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The Winter of the Witch

The Winter of the Witch

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers--and 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, determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of this conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of both worlds resting on her shoulders. With her destiny uncertain, Vasya must 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"--
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101885994
Branch Call Number: FIC ARDEN 2019
Characteristics: 372 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm


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In this magnificent conclusion to the Winternight historical fantasy trilogy, Vasya risks everything to ensure that both medieval Russias–human and fey–can continue to live together. Exciting, moving, and beautifully written, this is a story readers will savor. ~ Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public L... Read More »

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JCLLaurelA Jun 21, 2021

This was a practically perfect ending to a fantastic trilogy. It's hard to find a villain that has absolutely no redeeming qualities, but I think Father Konstantin is on par with Dolores Umbridge. I love the Firebird (not a spoiler, she's clearly on the cover!) and her choices, as well as Vasilisa realizing what her future could hold. Sasha is such a wonderful character, and I adore him. His story line is perfect.

LoganLib_Sheridan Feb 08, 2021

In a way the ending to this series is frustrating but there was a part of it I also really loved (and one I really hated). I think this book starts looking to the future and how Vasya can exist safely as herself in a world that is dangerous to her.

I love the concept of magic just becing imagining things as you want them to be but of course this way of thinking leads to madness and this is witches are often madwomen. It's also interesting how this is different for chyetri. It was explained but I can't quite remember the explanation.

And now for SPOILERS!!!

I love that ultimately Vasya brings all the chyertri together, both 'good' and 'bad'. Although considering this includes the bear after they go to a considerable effort to bring him this is rather frustrating.

I do not think Sasha had to die so obviously that was a part of the book I hated. I loved the part where they bring Solovey back to life though because he is awesome and Vasya deserves to have her horse.

Jan 29, 2021

A great end to the trilogy! The author does a great job with the historical fairytale genre and has a really lovely writing style. I know she wanted to tie the ending to a real event in history but unfortunately that added too many characters and locations for me to follow properly. I also thought that we might get to see Vasya’s other siblings in the last book, but they never came back after the first book! Regardless of these details, all in all I really enjoyed the entire trilogy!

Nov 17, 2020

The conclusion to a pretty great series. Definitely recommend these books!

Apr 22, 2020

Although at times I felt Vasya was made to ignore certain things in order to keep the plot and/or mystery going for longer than it should have, and the ending itself was a bit rushed compared to everything else, I still enjoyed this very much. Overall, a great series.

Mar 21, 2020

I have to recover a little that this series is over. But, happily, the final book was as beautiful and as satisfying as I could have wished.

What I loved about this book in particular was how much time was spent with the magical creatures of this world. Like the other books, the historical is weaved into the fantastic, and Arden's extraordinary skill makes it all work. She creates this gorgeous atmosphere that is spellbinding.

And her lead character, Vasya, is unforgettable. It's rare to have such a convincing and interesting character and character arc. Vasya grows and changes and I believed her every step of the way. Brother Sasha was another favorite. The bravery and sacrifice of Arden's characters brought me to tears.

I feel sorry for whatever I read next for having to follow this.

Jan 02, 2020

One of the most beautifully written series ever. I cried, I laughed, and I was devastated when I turned the last page that it was all over.

Oct 18, 2019

A beautifully imagined combination of Russian folklore and historical fiction. This is the final book in the Winternight trilogy that simply got better with each novel. Enchanting to read, even more so when listened to on audio.

Mar 02, 2019

I really liked the book. Truly, I did. But Am I the only person who thinks that the last 100 pages were dragged out, possibly unnecessary??

Feb 25, 2019

Brilliant. The final book in the trilogy was the best. This would have to be the most enchanting fantasy series I have ever read. The characters, mystery and story were all exceptional. Well worth reading the series

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Apr 22, 2020

Sexual Content: There is a sex scene about halfway through the novel, though nothing is graphically described.

Apr 22, 2020

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Scenes of the dead rising may be much for readers under 15.

Apr 22, 2020

Violence: Lots of battle scenes, some blood mentioned.


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Apr 22, 2020

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Apr 22, 2020

“It is not for men and women to presume what the Lord wishes. That way lies evil, when men put themselves too high, saying, I know what God wants, for it is also what I want.”


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