OH FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE THESE STUNNING NOVELS BY KATHERINE ARDEN. They make me both want to genuflect at her feet and curse her at the same time. (Every writer knows this feeling.) It’s been a very long time since I’ve read a book I wished I’d written.
Reader, I’m still bewitched by this story, stumbling through a snow-filled, piney clearing while a bonfire cracks nearby in the dark. I don’t feel any review could do The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower, and The Winter of the Witch any sort of justice. Get thyself to dark, snowy, magical medieval Russia forthwith. Steel yourself for a hero named Vasya.
Book recommendations by friends are the best. I’m ridiculously thankful for one of mine, who delivered this world to my door just when I needed it most.