‘The Winter of the Witch’ spoiler-free review!

Hello lovelies! Today, I’m on the blog tour for The Winter of the Witch, the conclusion to Katherine Arden’s fabulous Winternight trilogy. I’m going to talk quite generally about the series as a whole so you don’t need to worry about spoilers! Read on to find out why this series/author is one of my forever favourites…

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synopsis

Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.

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.


my thoughts

This is genuinely one the most magical series I have ever read. Katherine Arden will be an auto-buy author for the rest of my life. Her prose is utterly beautiful. I completely adore the way she writes and builds her worlds. Seriously, it’s phenomenal. I was able to picture everything, right down to the smallest detail. It was all so cinematic.

I have always had a love of all things Russian but these books are on another level. The amount of historical detail that Arden is able to include without overwhelming her overarching fairytale story is staggering. I never knew much about this period in history but I feel inspired to go off and explore it more now.

But speaking more about the fairytale aspect: you guys know me by now, and you know that this is my JAM. I loved everything that Arden did with this trilogy. A significant portion of this third and final book actually gave me Alice in Wonderland vibes; it was all so whimsical! But don’t be fooled. This is a series that gets progressively darker and this third book definitely has some moments that had me gasping in horror. The Winter of the Witch shattered my heart into a million pieces.

I want to take a moment to talk about the characters. If you are a fan of twists on fairytale archetypes, then this is definitely a series for you. Nobody is a straight-up hero or villain; there are multiple shades of grey here. But watching these characters grow and develop over the course of the three books was an absolute delight. And seeing Vasya discover who she is and embracing her true self gave me such joy.

This is such a great story of female empowerment. I want every little girl to be introduced to Vasya, to know that girls can choose their own path in life and not be confined to what men tell them they should be.

There are just so many wonderful aspects to this story. The wintery Russian setting, the magic, the feminism, the sibling relationships, Solovey, Morozko… I can’t convey how much I love everything. Just please go and read it! ❤

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Have you read this series? Is it something that’s on your radar? Let me know in the comments! And check out the other stops on the tour for more reviews and exclusive content! x

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