The Bear and the Nightingale

Currently Listening to: Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell

Author: Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale is another new book out this year. To be honest, I chose this book for three reasons:

  1. Looks to read books published in 2017
  2. The cover is gorgeous
  3. Barnes and Noble/Goodreads says if you enjoyed the Night Circus then you will enjoy this book

Really, that’s all I needed. My friend actually asked me about this book when I first bought it and I said “I honestly don’t know what it’s about but I liked the Night Circus so why not?” As book readers I’m sure you all understand where I’m coming from.

SynopThe Bear and the Nightingalesis: A story that takes place in Medieval Russia. A young girl named Vasya lives in her home with her father, brothers and sisters and stepmother. Vasya believes in the fairy tales that her mother and nurse would tell the children when they were younger. When Vasya’s step mother and a priest comes to live in the little town, strange things start to occur, animals die, crops don’t grow, winter lasts longer than usual. Even as Vasya grows, she believes that everything happening is part of the fairy tales she’s been told. The village finds this odd, and some call her witch because of how she acts. Vasya has to choose, a life chosen for her or one that will bring her everything she has ever wanted. 


In one word, this book was Brilliant. This is my favorite book published in 2017 so far (I’ve read 3). The book is as gorgeous and magical as the cover, there were fairy tales, love, loss, betrayal, beliefs and fear all wrapped into a perfectly written story. The characters were all so different and intriguing. The story line really did feel like a fable, the animals and creatures were lovable and interesting. Vasya was a character that had some faults but she knew them. She was confident and brave but she was never too much. I found her character perfect.

Honestly, how do people come up with something like this? I will be recommending this one to everyone. While it’s second in the series comes out in January of next year, I see this story as its own. It could be a standalone novel, it provided me with a satisfying ending.

Anyone else read this yet? If so– thoughts?



As always, you can click on the picture to bring you Barnes&Noble and all reviews are my opinion only. 

10 thoughts on “The Bear and the Nightingale

  1. delphinethebabbler says:

    I absolutely LOVED The Bear and the Nightingale. Vasya is my absolute hero – she’s so brave and what happens to her father absolutely broke my heart at the end. I look forward to the second one! šŸ™‚

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