The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Now THAT is how you do a trilogy. Excellent work, Katherine Arden!
Arden has created a beautiful world, full of magic and men. She's brought historical Russia to life in the minds of readers, and she has given us a strong and amazing protagonist who gets things done, lives life on her own terms, and is chock full of character agency that other authors struggle to give but Arden does with panache.
This trilogy will lead you through the wild darkness of Midnight, the mystical land of the cheyrti, and the pastoral lands of old Rus'. It'll take you through the heights and depths of human experience, and show you the good and bad side of people and spirits.
Honestly, Arden's first trilogy is a masterpiece, and you'd be doing yourself a disservice as a reader to skip it. I had no interest in Russian folklore before reading these, and she's intrigued me with her depth of knowledge on the subject and her ability to incorporate those legends and myths into her stories so seamlessly.
Five stars. Top notch trilogy. Pick them up!!!!
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