THE WINTER OF THE WITCH (Winternight trilogy #3)
Written by Katherine Arden
Published by Del Rey Books, January 8, 2019
My star rating – 5 stars
The Winternight Trilogy introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse.
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. Find it on Goodreads
WOW! What a way to end a series! This book gave me literally everything I hoped for and more! I loved the first book, but I felt that the second book drifted away from the magic. I really hoped that this book would pull that all together……. and boy did it ever!!!!!!
The first thing that I need to mention is the character arc of Vasya. In book one she was a carefree girl. Young, wild, and free. Then, as she grew older, she became weighed down with responsibility and obligation. For some girls they accept marriage, and actually look forward to it. But Vasya has always been different. A free spirit who can speak to magical creatures. This ability got her labeled as a witch and things spiralled from there. In book 2 she fought for her family and the lives of others, all while struggling to find her true place in the world and never feeling as though she belonged. I LOVED how strong and assured she became in this book! She finally grew into her confidence and strength. She no longer questioned her abilities; she owned them. After years of struggling to try and fit in, despite her abilities, she threw caution to the wind and made herself fit in where she belonged.
Of course, as she owned her abilities, this meant A LOT of magical creatures! There were some old, and some new – and all were interesting and amazing! Vasya was also more confident with these creatures. She knew what they wanted, how to communicate with them, what she would need to do to be trusted and show them respect. She also knew how to use them and their knowledge to get what she wanted and needed. I also loved the feeling of a normal world with magic hiding under a thin layer at all times. Most couldn’t see it, but it was always there, helping them without their knowledge.
This book did an AMAZING job at bringing all elements together and wrapping things up. Not everything was sunshine and rainbows, but I feel like all the elements finally came together. Throughout Vasya’s journey, she came to find and lose a lot of things. Family, friendships, her sense of self, her abilities, and so much more.
I absolutely loved this series! What I loved most of all was the tone of these books. Darkness mixed with magic, strength mixed with fear, warmth mixed with cold – there was just so much that these books have to offer! If you love fantasy and folklore, this series is a MUST READ!
Until next time, happy reading!