Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, KPL Reference Librarian
Rating: 5 stars
The final book in the Winternight Trilogy that began with The Bear and the Nightingale. A moving and imaginative series that tells the tale of Vasya, an unusually spirited girl in the Russian wilderness that finds herself as a pawn in a battle between figures in folklore and organized religion that denies their existence. Vasya's strange friendship with the Frost King, Morozko, puts a spotlight on inherited abilities that causes her village to fear her. Will she be able to save her family and her country from the forces that seek to destroy them?
Normally I do not review the final books in a trilogy but I had to make an exception in this case. The whole trilogy is lush and lyrical, like a modern fairy tale. Reading it reminded me why
I first fell in love with literature. The Winter of the Witch was a wonderful ending to an unbelievably poignant and heart-wrenching series filled with adventure, self-discovery, and love in all forms. I cried at the beginning of the book and I cried at its ending; not because it was a sad ending but because I was so moved by the story. If you are looking for an epic adventure perfectly suited to these cold winter nights, I highly recommend this series.