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
(Read from Oct 10, 2018 to Oct 15, 2018)
Grade: 5/5    (switch to letter scale)
L/E Ratio: 100% Entertainment, 0% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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Another beautiful tale that draws heavily on the events in the first book while still being its own story. Vasya has grown up and is more in charge of her own destiny, and so continues to make choices that defy expectations. I enjoyed getting to know her and the Frost King better, and thought this book was very well written.