The Bear and the Nightingale
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In northern Rus’ the family of Pyotr Vladimirovich are waiting out the last days and nights of winter, with rapidly dwindling food supplies gathered before the winter snows began. Marina, his wife, tells him that she is with child.
Pyotr is not happy, fearful for her life. She is already physically weak. Marina had wanted another daughter, although they’d already have three sons and a daughter. She’s determined to carry this child to term, sure that this girl child will carry ...more
In the northern lands of medieval Rus’, a daughter is born to Pyotr Vladimirovich, a boyar, lord over many lands, and his wife Marina, who dies in childbirth. But Marina, daughter of the Grand Prince of Moscow and a mysterious, swan-like beggar girl, has bequeathed her daughter Vasilisa a mystical heritage.
Vasilisa the Brave (or Beautiful)
Vasilisa, or Vasya, grows up to be a spirited and rather rebellious yo ...more
Vasya is an enchanting rough and tumble girl, more at home in the wild outdoors and who chafes at the limitations pressed upo ...more
First, a metaphor. Have you ever been about to eat something, thinking it's flavored with vanilla and cinnamon? Then you bite into it and discover ginger and nutmeg (also favorites of mine.)
This book is a bit like that. It's fantasy. Okay, I've read lots of that. It's told rather like a fairy tale. Okay, ready for that.
It's told a bit like a Russian fairy tale only the setting is very ...more
"I?" said Morozko. "I am only a story, Vasya."
Fairy-tales and folklore, magic and snow, and an untameable “wild maiden” right out of a story.
Well, colour me delighted.
•The Bear and the Nightingale undoubtedly is a delicious novel. For one thing, it's cleverly written, and my friends from Russia and Belarus and Ukraina (I'm linking their reviews down below) assure me it shows an incredible amount of resear ...more
Do you know that fuzzy feeling when you find a book with a world so immersive that you don't want it to ever end? This was a book like that for me. I absolutely adored it - and I am not quite sure if this review will at all be coherent, but I'll try my best.
This was a book that I was super super excited to get to read early. I love books set in Russia, especially the North of Russia; I love Fairy Tales; I love the books the blurb compared it to. I only wanted to read the first chap ...more
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via First to Read program.
By the shore of the sea stands a green oak tree;
Upon the tree is a golden chain:
And day and night a learned cat
Walks around and around on the chain;
When he goes to the right he sings a song,
When he goes to the left he tells a tale.
—a. s. Pushkin
A learned cat's fact number 1: A book that starts with words of one of the greatest and loved Russian authors and poets. I love Pushkin. I don't know a person or a child in...more
'The Bear and the Nightingale' isn't an easy book to define in terms of genre. It's a beautiful story that weaves fairy tale with old legend and myth while holding a true, authentic feel. For part of it I thought it may be a strange romance in the end but that's not quite right. There's genuine suffering amid the legend (the author made winter frost harsh and cruel but simply awesome in its twisted way), but also a bonding and building of relationships, especially in the family.
I know nothing re ...more
The Bear and the Nightingale pulled me in immediately, with the stunning writing. I do not know a lot about Russian culture or fairy tales, but the author did a great job in making the Russian creatures and names accessible to his English readers. It presented an alternate view of creatures I knew already like the rusalka and allowed me to learn abo ...more
It transports the reader back to medieval Russia, to a place thick with forests and deep crisp glistening snow. It is here that we find Vasya, and her family. Vasya is a child of nature, a wild and wilful girl. She has powers that leave the villagers questioning the nature of those powers, many believing that she's ...more
Uprooted + Deathless + Hild. Kind of. Hild is just in there for realllyyyyyyy well-written historical fiction. But Uprooted + Deathless YES.
Longer review in...August maybe. Hopefully more people are buzzing about this by then.
This is hands down of the best books I've read this year. The Bear and the Nightingale simply has all the right elements of what a story/retelling should be. There were times the magical realism swept me away into a dark forest with the rusalka, or let me listen in on the conversations between nymphs, a vampire, and even with death himself. An element of romance; even in the slightest ...more
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Reading this was a truly wonderful experience. The plot was a mix of the historical and fantastic, based on traditional Russian myth and folklore, and the accompanying language was suitably magical, with surprising metaphor and beautiful imagery. This debut was both accomplished and daring, offering a fairy tale experience for an adult audience without losing any of its wonder. It was something special.
I'll keep my review to this: I went into thi ...more
I enjoyed this fairy tale of a story. I did have a difficult time really getting into the story and I am not entirely sure why. Once I became hooked on the story, I couldn't find out what would happen next fast enough. It was at times a slow moving story even though things always seemed to be happening. The descriptions in the story were incredibly vivid. This was the kind of story that will stay with me for some time.
I have seen some descrip ...more
It all circles around Vasilisa. Vasilisa has the ability to communicate with the mythical, fabled creatures that her family, neighbors and town have always left tribute too but never seen.
When Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow to ask the royalty for matches for his older children when he is given a wife for himself. Her new stepmother can see the same creatures Vasilisa h ...more
Vasya, the last-born of a minor noble in medieval Rus's frozen north, is a child like no other. But her mother may not have been entirely human either. Vasya's childhood among her fractious but loving siblings is beautfully drawn. Otherworldly encounters in the woods and in the home, as Vasya befriends the sp ...more
Going to kick this review off with a: wow, what a debut. I will certainly read whatever Katherine Arden publishes next. She completely won me over with her beautiful, spellbinding writing, intriguing storytelling and outstanding heroine; even if I don’t think this a flawless story and have a few complaints, but more on that later.
The Bear and the Nightingale is based on Slavic mythology, and it tells the story of a young girl, Vasilia, as she grows up in a small village in Russia during that tim ...more
Review taken from my blog, SugarQuills.
I received a copy of The Bear and the Nightingale from the publisher for an honest review.
Set in medieval Lesnaya Zemlya, a quaint little village in northern Rus’, The Bear and the Nightingale features villagers who show signs of double faith (accepting Christianity but still holding onto pagan practises and worship.) Per my extensive and credible research (Wikipedia lol), ‘double faith ...more
To be honest, I loved this story so much when I started it that I was secretly convinced that it would be a 5 star read. It was *that* good. It almost feels like you're reading a fairytale at first. We open with something that seems seemingly ordinary but yet so wondrous and magical. Then we are drawn to the sense that something is going to go very, very wrong. I loved it.
Then Part One came to an end and my good feelings for the story started to wane.
The Bear and the Nightingale was sold to me as a book perfect for lovers of Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Uprooted was my absolute favorite book last year and is now my go-to answer for when someone asks me the question, "What is your favorite book?" I devoured this book in two sittings and now I'm struggling to put into words my feelings about it.
I was enchanted by the writing in this book, it is descriptive and immersive. It takes place in th ...more
There was a time, not long ago
When flowers grew all year
When days were long
And nights star-strewn
And men lived free from fear
Just to clarify: The Bear and the Nightingale (TBATN) is NOT a YA book. I’ve seen it pop up on several lists as such, but it is not. It’s also NOT historical fiction, though it is heavily inspired by historical, medieval Russia. It is adult fantasy that reads almost entirely like historical fiction until Part II, where it s ...more
This is a book I was invited to read, having previously been allowed the privilege to read (and love) an ARC of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, one of my favourite books that I read in 2015. And this book is pitched for lovers of Uprooted as well as Erin Morgenstern’s brilliant novel, The Night Circus. What these two novels both have in common is distinctly lyrical writing styles, ench ...more
I've rated The Bear and the Nightingale four stars, but there are quite a few things I disliked about this novel, and yet I cannot bring myself to rate it lower.
I was very excited when I hear of The Bear ...more
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