The Winter of the Witch (Signed Book) (Winternight Trilogy #3)

The Winter of the Witch (Signed Book) (Winternight Trilogy #3)

by Katherine Arden

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ISBN-13: 9781984800695
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Series: Winternight Trilogy Series , #3
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 105
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Katherine Arden is the author of the national bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower. Born in Austin, Texas, she has studied Russian in Moscow, taught at a school in the French Alps, and worked on a farm in Hawaii. She currently lives in Vermont.

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The Winter of the Witch (Signed Book) (Winternight Trilogy #3) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
LeighKramer 2 days ago
You know when you love a series and each book is better than the last and then the final book comes out and it’s impossibly perfect and you’re filled with a sense of completion and satisfaction and yes, a little bit of sadness it’s over, but mostly you’re in awe of your reading experience? Well, now you know how I feel about The Winter Of The Witch and the Winternight Trilogy. Winter Of The Witch picks up where Girl In The Tower left off and it’s pretty much off to the races from the start. This book was INTENSE, in a good way, even if some parts made me very nervous. This was action-packed and just when one arc would resolve, I’d realize there was more to come. But it was always in service of the plot and the characters. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! Arden explored the theme of belonging in some really interesting ways. Morozco is winter—he is the Frost Demon, after all—and it is basically impossible for him to be with Vasya in other seasons. Vasya does not want to be reduced to a wife: she doesn’t want to belong to a man in their patriarchal world. Then there are the familial relationships between Vasya and her siblings and aunt and the ways they work in tandem and apart. I also really enjoyed all of the symbolism at play. When I consider the whole of this trilogy, I marvel over where Vasya was when we started and where she winds up in the end. She’s grown in big ways but the heart of her character is the same. She sees herself as an agent of chaos, like Medved, only she’s trying to help people when trouble ensues, whereas he delights in wreaking havoc. One of Vasya’s tasks is to recognize her monstrous sides without giving in to those impulses and saying connected to the light and to her family. Winter Of The Witch blurs the lines of good and evil, as we also see other sides of both the Frost Demon and the Bear. Vasya does not belong to Morozco or Medved. This makes her powerful in her own right and I loved watching her really come in to her own. She’s her own person with her own wants and desires and she’s not there to take sides. She is their very literal balance. Or as she says, “born to be in between.” The way this came together was magnificent. Lastly, there's Vasya and Morozco's relationship. Look. I don't know how many times I have to say it but if being in love with a Frost Demon is wrong, I don't want to be right. As such, I absolutely loved the new developments in their relationship and where things stood between them. This was such a fitting end to the trilogy and cements the Winternight trilogy as one of my favorites. Highly recommended. CW: death of a horse, violence, mob violence, threatened rape, war Disclosure: I received an advanced copy from Del Rey in exchange for an honest review.
Verkruissen 3 days ago
The Winter of the Witch is the third and (sadly) final book in an amazing series by Katherine Arden. Thank you to Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this beautifully written book. This book picks up where the last book ended and the charismatic priest Konstantin Nikonovich has convinced the mobs that the fires that broke out all over the city was God's punishment for the prince harboring a witch, Vasya, and that she must be burned to death as punishment. Through a crazy chain of events Vasya escapes and is set on the magical Midnight Road where she discovers more about her family, her past and what her future might be. This book was great beginning to end. It was fast paced, stayed intriguing and was very hard to put down. I was first enchanted by the first book and the Russian folklore that was woven throughout and this book did not disappoint. I will definitely continue recommending this series. Loved it!
bamcooks 5 days ago
What gorgeous cover art, befitting the wild and vibrant conclusion to Katherine Arden's Winternight trilogy. This third part takes us onward to the famous Battle of Kulikovo in 1380 between the Rus and the Tatars, the first time the people of Rus came together under the guidance of the grand prince of Moscow to defeat a foreign adversary--marking perhaps the spiritual birth at least of the nation of Russia. But in this folk-tale retelling, it is also a battle between the new religion of Christianity and old paganism with its belief in the powers of chyerti, various spirits and demons of folklore. Arden has concocted a fairy-tale like story to flesh out these historical details in her trilogy featuring courageous young Vasilisa Petrovna, a wild, witch-like girl who is just coming to an understanding of her own powers. But "magic makes men mad. They forget what is real because too much is possible." Will she end up a madwoman like her great-grandmother Baba Yaga? Or will she be strong enough to be the uniting force between both pagan and Christian beliefs, bringing stability to her country and people? I am actually hoping there will be more to this series--I have enjoyed it that much and don't wish for it to end! I received an arc from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review. Many thanks! My first read of 2019 and my first 5-star rating!
marongm8 7 days ago
While reading this book I could not help but think modern day Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe and the Chronicles of Narnia. With that series being one of my favorites of all time, I was really anticipating reading this book. Readers in our library have read The Bear and the Nightingale and really enjoyed it because the book reminded them of Narnia but they said this one was more modern and more sophisticated therefore this book was better. I have to say.....they were right. Every single chapter there was a new surprise twist, things happened unexpectedly and it's one of those books that you will not want to stop reading to find out what will happen to Vasya and will she discover who she is in time to save the kingdom. Very magically enticing. . That is why we give this book 5 stars.
Anonymous 7 days ago
I couldn't stop reading. As thoroughly enjoyable and fulfilling as the first two.
TheBakersBooks 8 days ago
The Winter of the Witch was a perfect way to kick off the new year! I read both the previous books in December and this one rose easily to their standard. The Winternight trilogy is a fairy tale with the scope of an epic; its final installment more than lived up to the promise of the other two books. It's rare for me to find each book in a series better than the one before it, especially when the first installments set such a high bar. That was the case here, though. I'd be hard pressed to think of anything I didn't enjoy about the Winternight trilogy as a whole and this book in particular. I recommend The Winter of the Witch to readers who enjoyed the previous novels; the whole series will appeal to fans of Naomi Novik's Spinning Silver and anybody who likes their historical fantasy with a strong dash of myth and magic. 5/5 stars - definitely a book/series I'll read again and share with all my friends.
Anonymous 9 days ago
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden Actual Rating 5 stars I loved this book and the previous two. This trilogy is the only rival to my favorite book trilogy The Cobweb Bride. I must admit that at this moment in time these two trilogies are tied for the best books of all time. Very rarely do I come across a series that combines all elements of books that I love in equal parts without overdoing one area or another. Needless to say I love this trilogy. I loved the characters, I loved the plot, and I loved the beautiful prose and writing style. Characters Vasya: Vasya is one of the most feminist characters I have read about. Her unwillingness to conform to what society wanted her to do was inspiring and amazing to read about. I truly loved watching her grow. I must admit that there were times I wanted to cry for Vasya and her struggles that she went through in order to grow into the woman she needed to be to unit her worlds. I truly enjoyed her watching her relationships with all the other characters develop and change over the course of the three novels. I can only hope that I have the opportunity to read more novels with main characters like Vasya. Morozko: Morozko is was an amazing character. His personality was well rounded and complex. At times I viewed him as a dangerous demon that could destroy everything around him and at other times I viewed him as a character who was lost and didn't know what way to turn or what to do in order to ensure his kinds survival. Over the course of the three novels you can truly see his character change and develop into a more relatable entity. Not to mention I loved watching the complex and confusing romance blossom and transform between Vasya and Morozko. Olga: I must admit that while reading The Girl in the Tower I was unsure of Olga. I struggled to understand her hesitance to invite Vasya in. But as time went on and I saw her change and I saw why she feared what Vasya’s appearance meant for her family I came to understand her and like her better. I found that Olga was strong in her own way and did all she could to help out without endangering her children and this in it self is a unique and admirable quality that I must commend. By the end of The Winter of the Witch I found that admired Olga and her silent strength in the face of danger. Sasha: Sasha was a difficult character for me to understand at first. His reluctance to believe that what Vasya was doing was for the greater good had me questioning his character. But just like Olga as time went on came to admire him. I admired his dedication to his religion even though he came to see and experience older darker religion that resided in his country. I also greatly admired his dedication to his country and his family even though he was unsure at first. Finally I must commend his bravery in all things he did. Solovey: Aside from Vasya, Solovey was my favorite character in the entire series. I absolutely loved his quiet strength, his love for Vasya, and his bravery in the face of incredible danger. There is absolutely nothing I wouldn't do to save and protect Solovey from danger and harm. I must admit that I cried for him and mourned the pain he went through and I must admit that I feared for the conclusion to his character arc but in the end I was greatly pleased with what came to pass. Konstantin: I pitied Konstantin, I pitied his loss of religion and his loss of purpose. With that being said I also found him to be a horribly ma
trutexan 9 days ago
Katherine Arden’s books just keep improving with each one. Her third book in the Winternight Trilogy was every bit as exciting as I was hoping for. Arden’s books remind me so much of why I loved fairy tales as a child. In the third book, Vasya, the main character, finds herself in a precarious position at the beginning of the story. Right away some devastating events occur and Vasya must escape to a safer place. Along the way, she learns more about her heritage and her powers as a witch. Vasya develops into a peacemaker of sorts, to bring about the best outcomes for everyone. She finds her true path and she also finds romance throughout her difficult journey. I especially loved the role of the horses in the story and how valued they were to Vasya. The ending was wonderful and just the sort of fairy tale ending I was anticipating. Many thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine for allowing me to read and advance copy and give my honest review.
lostinagoodbook 9 days ago
What a series! I loved the first two books so much, I was fully prepared to throw a major tantrum if I didn’t get the ARC for this third volume. Well not really a tantrum, but I would have been very upset in my feels. Thankfully, the book gods at Del Rey publishing smiled down upon me and gifted me with Winter of the Witch. Please note: This is not a series that I would recommend you just jump into on book three. You definitely need to read the first to books before you begin this one. The Bear and the Nightingale (#1) The Girl in the Tower (#2) It’s also impossible to write a synopsis without inadvertently spoiling something so I will only speak in generalities about the tone/theme of the book and about the characters themselves. The book opens with heartbreak, with the first death coming hard and fast. I was stunned because this character’s demise was completely unexpected and absolutely devastating. This was harder to take because the plot structure and writing has been splendid throughout the series. The characters are nuanced and have great depth. It’s a fairy tale type setting, but these are the old russian fairytales. Full of night demons, chyerta, and wonderful little domovoi, or house spirits. Previous books have focused on the rising tide of Christianity and how it is forcing the native magical folk creatures to diminish. Enter Vasya. She has an affinity for communicating with these creatures and is herself full of spirit and bravery. In this book, Vasya takes the fairy tale setting and proceeds to upend it entirely. She is revealed to be the powerful young woman that we’ve been been getting hints of throughout the first two books. She was never the damsel in distress or the maiden in the tower. She is a source of strength and a unifying force. She is as always a joy to read. I’m only sorry that the series had to end, but not sorry in the least for how it did. There are no completely bad or good characters. There are only individuals. Each with their own motivations, having good qualities and bad liberally mixed together. As Morozko says, “The wicked still mourn, Vasya.” In understanding that truth, she learns to see that all of these creatures, human and chyerti, for good and evil, have a place in the world . Song for this book: Steady by The Staves Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley
KristyJewel 9 days ago
I just finished The Winter of the Witch early this morning. Yes, I stayed up until 1 am reading this book because it was just that good. I was fortunate enough to get an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley. This book took me a little less than a month to finish. The reason for that is because I never wanted the book to end. I savored this book like it was decadent cheesecake. It truly was beautiful. Katherine Arden has a way with creating characters that you become invested in. You meet old characters and some new ones. Each character is fleshed out and it's fascinating to see how they all have changed for the better or worse in this novel. The plot is unique and had quite a few twists and turns. I loved how I never knew what was going to happen. It takes a true storyteller to create something so different and so compelling. I laughed, I cried, and I never wanted it to end. If I could give this infinite stars I would. This was spectacular. If you haven't read the others in this series, you're missing out. This has quickly become my favorite fantasy series.
469480 9 days ago
"The Winter of the Witch" is the third and final book in Katherine Arden’s "Winternight Trilogy." What started with "The Bear and the Nightingale"—and yes, readers need to read that book and the second book, "The Girl in the Tower," in order to know what is going on in the third book—ends with this beautiful end to a beautiful trilogy. This historical fiction fantasy starts where the second book ended, with Moscow recovering from both a fire and the actions of a wicked magician. Once again, Vasilisa Petrovna’s actions have caught up with her, and she barely escapes with her life. Then, she must come up with a plan to unite ALL of Russia—humans and chyerti—to fight against the invading Tatars, and to find balance between two belief systems. Christianity is now the dominant religion in Russia with the amount of people who keep the older traditions decreasing, the Tatars continue their campaign to take over Russia, ancient feuds continue to play on, and Vasya is a step closer to coming into her own and accepting her destiny. Arden presents the conflicts and then shows how all of her characters deal with them within the story. Since the narrative is given from multiple viewpoints without the other characters knowing what is happening to other characters, readers know that each narrative is reliable and realistic. The resolution does not give the characters enough knowledge of what happened to the other characters as well, and that provides a believable ending. If "The Bear and the Nightingale" was the first book that introduced us to Katherine Arden, then "The Winter of the Witch" is the book that cements her as one of the best speculative fiction authors in this era of publication. Katherine Arden takes folklore and reshapes it into a new story to be read and enjoyed the same way Neil Gaiman, Nnedi Okorafor and Naomi Novik have done within their books. Folklore is part of a culture, and Arden incorporated the importance of a country unifying, not just for its survival, but also for its way of life through their culture. The author did a beautiful job expressing this within her writing. I am proud to say that I’ve read Katherine Arden’s books since the publication of her first novel, and I’ve enjoyed them all! Now, while this review is about the last book in the trilogy, I still have to mention all of the books in the trilogy. There are many trilogies in the speculative fiction genre; and, when it comes to the trilogies I’ve read from that genre, the "Winternight Trilogy" leaves me with the same level of satisfaction as "His Dark Materials" (by Philip Pullman) and "The Broken Earth" (by N.K. Jemisin) trilogies. Anyone who knows about how I feel about those trilogies, know that’s a big deal! Reading Vasya’s journey from childhood to adolescence to adulthood was an absolute joy and I’m glad Katherine Arden shared her story with us. I recommend this novel, and the series, to all readers of the speculative fiction genre. None of you will be disappointed.
TheBookYogi 9 days ago
We were warned since Bear that we would weep for a nightingale... This conclusion is the most magical of the trilogy, and fittingly so as Vasya has come into herself and is beginning to truly understand who she is and the path she wants and needs to walk. I could not put it down - every question presented since the start of the tale had its answer and I was pleased with them all. I cried a few times, the hardest at the end with its bittersweet blend. I can't think of a more perfect way for this trilogy to have come to a close. I am amazed at the wondrous story Arden has woven. I love Midnight's reality-twisting existence, the answers found by the lake, the balance found in madness and magic and forgetting, and the bridge between old magic and new faith. I love the magic of the woods and the winter king's touch, Vasya's vulnerability and her strength, and the glance beyond the line of good and evil to find that even monsters can mourn. And also, Ded Grib.
Booktalk_with-Eileen 9 days ago
Having read and reviewed the first two book of this trilogy, I was well-primed to enjoy the events unfolding in this story set deep in the myths of Russia. It was a time where old beliefs fade from people’s minds while new ones are taking root. Vasya Petrona is caught between the two beliefs. She has special powers of perception; able to see and hear the demons who guard each dwelling, protect the ovens of their homes, dwell in the forest, the waterways, and even demons who take the dead. This world is in an uproar. The smaller demons are becoming weaker, also losing their powers. They want to fight back. People have turned their backs on them. They were the ones to protect homes and dwellings. While they were believed in, people were able to see them and provided for them as well. They grew strong. But no more. The Winter King, the demon of death, has grown an attachment to Vasya. He protects her when those would call her witch. His twin, the Bear, works against him, using hate and lust of a ‘man of God’ to destroy Vasya. The Bear wants to destroy Morozko and take over the world. He insights hatred and war among men, gaining more power as he does. Vasya is in the middle of this battle. Will she be overtaken by Morozko or the Bear? Is she clever enough and powerful enough to stop the down-spiraling demise of the mythical world? She knows that to have Russia a country of peace the worlds must work together. The dialog among the demons and Vasya is very well done. It shows clearly the stress of the events and the power behind each demon. It sets the tone of the story, along with author Arden’s description of the setting. I find myself in Russia, in the Midnight Forest where there is never day. All the events create a perfect fantasy of battles, evil, and love – the kind that endures. You will be surprised by the events and completely happy with the ending. This tale is memorable. Uniquely written with a style suited to the time, author Arden shows us the underbelly of the demon. I took away a theme, intentioned or not. In every good person, there is evil, and in every bad person, there is good. I recommend this series to dreamers of the unknown.
Anonymous 9 days ago
The Winter of the Witch was one of my most anticipated reads for 2019 and it did not disappoint. We are swept back into this magical world right where The Girl in the Tower left off. Vasya is trying to make peace with what happened to Moscow the night before while trying to keep her family safe as an angry mob wants her tried for witchcraft. Katherine Arden's writing is once again captivating and brings to life this world and the characters we have grown to love.  We find ourselves back at recognizable places such as Moscow and the forest but we also are drawn into new magical worlds that feel like a dream. Her world building is breathtaking and imaginative as always. New and familiar characters come back for this epic conclusion. Vasya is still growing in the beginning and by the end she is finding her purpose which is satisfying to see. She is always full of real human emotions as Katherine has a way of making each character come to life. I even grew to like Medved, the bear, and I didn't think that was possible. Many of the characters are met with tough decisions they must make and sometimes those decisions lead to fateful consequences.  This book gave me so many emotions and tears were shed multiple times as well as a few laughs here and there. Although I am sad to see this wonderful world end, The Winter of the Witch is a great ending to a beloved series. eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley
S_White_1218 9 days ago
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Now THAT is how you do a trilogy. Excellent work, Katherine Arden! Arden has created a beautiful world, full of magic and men. She's brought historical Russia to life in the minds of readers, and she has given us a strong and amazing protagonist who gets things done, lives life on her own terms, and is chock full of character agency that other authors struggle to give but Arden does with panache. This trilogy will lead you through the wild darkness of Midnight, the mystical land of the cheyrti, and the pastoral lands of old Rus'. It'll take you through the heights and depths of human experience, and show you the good and bad side of people and spirits. Honestly, Arden's first trilogy is a masterpiece, and you'd be doing yourself a disservice as a reader to skip it. I had no interest in Russian folklore before reading these, and she's intrigued me with her depth of knowledge on the subject and her ability to incorporate those legends and myths into her stories so seamlessly. Five stars. Top notch trilogy. Pick them up!!!!
CaptainsQuarters 9 days ago
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings. If ye haven’t read the other two books in this trilogy then ye might want to skip this post and read them. Worth the read. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . . . . The first two books of this trilogy tied for the number one spot on me top 5 reads of 2017. So imagine me delight when I finally got to read this stunning conclusion. This installment contains another fabulous cover and another beautiful lyrical story that had me besotted. While book one could be read as a standalone, I am so very glad that I got to experience more of Vasya's adventures. This book was worth the wait. In-spite of the time between books two and three, a couple of sentences in and I was magically transported back into the author's amazing world. Vasya continues to struggle to find her proper place in the world. Christianity and magic continue to clash. Political upheaval continues to disrupt Russia. Vasya is in the thick of things and is trying to save those she loves and a disappearing way of life. She makes mistakes and suffers yet remains overall strong and determined. Vasya is certainly one of me favourite characters ever. What truly took center stage in this book was the vivid imagery and lush writing. I couldn't put this book down and finished it in one sitting. Not only was I completely immersed in the story but I was mesmerized by the tale's twists and turns. There are surprises and heartbreak. Assumptions are overturned. And yet overall the story ended with hope. I absolutely adored the ending. I really can't do this book justice. If ye haven't read this series then ye should. It is a perfect read for winter. I will be reading whatever this author writes next! So lastly . . . Thank you Random House!
Caroles_Random_Life 9 days ago
I absolutely loved this book! Ever since I finished The Girl in the Tower, I have been eager to read the next chapter in Vasya's story. I went into this book with incredibly high expectations and I have to say that this book was even better than I could have hoped for. There is just something magical about this trilogy. This was a book that I found almost impossible to set aside. I just had to know how things would work out for Vasya, her family, and all of Russia. I found that this story was really able to touch me emotionally and I had a fantastic time reading it. The Winter of the Witch is the final book in the Winternight trilogy which really must be read in order. This book does pick up shortly after the events of the previous book by throwing the reader right back into the action. If I had to find one thing to criticize about this book, it would be that this book does not take the time to refresh the reader's memory of the events from the previous installments. Since it has been over a year since I read the previous book, it did take me a moment or two to really remember the details regarding what had been happening with Vasya. Vasya is a wonderful character and I have found it a joy to watch her develop and really find herself over the course of the trilogy. She seems to be ready to take on the world in this book. She is strong and has proven herself worthy of being a leader. She is also compassionate and mourns the ones she has lost and works to protect others often at her own risk. She does expect others with power to also do what needs to be done even if it comes with significant risk and does not hold back her opinion when she thinks that they are not doing enough. This book was exciting. I worried about the safety of Vasya and the other characters quite often since there are a lot of dangerous situations in the book. Vasya has really embraced her powers by the end of the book and I had a great time seeing everything she was capable of doing. I also loved all of the magical creatures that were a part of Vasya's world. The Winter King, the Bear, Midnight, and even a mushroom king all played important and sometimes surprising roles in this wonderful story. I thought that the writing was beautiful. I felt like I was carried away by the words as I read this book. There was a wonderful flow to the story and I think that the writing added to the overall beauty of the story. This story made me feel a lot of things. I was nervous and worried about the characters at times and smiled in joy when things worked out. I felt pain when things went horribly wrong and had tears of joy when things went oh so right. The story is dark and it is often violent but it was always beautiful. I would highly recommend this trilogy to others. I was swept away by this dark fairytale of a story and loved every moment of it. I must say that this book brought everything to a fantastic conclusion and the ending was even better than I could have hoped. This is a trilogy that I plan to revisit many times in the future. I can't wait to see what Katherine Arden writes next! I received a digital review copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Del Ray via NetGalley.
Darcy714 10 days ago
“Her only choices were fire or darkness or the devil in between.” Chapter 4 It all began with a skinny girl named Vasya, who could see the unseen, through which she made both friends and enemies, among them a one-eyed Bear, a Nightingale and a Winter King. In The Winter of the Witch, Katherine Arden ends her brilliant trilogy in a a tense, edge-of-the seat-battle that will keep readers up long into the night tearing through the chapters as they ride along on Vasya’s last quest. Arden’s first book in the series set an incredible precedent in her writing earning her a reputation for a well-spun tale with engaging characters and a perfectly paced plot. She has not disappointed in either of her follow up novels. The Winter of the Witch picks up right where The Girl in the Tower ended, and continues the story arc as Vasya struggles to straddle two worlds: among the chyerti as her true self, and among her family in Rus, where she is known and despised as a witch. Seeking to ensure her family is safe, Vasya is soon caught in a plot against her by the returning character Konstantin Nikonovich, who has sided with the Bear in an effort to destroy her. In order to win her own freedom to exist as well as the protection of her family, Vasya must find a way to unite the two worlds, or risk losing both. A truly enjoyable tale perfect for winter reading and impossible to put down. Looking forward to reading more of Arden’s work in the future! My thanks to the publisher for sending me an ARC on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.