The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Format: library hardcover
Summary: The third novel of this series offers a conclusion to Vasya’s journey. Vasya wants to help to save Russia, both the human and magical worlds.
Review: I’ve loved this series from the start, it’s just such a good fantasy. I love getting to read about folktales from parts of the world I’m not familiar with. So I naturally had high hopes for this book– sadly, those hopes JUST WEREN’T HIGH ENOUGH. The last book blew me away. I had no idea that THIS WHOLE TIME Arden had been writing a historical fantasy. I mean, my knowledge of Russian history is: Napoleon tried to invade during winter like a dumbass, the revolution and that they fought against the Nazi’s in WWII. And all said knowledge is real bare minimum. So it’s not like I would have picked up on clues I’m sure anyone familiar with Russian history would be able to pick up on.
I definitely cried during this book, both happy and not. I had a lot of emotions during this book and I liked it. I’ve been having difficulty lately finding books that can actually make me cry, like I’ll feel emotion but not enough, if that makes sense. So it’s nice when that can actually happen again, like I’ve been used to be in a huge cry baby.
In this book the chyerti take a larger role, I really liked how Vasya was able to get the chyerti to take part in human affairs. We get to see new chyerti and lots of old faces as well. Of course, Morozko plays a significant role in the book, I was glad to see him and how he interacts with Vasya.
Vasya is an awesome character and I was so excited to see her again. We learn more about her family history which is super exciting and kind of makes me wish we could have just one more book. Though I did feel the ending was really well done and satisfying, I don’t think I would want it changed. But MAN I never want to leave Vasya, she’s just such a great character.
The only thing I think I could have wanted from this book would be more of Vasya’s niece. I had hoped she could play a larger role in this book. I wanted to see Vasya coaching her basically. She’s briefly in the book here and there but I think she could have been involved.
Recommendation: Read. This. Series. I’m not even joking this is one of my favorite series I’ve read. All three book are really strong, they tie in together very well and has a very satisfying ending.
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