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Viccie

The Bear and the Nightingale

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I chanced on this description on Amazon
In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church.

But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods..
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and knowing that it's just the sort of thing my daughter loves got for her as a Christmas stocking present. She adored it (she's well grown up) and passed it on to me and I have to say I loved it too. it's not wildly original, there's nothing stupendous about the writing and I'm sure someone who knows Russia and its folk tales would pick a lot of holes but it's one of those books that throws a spell.

 

I hate reccommendations thgat go, 'If you liked...' but honestly, in this case,  I can't help saying that I think anyone who loved The Night Circus (which I did) is really going to enjoy this too.

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Not surprisingly, given how much our tastes overlap, I loved The Night Circus, too.  Going to order it now.

 

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Viccie, did you know it's the first book in a Triology called "Winternight Trilogy."  You've got Christmas covered for several years if your daughter is a patient reader.  Which I am not.  I'm not really a patient anything.

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I'm most of the way through this and loving it.  Very happy that it's part of a trilogy.

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Several times in this book, someone has referred to something being "East of the Sun, West of the Moon."  That was a book we had in our home as a child (and I think I have it in the box of items from my mother's townhome).  I remembered that it was a fairy tale with magical elements, so went and looked it up online.  It's a folk story from Norway and there are a lot of similarities to this story.  

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I had a poster of East of the Sun, West of the Moon when I was 16. I can't remember much about the book now but I loved it then?

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So did I.  Beautiful illustrations.  You should read the wikipedia article about it--there's a lot that's in common with this book, but different, too.

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I really enjoyed reading The Bear and the Nightingale. The second book (The Girl In The Tower)  in the trilogy was even better IIMHO. I am anxiously awaiting for the third book (The Winter of the Witch) which is supposed to be released in Jan - 2019. I think Arden did a good job with her first books.

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I read it, too, and think it was just as good, which is saying a lot for the middle of a series, which often sags a bit.  Have pre-ordered the third book.  Love when those just appear on my tablet, like magic!

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I'm intrigued about this trilogy now, I've heard a lot about the first book (didn't know it was a trilogy) and loved The Night Circus so will get the first two books.

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