The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden is the first book in the Winternight Trilogy. This story is based on a Russian fairy tale called Father Frost. This version of the tale is about a frost king who is after a girl named Vasilisa.
Plot 5/5: I have never heard any Russian fairy tales, so this was quite the treat.
Characters 5/5: The characters are interesting. I loved learning some of the ways of the Russian people and their folklore and beliefs.
World building 5/5: The descriptions of the village had me feeling the harsh winters and the expectations of spring in this wonderfully created village world.
Pacing 4/5 The pacing was steady and a bit slow, but Arden kept me rapt in the story.
Writing 5/5: The writing is beautiful and lyrical.
"I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing. I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me." - Vasilisa
Favorite characters: Vasilisa and Morozko
This was a fabulous story and I cannot wait to read the next installment.