By: Katherine Arden
Location: FIC ARD
Genre: Historic Fantasy
Atmospheric and enchanting, with an engrossing adventure at its core, The Bear and the Nightingale is perfect for readers of Naomi Novik's Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman.
A beautiful, pastoral fairy tale set in a fantasy version of medieval Russia.
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.
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...
“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.”