Book Review: The Winter of The Witch

Author: Katherine Arden

Winternight Trilogy #1

Goodreads Synopsis: Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all. “

“I have plucked snowdrops at Midwinter, died at my own choosing, and wept for a nightingale. Now I am beyond prophecy.”
― Katherine Arden,
The Winter of the Witch


What an ending to a trilogy that opened an entire new world to me. I loved every page of this series from start to finish. Vasya is without a doubt the female I want to be in my life. Morozoko — I mean COME ON, every time I see the snow falling I think of the Winter King now and I’m just so thankful to Katherine Arden for writing this retelling of a Russian fairy tale and for opening a world to me that I didn’t even know I was missing. Vasya wants an adventure and she won’t let anyone define what that adventure will be for her, I will always remember her for that strength.

But it’s not even the magic of the story or the strong characters that Katherine Arden wrote but it’s everything, especially the way that the story shows you can believe in two beliefs and two faiths and still the world will keep turning and to coming together as one and understanding each other is an important underlining theme to this story.

I will miss her and Morozko more than one might imagine. While I am so happy with this trilogy, I’m also so sad it’s the end. I’ve actually been in a book hangover ever since.

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

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