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Katherine Arden

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A note to everyone who trips and falls upon my Goodreads page. First, welcome. Let us read and discuss all the books together. Second, Goodreads is wondrous, but contacting me through my Goodreads DMs is a good way to ensure a long wait for a reply. Your best bet is Twitter or Instagram (arden_katherine) on both.

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Born in Texas, Katherine studied French and Russian at Middlebury College. She has lived abroad in France and in Moscow, among other places. She has also lived in Hawaii, where she wrote much of The Bear and the Nightingale. She currently lives in Vermont.

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Katherine Arden As of January 2017--Book 3 of the Bear and the Nightingale books. Book 2 is in copyedits and book 3 is a lot of scribbles in a notebook!
Katherine Arden Book 2 is called The Girl in the Tower. It continues Vasya's adventures, but is set largely in medieval Moscow, rather than in the countryside.…moreBook 2 is called The Girl in the Tower. It continues Vasya's adventures, but is set largely in medieval Moscow, rather than in the countryside. Hopefully it will be out to you early January of next year! Thanks for the congratulations. So glad you enjoyed BEAR.(less)
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So....I want to tell you about a book. Not a Winternight book. The third book in the Winternight Trilogy, The Winter of the Witch comes out in January, and I'm sure I'll be talking you guys' ears off about that before long.

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Writing it was a delightful accident. See, I was on a Megabus to Boston, and I'd shelled out $5 extra for a seat right up fro... Read more of this blog post »
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“All my life,” she said, “I have been told ‘go’ and ‘come.’ I am told how I will live, and I am told how I must die. I must be a man’s servant and a mare for his pleasure, or I must hide myself behind walls and surrender my flesh to a cold, silent god. I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing. I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me.”
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“Every time you take one path, you must live with the memory of the other: of a life left unchosen. Decide as seems best, one course or the other; each way will have its bitter with its sweet.”
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“Nothing changes, Vasya. Things are, or they are not. Magic is forgetting that something ever was other than as you willed it.”
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