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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
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it was amazing
bookshelves: read-2016

This book is the perfect winter read set as it is in a Russian village where winter rarely seems to leave.

At its heart this is a classic tale of the fight between good and evil, life and death and all that falls between. It is also a fight between the old Gods and Christianity.

In the major cities in Russian Christianity has flourished and the old ways have been forgotten however out in the villages on the edge of the forest a delicate balance has been established, small Christian churches function as long as they allow the villagers to continue their practice of worshipping the old Gods and household spirits. Into one of these villages comes an ambitious young priest who seeks to "save" the villagers from their superstitious pagan ways, but is there more to these rituals than just fairytales and what will happen if the villagers heed the new priest and abandon their old Gods?

At the heart of this story is Vasya a young girl, a wild maiden, who can see the old spirits and who understands their value, because of this the villagers see her as a witch and despite her best intentions everything she does is misinterpreted and she must face the ultimate sacrifice, but what action will she take and will it be enough to save those she loves?

I loved the way the story is told, a mixture of fairytale and Russian folklore a great first novel and I am looking forward to the next books in the trilogy.

If you are looking for a new winter favourite comfort read then this could be it.

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Reading Progress

December 23, 2016 – Started Reading
December 23, 2016 – Shelved
December 24, 2016 – Shelved as: read-2016
December 24, 2016 – Finished Reading

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