BOOK REVIEW: The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

Title: The Winter of the Witch
Author: Katherine Arden
Publication: January 8, 2019
Publisher: Del Rey
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 402

SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for 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 and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will 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.


When my book club read this book I was like eehhhh ok whatever.  However, I loved the book.  I knew that I wanted to read the whole series.  I even passed them to my sister as a gift,   My sister is Russian and I was interested to get her take on the series.  She is a fan by the way.  I have loved the whole series up to this book.  I was interested in seeing where this book went.  I couldn’t wait to finish the series.

Vasya is struggling with what happened.  Setting Moscow on fire.  She believes the fate of Russia rests in her hands.  This book was amazing.  I found myself o the edge of my seat multiple times and chewing my nails half the time.   I was so happy with how the whole series turned out. I loved all the twists and turns that the author provided us.  I honestly think that she could really add another book to the series and tell us what happened between Vasya and the frost-demon.  I need to know what happened after they left the battle.  The way Vasya was so passionate about her country stirred something within me.  I only hope one day to be as passionate as she was. 

I loved the way the frost king and Vasya had a relationship.  She is so brave.  I cheered for her the entire book.  I wanted her to win.  I hoped that she would. I knew from the last book that nothing would come easy to her.  I loved how the author shows the love between the two main characters, Vasya and the frost-king.  The author knows how to drag things out and keep you on the edge of your seat.  I can only hope to be able to write that way.  I am so happy with how the series ended.  It for the most part wraps up the series in a nice little bow.  I don’t know what else to say about this book.  It is so good and left me speechless.  I would certainly read more by this author and I hope that we get more of Vasya in the future.  


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