- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (12 Jan. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 178503104X
- ISBN-13: 978-1785031045
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.1 x 22.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Bear and The Nightingale Hardcover – 12 Jan 2017
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"beautiful literary fairytale...incredibly lyrical prose...a joy to read. Arden opens her imagination wide and succeeds in transporting the reader to an evocative world...with a heroine it's impossible not to love..." (The Stylist)
[A]n enchanting wintertime read... fierce and otherworldly[.] (Psychologies Magazine)
"Wonderfully inventive" (Heat Magazine)
"Arden’s debut novel has the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale but is darker and more lyrical. The novel is deceptively simple, but its characters and plot are sophisticated and complex. Arden explores what happens when fear and ignorance whip people into a furore, and how society can be persuaded to act against its own interests so easily. It’s a rather apt tale for our times." (Washington Post)
"An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale. A Russian setting adds a unfamiliar spice to the story of a young woman who does not rebel against the limits of her role in her culture so much as transcend them. A wonderfully layered novel of family roles and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic." (Robin Hobb)
"A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up." (Naomi Novik)
"Haunting and lyrical, The Bear and the Nightingale tugs at the heart and quickens the pulse. I can’t wait for her next book." (Terry Brooks)
"A thrilling tale...perfect..." (Emerald Street)
"A beautiful snowy Russian fable set at the border between myth and reality; a cast of demons, priests and royalty centre around a girl fighting to find her own path. Magical, thrilling and entrancing." (Anna James)
"...so detailed and vivid you can practically feel the chill numbing your fingers. Beautifully written and richly textured, it’s a beguiling read." (SFX Magazine)
"Arden’s debut is an earthy, beautifully written love letter to Russian folklore, with an irresistible heroine ... [an] exciting fairy tale that will enchant readers from the first page" (Publisher's Weekly)
"Enthralling and enchanting – I literally couldn’t put it down. A wondrous book!" (Tamora Pierce bestselling author of the Song of the Lionness Quartet)
"The Bear and the Nightingale is a marvelous trip into an ancient Russia where magic is a part of everyday life" (Todd McCaffrey author of The Dragon Books)
"beautifully wrought fairytale for adults..." (Writing Magazine)
"Fairy tale lovers, if you’re going to read one fantasy book this winter, let this be it.... beautiful debut" (www.bookish.com)
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Top Customer Reviews
I have to say I was hooked from the get go. The writing is hauntingly beautiful and so descriptive. Remember how as a child fairly tales would give you the tingles and make you feel as if you had been touched by magic? Well, all of those memories, and all the spine tingling magic I felt as a child, were brought back while reading this book. With the descriptions of the snowy cold forests, this would be a great book to read in winter, while curled up with a hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire.
The story is based around a girl called Vasilisa or Vasya, the youngest in a line of Boyar's - a minor member of the old Russian aristocracy. Her grandmother was a mysterious girl, who one day emerged out of the forest on the back of a horse and in through the Kremlin gates, but from where she came exactly, no one knew.
Rumours were whispered that she held strange powers. Vasya, is a girl who is different to other children, and her mother, Marina, may also have held more powers than anyone thought.Read more ›
When I was a child I had a book of traditional Russian fairy and folk tales, which I adored and read repeatedly from cover to cover, with the characters’ names being as familiar as everyday objects; so when this book was offered to me I didn’t hesitate for one second to request it.Read more ›
As soon as a zealous priest is brought into the village to replace the old one, so the battle begins for the souls of the villagers and Vasya is seen as a witch.
This is a wonderful book full of excitement, adventure, vivid descriptions of changing seasons, colourful characters, rich folklore involving good vs evil spirits. The writing is assured and compelling and this will be a big seller in 2017.
Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been a sucker for Russian literature for many years now, and so this extended fable was right up my alley. Arden's characters are well-drawn, compelling, and broken. Read morePublished 13 days ago by ABShaef
DNF at 30%
I feel incredibly guilty that my first read of 2017 ended up being one I won't be finishing, even more so because I was provided an e-copy of it for... Read more
The Bear and The Nightingale is a decent debut novel from Katherine Arden, whose imagination and inspiration clearly stems from classic Russian mythology and fairy tales. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan
There is something about stories based upon Russian fairy tales that so appeals. Some authors, as Eowyn Ivey did with her divine The Snow Child translated them to another time and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Annabel Gaskell
This book captured my heart and imagination and I struggled to put it down. I was devastated when I came to the end and the wait for the next in the series will feel like a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. Rebecca Roberts
Thanks to NetGalley and to Random House UK/Ebury Publishing for providing me with an ARC copy of this book that I voluntarily choose to review. Read morePublished 2 months ago by OlgaNM
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Random House UK, Ebury Publishing and NetGalley*
Vasya is a wild, young girl... Read more