon their rituals than anyone knowsAnd indeed crops begin to fail evil creatu Haunting Riveting EntrancingThis is the sort of book that sweeps you on a journey I want to save you Vasilisa Petrovna he said I will save you all There are dark forces that you do not understand To his surprise and perhaps to her she laughed Vasilisa Vasya Petrovna lives during the old Russia back when fairy and folk tales were not legends Vasya always possessed the second sight which made for some interesting conversations with the various creatures living in and around her home All the spirits that live in and around her house were uite peculiarsuch as the origins of the domovoi I am here because the house is here If the house weren't here I wouldn't be either Soon Vasya's gentle childhood spent conversing with the domovoi and the vazila who guards the stables is put to an abrupt end Her father remarries and while the new woman has the second sight she interprets the gentle protective spirits as demons In an effort to protect the now teenage Vasya her father egged on and persuaded by her step mother is trying to marry her off And to top it all a priest moves into their house and is hell bent ha on saving Vasya's soul but all he succeeds in doing is a lot of fear mongering and weakening of the protective spirits He uickly becomes obsessed with Vasya and her impertinence Without the spirits to protect them Vasya must face the ever increasing danger of the old gods alone and armed with nothing by her sheer force of willI really enjoyed this one there's just something so magical about having this novel set in the dead of winter with the old gods circling the dimly lit sleepy cottage Vasya lives in a world where being a happy homemaker is the highest achievement of any girl I appreciated how the author showed Vasya's defiance in small ways yet ultimately significant ways not every girl in YA fiction needs to start an uprising A soft voice and a bent head were fitting when a woman addressed a priest This girl stared at him brazenly in the face with fey green eyes Overall I really enjoyed this one and have already checked out the seuel I'm so so curious to see what happens nextPs There is a glossery located in the last few pages hallelujah The author used a few common Russian words and a few loose translations ie the spelling of domovoi was intended to make it easier for English readers to read I did struggle a bit to hold all the words in my headonly to discover the glossary at the end Typical The 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge A book recommended by a book blogger KateYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading