The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)

3 stars


It took me so long to finish this book. I am feeling pretty bad that I did not love this book. I had soo many of you recommend this to me. I know that it’s loved and it was interesting but I just did not love it. I don’t know if I’m not in the right mindset or what. I just felt like I missed something because I don’t know if I read the same book as everyone else.

I really thought the detail was beautifully done. The writing was really something I enjoyed, even if I found myself lost at times. I could imagine this world come alive and I enjoyed that.

Vasya was pretty amazing. She was definitely my favorite part of this book. She has been through so much. It kind of reminded me of Cinderella, when her step-mother comes into the picture. This girl just doesn’t give up and follows her beliefs, unto the very end.

I did find myself a bit lost in this book. It was a slow read for me and I still don’t think I got a lot of it. I don’t know if it was just too confusing or I was just missing things. I feel like there was a lack in development. I still am not sure what is really going on in this magical world. I think I would have liked more concrete answers and a faster pace.

The last 30% of the book is what saved it for me. Things really started happening and some things did come to light. I’m still not quite sure on what exactly is going on. I’m a bit intrigued to continue the story but I don’t know that I will pick it up anytime soon.

I haven’t had the best reading luck lately. Although, that could possibly be the fact that my mindset is all crazy, with what’s going on in my personal life. I’m glad I read this one but I am so sad that I did not love it.


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7 thoughts on “The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

  1. Great review! I felt pretty much the same way. It was a slow read and I didn’t really know what was going on. I didn’t know if it was the book or that it took me so long to read it, but I just couldn’t get into it. But I still loved Vasya, she was super awesome!

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