The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.
Praise for The Bear and the Nightingale
“A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.”—Naomi Novik
“An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale . . . A Russian setting adds 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.”—Robin Hobb
December 5, 2017  |  384 pages
(Rated on Dec 31, 2017)
Grade: B    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 80% Entertainment, 20% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Low High
Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
Low High
This 2nd book of the trilogy, free of the need to build a world of harsh winters and old Russian folk stories, is able to tell a faster-moving story while continuing to build on the character of Vasilisa. Driven out of her homeland, Vasya becomes a traveller with nothing but self-confidence and her loyal stallion as protection. Vasya disguises herself as a young man but trouble is never far behind - startling revelations and difficult choices await.  (+1 vote)