The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3)
In the stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, following The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya returns to save Russia and the spirit realm, battling enemies both mortal and magic.

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3) Details

TitleThe Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 9th, 2019
PublisherDel Rey
Rating
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3) Review

  • kath | novelandfolk
    January 1, 1970
    You know that feeling when you find a book that speaks to some deep part of your soul and you just want to shout: ‘THIS is why I read!’?This folkloric trilogy has become that for me, reminding me of all the reasons why I love literature. It’s no secret that I loved the first two books in this deep-winter tale with the burning fire of a thousand suns. So you can imagine how much I needed this book in my hands, and also how stressful a thing it is to embark into the last instalment of a beloved se You know that feeling when you find a book that speaks to some deep part of your soul and you just want to shout: ‘THIS is why I read!’?This folkloric trilogy has become that for me, reminding me of all the reasons why I love literature. It’s no secret that I loved the first two books in this deep-winter tale with the burning fire of a thousand suns. So you can imagine how much I needed this book in my hands, and also how stressful a thing it is to embark into the last instalment of a beloved series. The final book can make or break your opinion of the story as a whole. I don’t mean to sound jaded but I’ve been let down by too many last books.But I am thrilled to say that not only was it a most satisfying conclusion, but it exceeded all of my hopes. It was utter perfection from the first page until the last and I may go so far as to say it could be the strongest book of the three.Just as with The Girl in the Tower, we pick up where the previous story ended and right out of the gate we are put through some very harrowing scenes. Goodness, they put me through a lot of anxiety. The stakes are so much higher this time around and from those first moments onward I could not look away - the story barrels onward at a relentless pace. And now we finally see the full scope that Arden intended. The culmination of everything she was building towards in the perfectly paced slow burn of The Bear and the Nightingale, and the riotous action of The Girl in the Tower. It feels seamless how it has all come together and I’m just so giddy with delight.Our girl, Vasya, is no longer a just a plucky, naive child. From the ashes of the Moscow fire she has risen into a woman with incredible new strength in more ways than one. But of course she remains wonderfully flawed - her character has even more dimension than ever. Arden has shown how much she really knows her characters because they have truly carried this story and made it heart-wrenching in all the best ways. She can make you feel for even the most minor supporting characters with just a few lines. I think Studio Ghibli fans will appreciate the whimsical details in this one. Think magical midnight roads, loveable forest spirits (hello new favourite sidekick character), man-beasts, but written for grownups. And yet this tale will bring out the childlike wonder in even the most grown up of grownups. It’s delightfully subversive too- it upends the age old tropes of princes winning maidens, of monsters being slain. So many mischievous plot twists I did NOT expect.I was also not prepared at all for the range of emotions Arden would put me through. I am still filled to the brim with them. Good lord, this book broke me, then slowly pieced me back together until I whooped with triumphant glee at the very end. And there is a certain PART that made me all asdkjfkslsjfks. You’ll know it when you get there. Just you wait.As much as I’m dying to discuss the finer details, I really can’t spoil the fun. I know - I KNOW - we’re all waiting to hear if a certain Winter King makes his appearance. All I can say is the scent of cold water and pine will forever make me swoon. I gave this book a big, loving, emotionally exhausted hug when it was over. The ending was perfect and that is a rare thing so it probably shouldn’t be tampered with. BUT. I love these characters so damn much, my heart is crying for more more more of their adventures.And that’s it. I can now wholeheartedly say: this, this is my favourite series of all time. If I could persuade you to read one thing, let this be it. You may just love it as much as I do.Thank you to Katherine Arden for gifting me an early copy. <3This review was originally posted at www.sheturnspages.com and is copywritten.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC given to me by my amazingly kind friend, who I don't deserve, but who has made my entire year - Lilly at Lair of Books!1.) The Bear and the Nightingale ★★★★★2.) The Girl in the Tower ★★★★★❄🔥 Preorder your copy of Winter of the Witch and submit your proof of purchase by January 7th to receive a signed bookplate from Katherine Arden HERE! (US only, I'm sorry)Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch
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  • Miranda Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Seriously, why isn't this book out??? I don't think I can wait much longer. This books needs to be published.
  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    The cover is glorious in all its perfection!————————Ah yes, I need more of my Frost Demon!!!!
  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    5-19-18: The publisher pushed the release date back to 2019... my...precious! :(-----------------------------------------------I want this book like Gollum wants the One Ring.
  • Roshani Chokshi
    January 1, 1970
    Gosh, I love this trilogy. It's seriously one of my all time favorites and it 100% takes you somewhere else...to a winter-steeped land, where the frost grows like flowers, and it's cold but you're full of warmth. Arden has created something lyrical, epic, full of midnight roads, sly-eyed demons, exquisite romance and characters so colorful & vivid they appear myth-hued. This trilogy is joining my seasonal reread favorites along with UPROOTED by Naomi Novik and WILDWOOD DANCING by Juliette Ma Gosh, I love this trilogy. It's seriously one of my all time favorites and it 100% takes you somewhere else...to a winter-steeped land, where the frost grows like flowers, and it's cold but you're full of warmth. Arden has created something lyrical, epic, full of midnight roads, sly-eyed demons, exquisite romance and characters so colorful & vivid they appear myth-hued. This trilogy is joining my seasonal reread favorites along with UPROOTED by Naomi Novik and WILDWOOD DANCING by Juliette Marillier.
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  • 'Cila
    January 1, 1970
    I’m just going to go ahead and give this a five star. I highly doubt I’ll change the rating once I read it. That being said, waiting another 8 months for this is torturous, but if 2018 goes by as quickly as 2017 has, it’ll come sooner than expected. 🎊🎉🎊
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  • Nastassja
    January 1, 1970
    Update: We have a cover and it is so beautiful!❤ Speculations: Firebird on the cover means Vasya will hunt the magical creature? Or is it a symbol of Vasya's rebirth as a more older and stronger version of herself?
  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    SO CLOSE TO MY BIRTHDAY? HOW KIND YOU ARE!
  • Femke (booksfemme)
    January 1, 1970
    I am left completely and utterly speechless. Never have I encountered an author that has such a beautiful way with words as Katherine Arden. It feels bittersweet to finish this trilogy, for I'd rather not ever have it end, but what a fitting ending have you given us, Katherine. Thank you.
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  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    January 1, 1970
    YES! I finally got the ARC of this last book in this trilogy (which began with The Bear and the Nightingale)!! Now can I keep my hands off it for a couple of weeks while I read a few other books in my urgent TBR pile? We'll see ...
  • chandler ainsley ❁
    January 1, 1970
    if you cross your eyes & squint this cover kind of looks like butt cheeks
  • Quirkybookworm
    January 1, 1970
    YES! I got my early Christmas gift this year. Almost a week ago, this book was up for request. I got excited because this book has been a long awaited novel since I read The Girl in the Tower in December 2017. 5 days later, I came home from work to an email telling me the publisher has approved my request. You betcha that I was just like that 8 year old girl who just opened the best present on a Christmas morning! Made myself a cup of salted caramel hot chocolate, put on my PJs, turned off my ph YES! I got my early Christmas gift this year. Almost a week ago, this book was up for request. I got excited because this book has been a long awaited novel since I read The Girl in the Tower in December 2017. 5 days later, I came home from work to an email telling me the publisher has approved my request. You betcha that I was just like that 8 year old girl who just opened the best present on a Christmas morning! Made myself a cup of salted caramel hot chocolate, put on my PJs, turned off my phone, climbed into my wonderful bed with my dog Ewok, and my cat, Luna, and started reading.Wow! What an amazing breathtaking finale! I needed a day to stop reeling from all the aftermath of this beautiful folklore before I could write this review. Sadly, I needed to step out of the book affter saying goodbye to my favorite characters.Like the synopsis stated, stunning conclusion. It did not lie! It was gut wrenching, anger, sorrow, relief, freezing cold, tired, self discovery, betrayal, love(not the sappy kind, mind you!) evilness, blood and gore, goodness, neutral, new and old friends, family, leap of faith, religion, and cult. They all wrap into this fairytale, folklore, myths, and history.Katherine Arden has done it again. She did not fail with this third book in this Winternight Trilogy. In fact, it just may be the best book of the 3 books in this trilogy! Ms. Arden has improved with her story telling gift. She is extremely talented with words and lyrics. While I'm inside the story, I can almost hear her telling the Russian Folklore in the background. The story picks up immdiately at the ending of the novel, The Girl in the Tower. I was able to remember the characters from both of the books. This story was packed with mythical creatures, evil priest, mob, magic, evil, good, grief, madness, action, battle. The heroine was growing into her own powers and discovering her self while discovering her love for the "winter king". She really became one bad assed chick. The romance was hardly there but the love grew mostly out of admiration and respect which grew stronger. She learns more of her magical ancestry and her self worth despite of the powers she has. Bear, the evil twin brother of Winter King(many names for winter king) comes back and she has to use her wits, powers, and forgiveness against him. Ironcally, they ended up working together on the same team with her brother, brother in law and other prince in the battle. I had to admire Vasya so much because her background was so deeply rooted to gods, and old beliefs to the point where she had to question herself with her beliefs and the religion her brother, Sasha believes in. She basically questioned everything. By opening her eyes and beliefs, she became a bridge between the old world and the new world. There's so much in this story. Ms. Arden wrapped all of the pieces together as should be in this conclusion. There were new understanding, new bonds, consequences and etc. This is a wonderful, magical world of winter with midnights, mythical creatures, spells, and fairytale weaved with myths and history. I was very spelled bound with all of the trilogy and Katherine Arden did not disappoint me one bit at all. It was so well worth the wait. When the hardcover comes out, I will most definately purchase it to add it to my other two books, The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower. This trilogy will be among my favorite series of all time.I received this beautiful magical ARC from Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine Del Ray through Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. Thank you so much!
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  • Ann Fernandez
    January 1, 1970
    I need this book as much as I need air tbh, and if Morozko's stuff isn't resolved then I'm revolting.
  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I dare anyone who reads this not to give it five stars, honestly. It is so stunning and beautiful and evocative. This series is genuinely the best. It’s so atmospheric and well written. I love everything about how these books played out. Vasya is so brave and headstrong and determined - I do not envy Morozko or Medved!! 😂 she is a force to be recognised - as we see on her first journey into Midnight. This book really does I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I dare anyone who reads this not to give it five stars, honestly. It is so stunning and beautiful and evocative. This series is genuinely the best. It’s so atmospheric and well written. I love everything about how these books played out. Vasya is so brave and headstrong and determined - I do not envy Morozko or Medved!! 😂 she is a force to be recognised - as we see on her first journey into Midnight. This book really does feel like a fitting end to the trilogy and ties up things from the first book I didn’t even realise I wanted to be sorted. I love how it ends with hope and so much promise for what’s ahead - the characters have their whole lives ahead of them, and adventure and fun, and that really comes through. But at the same time you also get a sense of real closure and finish. This is the end of the saga, but it doesn’t make it seem like they have nothing else to do, it leaves you wanting more while realising that this is the perfect way to end it. Bits of the book did have me in epic sobbing fits - both happy and sad. I will never get over the first one! And even with that Arden plays it with balance and keeps the book moving. Grief or happiness take place while other things happen, as that’s how life happens. I loved that. We finally get some of the scenes I was craving too - but mostly it’s about Vasya being the most badass girl in the world and bringing both men and demons to their knees in her wake. Long may she reign. 💙💙💙
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  • Sh3llraiser
    January 1, 1970
    I just noticed the cover for this. Wow. Stunning. *stares dazedly*The Bear and the Nightingale: ★★★★★
  • Giovanna
    January 1, 1970
    Edit: why was this pushed back to January .____. I mean, okay it’s a winter read and it is still just a year from book 2 but I was under the illusion that I would get it in like 3 months at this point. wow the cover is *-*
  • Lilly (Lair Of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    OBSESSED with this trilogy! although the wait is long, I couldn't imagine a better release season than Winter. All of Arden's books are like a cozy blanket on a cold Winter day *smiles* super stoked for The Winter of the Witch!!!! :)
  • Bright Star
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review The Winter of the Witch was the final book in the Winternight Trilogy and it was such a great conclusion! I don't want to spoil anything, but I can tell you I loved it and I already miss all the characters! There is only one thing that left me not completely satisfied and it was the ending. It's like there wasn't a full closure and some things were left unsaid. Maybe there could be another book or novella in the futu 4.5 stars I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review The Winter of the Witch was the final book in the Winternight Trilogy and it was such a great conclusion! I don't want to spoil anything, but I can tell you I loved it and I already miss all the characters! There is only one thing that left me not completely satisfied and it was the ending. It's like there wasn't a full closure and some things were left unsaid. Maybe there could be another book or novella in the future? Who knows, but I really hope so. Nonetheless, it was a fantastic trilogy (the second book will always be my fave) and if you love strong characters, beautiful settings and lyrical writing style... well, I think this series is for you.
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    THANK YOU to PRH and my boss for fighting hard for an ARC for me.Listen. As readers, I'm sure you all struggle alongside me with finding new favorite reads. After years and years of reading, it's hard to find new ones that match up--and especially when it comes to wrapping up a trilogy. I was so stressed going into this book, because I friggin' LOVED the first two books. Fear not, for I'm happy to say-- THIS SERIES IS MY NEW FAVORITE SERIES. Hands down. That's it. That's the end. I'm emotionally THANK YOU to PRH and my boss for fighting hard for an ARC for me.Listen. As readers, I'm sure you all struggle alongside me with finding new favorite reads. After years and years of reading, it's hard to find new ones that match up--and especially when it comes to wrapping up a trilogy. I was so stressed going into this book, because I friggin' LOVED the first two books. Fear not, for I'm happy to say-- THIS SERIES IS MY NEW FAVORITE SERIES. Hands down. That's it. That's the end. I'm emotionally spent, enormously satisfied, and thrilled beyond belief for the release of this book.Of course I won't spoil anything, but Winter of the Witch, like its predecessor, begins right after the events of the previous book. Arden does us a service and trusts us to know and remember the story (though I did have to page through books one and two to remind myself on a few things...hem. Rereads might help). We follow our favorite girl, Vasya, as she deals with the repercussions of Moscow in the wake of the fire. We meet new characters (one I literally shrieked upon seeing; in this trilogy of Russian folklore I have been waiting anxiously to see this specific myth), pay homage to others, and travel along with the rest. Vasya is the bomb and if you're seeking a perfectly flawed, badass female lead, look no further. There's a scene, a scene, and I'm still recovering from turning into a pile of goo. You'll know it when you get there. I gasped, cried, giggled, stressed, and smiled from ear to ear. Favorite MC, favorite grumpy love interest, favorite family, favorite chaotic antagonist. Always lyrical, atmospheric, emotional, and character-driven, this book has blown me away, just like its companions have. I will read whatever Arden produces next, though I wouldn't mind following my beloved children around for a few more books....;)
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  • Gabrielle Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    There are, truly, no words. It's been hours since I finished, and I'm still breathless with wonder and joy and sadness and gratitude, so much gratitude, that this trilogy exists, and that I was lucky enough to have found it.I was also lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of the final book from Katherine Arden, and honestly, I was terrified. But once it was in my hands, there was no stopping myself from reading. And, god, it was everything, everything I'd hoped for. I won't say anything about There are, truly, no words. It's been hours since I finished, and I'm still breathless with wonder and joy and sadness and gratitude, so much gratitude, that this trilogy exists, and that I was lucky enough to have found it.I was also lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of the final book from Katherine Arden, and honestly, I was terrified. But once it was in my hands, there was no stopping myself from reading. And, god, it was everything, everything I'd hoped for. I won't say anything about it - to say a single word would be to take away from the magic of it.But I will say this, about the trilogy as a whole:In all my life, I don't think a book or series of books has ever touched me quite as deeply as the Winternight trilogy did. I wish I knew how to explain it, wish I could express adequately how incredible it was to be so drawn in, so inspired by these books. I wish I had the right words to convey how beautiful the story is, and how much it meant to me even before I understood all the nuances, all the richness of the lore and people and culture that inspired it. There is so much beauty in these pages, and so much magic.Vasya will live in my heart for a long, long time.
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  • Sheila {ShesGoingBookCrazy.com}
    January 1, 1970
    *Review for book 1 in series: The Bear and the Nightingale*Review for book 2 in series: The Girl in the Tower
  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    An absolutely amazing ending to an absolutely superb trilogy that I have inhaled over the last few weeks, living every moment with Vasya and the rest, every moment an unequivocal joy to read.The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl In The Tower and now The Winter of the Witch, all stunning in their complexity, a gorgeous blend of history, myth and magic in the Russia of old. Vasya is a girl of and beyond her time, a true heroine and a reluctant arbiter. Sitting at the nerve centre of a dynamic cas An absolutely amazing ending to an absolutely superb trilogy that I have inhaled over the last few weeks, living every moment with Vasya and the rest, every moment an unequivocal joy to read.The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl In The Tower and now The Winter of the Witch, all stunning in their complexity, a gorgeous blend of history, myth and magic in the Russia of old. Vasya is a girl of and beyond her time, a true heroine and a reluctant arbiter. Sitting at the nerve centre of a dynamic cast, the Winternight trilogy is a modern day fairytale in a classically historic setting and with both descriptive beauty and intricate plotting, is hands down one of the best trilogies I have ever read.Bravo! Now I am bereft. Simply wonderful. HighlyRecommended.
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    The uk covers SLAY once again. Especially for this series, whose covers are made of the same stuff dreams are.
  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    The third installment of the Winternight Trilogy is just as powerful as the first. Vasya has grown from the timid little girl who takes care of the old mythical beings, talks to horses and fall in love with the magic of the forest to a formidable warrior woman and witch.She has taken on the task of unifying Russia and trying to have a world where the old faith and new religion can coexist. First, she must help save Moscow, her family and make her way back to her beloved Winter King who will risk The third installment of the Winternight Trilogy is just as powerful as the first. Vasya has grown from the timid little girl who takes care of the old mythical beings, talks to horses and fall in love with the magic of the forest to a formidable warrior woman and witch.She has taken on the task of unifying Russia and trying to have a world where the old faith and new religion can coexist. First, she must help save Moscow, her family and make her way back to her beloved Winter King who will risk all to save her. The twin spirits of the Winter King and the Bear are magical and yet act as men and Katherine Arden has a gift of getting her readers to not only care about the warring humans but also the mythical spirits of old and creatures from fairy tales. This is one of the finest blends of fairy tale and history out there and will appeal to any reader from fantasy lover to the Russian classics. I hate to see this series end - magical as the first snow and memorable as a first kiss. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    Even better than the first two books. I loved it! Full review to follow.
  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    exclusive: it’s too much even for me
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    If my favorite ice demon's conflict isn't resolved, I'm dropping this review down to one star.Just kidding. I'll just cry. A lot.
  • Cendaquenta
    January 1, 1970
    *has just seen the UK cover*😱😍🤤so... pretty...
  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    OMG soooooo far away!!! I will attempt to wait patiently.....
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