“There are no monsters in the world, and no saints. Only infinite shades woven into the same tapestry, light and dark. One man’s monster is another man’s beloved” ~ The Winter of the Witch, written by Katherine Arden.
Occasionally I find a novel so enchanting I find myself completely immersed. The Winter of the Witch is the third novel in the Winternight Trilogy and was well worth the anticipation. I was transported to the ancient lands of Rus’ and the struggles of Vasya as she forges her own path, refusing to conform to convention.
Katherine Arden’s novels are captivatingly poetic. I loved all the novels in this trilogy I don’t think I can pick just one as my favorite. I loved The Bear and the Nightingale for this was the novel that first introduced me Vasya and the land of Chyerti and ancient Russian fairytales. I loved The Girl in The Tower for the simple pleasure of being able to read of Vasya’s adventures as she travels into the unknown and grows from a girl to a woman. Then finally there is The Winter of the Witch. This novel opened with so much sadness and degradation I felt completely heartbroken within the first thirty pages. I promise you however if you conquer the heartbreak after the first thirty pages and read on to the end you will end this wonderful trilogy with a smile and with a feel of complete satisfaction. Seriously if you haven’t read these novels yet get to your closest book store or library and start reading!!!!