A spellbinding fairytale full of magic and wonder, perfect for fans of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden has always had a taste for
wandering. She spent her junior year of high school in Rennes,
Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrolment for a year in order to live and study in Russia. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature, and her studies included sojourns at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow.
After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii and worked every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and guiding horse tours to serving as a personal tour guide. During this time she wrote what became her debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale. After a year on the island, she moved to Brian on, France, and spent nine months teaching. She then returned to Maui, where she began writing The Girl in the Tower, the sequel to her debut, and officially launched her career as an author. Currently she lives in Vermont.
She is the author of the Winternight Trilogy for adults and the Small Spaces Quartet for children.
With its beautiful storytelling and fiercely independent heroine
fighting to be in charge of her own story, Katherine Arden's series
finally fills a gap long left empty by Philip Pullman's His Dark
Materials. Full of snowy Russian legends come to life, the lights
and political intrigue of medieval Moscow, beautiful princes and
monks with swords, Arden's writing is striking in its loveliness
and impressive in its storytelling instincts.
A captivating folktale-inspired adventure laden in mystery, magic and myth, it's the story of Vasya, one of the punchiest heroines I've encountered this year
This is a sumptuous and beautiful literary fairytale taking inspiration from Russian myths and fairytales, about a woman challenging expected gender norms in her world.
A stunning sequel to the darkly magical The Bear and the Nightingale. The fierce, free-spirited heroine of this fabulous fable, Vasya, rejects the usual choices of marriage or the convent and, following accusations of witchcraft, flees her small village of Lesnaya Zemlya in northernmost Russia with the intention of seeing the world. Entirely enthralling
An enthralling sequel...this twist on a classic fairytale overflows with rich language. The perfect wintry read. 5 Stars