OH MYYYYY! I LOVE this cover, and can’t wait for the new book to come out, which is January 2019. The Winter of the Witch is the third and last book in The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. I loved the first two books, and my heart stopped when I saw this UK cover. If you don’t know the series, here is the blurb from Goodreads for the first book: The Bear and he Nightingale:
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind–she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed–this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
I love Arden’s writing. It’s very lyrical, very atmospheric that transports you right in the middle of Russia’s cold wilderness. It’s a perfect read for winter, and I will definitely be waiting for this eagerly. I would definitely recommend to check this series out if you are interested in Russian folklore, some fantasy, slow-burning, atmospheric writing, strong protagonist and feminist tone of voice.
I reviewed the second book: The Girl in The Tower, if you want to see, here is the link.
And let’s just take a moment and stare at these beauties 🙂
Happy reading everyone!