The Bear and the Nightingale: A Novel
Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims... show more
Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.
Then Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.
But Vasya’s stepmother only grows harsher, determined to remake the village to her liking and to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for marriage or a convent. As the village’s defenses weaken and evil from the forest creeps nearer, Vasilisa must call upon dangerous gifts she has long concealed—to protect her family from a threat sprung to life from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
Publish date: 2017-01-17
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
Series: The Winternight Trilogy (#1)
I get the feeling that The Bear and the Nightingale is one of those books which will either really work for you as a story or it will be just okay, depending on how familiar you are with Russian folklore and/or history. In classic fairytale style, the story starts with a small girl and her new st...
Sorry for the short review. I finished this the other day. I found it to be a good story. I do have to say though that I don't see me reading the next book in this series. I thought the book had a lot of flow issues throughout. And I still don't get the big deal with the "Bear" in this story since h...
A grand fantasy in a historic setting, The Bear and the Nightingale deserves every ounce of attention its received. Vasilisa, known as Vasya, is the youngest child of a lord deep in the wilderness of medieval Rus. Her mother died giving birth to her so she has been mostly left to grow up roaming the...
I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I LOVE Russian fairy tales. Absolutely adore them. I have a picture book of the story of Vasilisa the Brave and it's one of my favorites. So when I first saw this book discussed on here, I knew I had to read it. The Bear and the Nightingale is a fairy ...
Thanks to NetGalley and to Random House UK/Ebury Publishing for providing me with an ARC copy of this book that I voluntarily choose to review. I’m a big fan of fairy tales and I’m always happy to discover new tales and stories that fit in that category, or that retell some old classics. And I love ...