The Bear and The Nightingale

The Bear and The Nightingale: (Winternight Trilogy)

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 05/10/2017
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The Bear and The Nightingale
An outstanding novel. A joy to read and an amazing tale that takes your on another amazing journey. You will not want to put this down. Breathtaking
The Bear and The Nightingale
History and folklore combined
In the Bear and the Nightingale we meet Vasilisa, a young girl, and her family. They live on an estate at some distance from Moscow back in the early days ... READ MORE
Jane E Skudder
The Bear and The Nightingale
Excellent fairy tale escapism
I very much enjoyed Katherine Arden's first novel; her characters have depth, her evocation of medieval Russia, with all its riches, hardships, and superst... READ MORE
Caitlin at York
The Bear and The Nightingale
A must read for all fantasy lovers!
One that I have had on my shelf a while but not gotten around to as it's an older book. The new one prompted me to pick this up finally, and I can't believ... READ MORE
Vanessa at Doncaster


Frost-demons have no interest in mortal girls wed to mortal men. In the stories, they only come for the wild maiden. In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church. But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods... Atmospheric and enchanting, with an engrossing adventure at its core, The Bear and the Nightingale is perfect for readers of Naomi Novik's Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman.

  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • ISBN: 9781785031052
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Weight: 312g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 27 mm

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The Bear and The Nightingale
The quintessential wintry fairytale, set in rural Northern Russia
Now, I know that Spring is immediately around the corner and we're all begging for some sunshine but I'm going to encourage you to take a step back, think ... READ MORE
Lizzie | @littlehux
The Bear and The Nightingale
An Enchanting and Immersive Fairy Tale Retelling
“I am only a story, Vasya.” I had heard GREAT things about this book before I dove in. Some of my favourite humans in the book world told me that it was i... READ MORE
Aditi Nichani
The Bear and The Nightingale
A magical and enchanting read
The Bear and the Nightingale is a magical, dark and extraordinary book. A fairytale in its own right, good versus evil, monsters in the dark and a young w... READ MORE
Juliet Butler
The Bear and The Nightingale
Beautiful Expression
With prose that reads almost like poetry Katherine Arden has created a beautiful beginning to what, I hope, will be an entrancing trilogy. (Having said tha... READ MORE
Fiona Rix
The Bear and The Nightingale
An enchanting tale impossible to put down.
A fantastic fairytail that truly gripped me from the start; the depth and detail of the narrative was truly fascinating. I couldn't recommend this book any... READ MORE
Jade Naish
The Bear and The Nightingale
I wish these books would never end....
One of the most magical and mesmerising book series I have read since Harry Potter ❤️ The writing is lovely and Katherine spins a world that you can really... READ MORE
Chloë Simpson
The Bear and The Nightingale
Beautifully written
A beautifully written text combining folklore and Medieval Russian life. The conflict between religion and local folk beliefs was explored in a believable ... READ MORE
Mrs S
The Bear and The Nightingale
Mythical and Magical
My first read from Katherine Arden and what a wonderful one it was. Seeped in Russian fairytales and demons, I found The bear and The Nightingale charmingl... READ MORE
The Bear and The Nightingale
beautifully written
Deep in the merciless cold of northern Russia, a young girl is proclaimed a witch. Why, you might ask? Superstition and fear of the unknown grips her sma... READ MORE
Yamuna Sherwoodforestbooks
The Bear and The Nightingale
what a debut...!
This is the author debut book, a historical fantasy set in Old Russia, specifically in the Times where the Orthodox Christianity was gaining terrain on the... READ MORE
Filipa Mendonca
The Bear and The Nightingale
A beautiful tale filled with magic and wonder
This book fully deserves every star in the sky. It was a literal masterpiece of magic, folklore, family and fairytales. Arden so beautifully captures the e... READ MORE
Tesni Jones Edwards
The Bear and The Nightingale
A must read
Beautifully crafted and wonderfully atmospheric. I adored this book. Building on fairy tale and folk stories, The Bear and the Nightingale draws you into a... READ MORE
Elizabeth (Llandudno)
The Bear and The Nightingale
A Beautiful, Lyrical Delight
’I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing.’ If you’re a fan of fairytale and folklore retellings or else just lov... READ MORE
Charlotte Watkins
The Bear and The Nightingale
Such a brilliant book
Such a brilliant book, full of creatures of Russian myth and folklore. A witch, a headstrong girl who will not be tamed, a family that feels so very, very ... READ MORE
Katie Bruce