'Frost-demons have no interest in mortal girls wed to mortal men. In the stories, they only come for the wild maiden.'
In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church.
But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods...
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"beautiful literary fairytale...incredibly lyrical prose...a joy to read. Arden opens her imagination wide and succeeds in transporting the reader to an evocative world...with a heroine it's impossible not to love..." * Stylist * "[A]n enchanting wintertime read... fierce and otherworldly[.]" * Psychologies Magazine * "Wonderfully inventive" * Heat Magazine * "Arden's debut novel has the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale but is darker and more lyrical. The novel is deceptively simple, but its characters and plot are sophisticated and complex. Arden explores what happens when fear and ignorance whip people into a furore, and how society can be persuaded to act against its own interests so easily. It's a rather apt tale for our times." * Washington Post * "An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale. A Russian setting adds a 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. A wonderfully layered novel of family roles and the harsh wonders of deep winter magic." -- Robin Hobb "A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up." -- Naomi Novik "Haunting and lyrical, The Bear and the Nightingale tugs at the heart and quickens the pulse. I can't wait for her next book." -- Terry Brooks "A thrilling tale...perfect..." * Emerald Street * "A beautiful snowy Russian fable set at the border between myth and reality; a cast of demons, priests and royalty centre around a girl fighting to find her own path. Magical, thrilling and entrancing." * Anna James * "...so detailed and vivid you can practically feel the chill numbing your fingers. Beautifully written and richly textured, it's a beguiling read." * SFX Magazine * "Arden's debut is an earthy, beautifully written love letter to Russian folklore, with an irresistible heroine ... [an] exciting fairy tale that will enchant readers from the first page" * Publisher's Weekly * "Enthralling and enchanting - I literally couldn't put it down. A wondrous book!" -- Tamora Pierce * bestselling author of the Song of the Lionness Quartet * "The Bear and the Nightingale is a marvelous trip into an ancient Russia where magic is a part of everyday life" -- Todd McCaffrey * author of The Dragon Books * "beautifully wrought fairytale for adults..." * Writing Magazine * "Fairy tale lovers, if you're going to read one fantasy book this winter, let this be it.... beautiful debut" * www.bookish.com *
Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent her junior year of high school in Rennes, France. Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrolment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature. After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crepes to serving as a personal tour guide. After a year on the island, she moved to Briancon, France, and spent nine months teaching. She then returned to Maui, stayed for nearly a year, then left again to wander. Currently she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know. She is the author of The Bear and the Nightingale.