The Bear and the Nightingale

The Bear and the NightingaleThe Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



What in the world did I just read? I loved it. It made my heart ache. I couldn't put it down. I want to know what happens next. Please Katherine Arden, tell me what happens next.

This is a Russian style fairytale that threw me into a world of folklore that I know little about but have now fallen in love with thanks to this book.


I saw that this book was compared to the likes of Uprooted which had rave reviews but did little for my palette. THIS however, blew Uprooted out of the water.

The only thing that made me a little sad was the overall perception of God. For anyone reading this who does adhere to faith, you may feel his representation was inaccurate and as a result a little heartbroken at the conclusion being drawn about God and the church. (view spoiler)

It's a very thoughtful provoking perception on religion, the demonic realms, witchcraft and perhap even more intriguing to me, what those things actually represent versus how they were used as tools in the story. Notedly absent was a true force opposing the demonic. Instead a larger portion of goodness lay inside of our heroine. It was as if there were only variants of evil in battle for power and that the only hope was to choose the least selfish. If that is true in the world, it leaves one feeling dark and a little hopeless.

But there is no doubt this book is a gem when it comes to story telling. I love the dramatic arc of the story, the wildly wonderful characters, that fact that our heroine has relatable yet seemingly insurmountable odds against her when put in context of her story.

Read this book. My second favorite of 2016. Thank to NetGalley for this ARC. So very good!

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