Vasya is born in northern Russia, she is the daughter of the noble head of the village. Vasya is different, in her there is an old magic, and since childhood she is able to see the spirits around the village, both the guardian and the evil ones.
Life is happy, but the change is near: Vasya’s father, a widow, marries a noble woman who fears constantly the evil spirits, and in the village comes a new priest, young and ambitious.
The evil spirit, bound to the forest since years back, tries to exploit these changes in the town; Vasya ends up to be almost the only one to fight the evil to come.
The Bear and The Nightingale has the features of a fairy tale, but deals with strong themes: the traditional culture that is forgotten and lost in favour of new traditions, the suggestions that bring people to change their beliefs, the uncontrolled ambition that does not care for humanity and reason.
The novel is wonderful, adventurous and compelling, the story keeps constantly the reader in suspense, the characters are alive and the setting in the frosted Russia is wonderfully crafted. I’m enthusiast there is the possibility of a follow-up novel, and I absolutely suggest to read this installment.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
* The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden ★★★★★
*I read this book in english