The Winter of the Witch

Author: Katherine Arden

Verdict: Good (3.5/5)

Last book of Winternight Trilogy ( The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower and he Winter of the Witch)

The Winter of the Witch was my first read of the year 2019 and it was a bittersweet experience. I loved Bear and Nightingale and somewhat liked The Girl in the Tower. This one was amazing till the midpoint and then I felt it dragged on a little.

This series was a sweet reminder of my childhood when I read loads of Russian fairy-tales which I bought from the low price Vostok book stall of the Calcutta Book-Fair. All the characters and all the references of the mysteries of those tales are present in these three books but the last part where history of Russia prevailed. Consequently, I loved the mystic first half of the book, however the war did not interest me and it felt out of place at time.

What I wanted to have was, little more of the romance between Vasya and Winter-king, which was painfully little. The bromance between the priest and the bear was at time taking the complexity of the Mistborn Trilogy but it failed to reach the menace it could have created. Which was both a shame and relieving :D .

All I felt that the book was building up nicely with lots of emotions and just the right amount of magic, but too many incidents finally diluted the ending as I kept wandering when will it end. In the final note the writer said that she wanted to finish the book with this particular war due to its historic significance, however it was lost on me.

All and all a good read, my romantic side just wanted to have a little bit more of winter-king and Vasya together, which felt like magic :) .

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