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The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
Narrator: Kathleen Gati
Series: Winternight Trilogy #3
Published by Random House Audio, Penguin Audio, Del Rey Books on January 8, 2019
Length: 13 hours, 2 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
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The Winternight Trilogy introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse.
Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.
I was excited and terrified to see what would happen to Vasya next. In The Girl and the Tower, we see her decide to make her own way in the world, not wanting to be locked in to the traditional female role of a wife or nun. She learns a lot and enjoys her varied and widened view of the world.
Unfortunately, the world is not ready for her. There are always people who hate anyone different or things they don’t understand. She finds she has much more to learn. And there are always greedy men who want power and control. War comes to Russia. Vasya struggles, working incredibly hard to help Russia and the magical world to succeed and live together. It is a viscous, bloody, brutal battle, where not everyone survives. Vasya also has to deal with politics, egos and misinformation which are somewhat new concepts. Even with her mistakes, and everyone makes mistakes, I am proud of Vasya’s courage, determination and selfless commitments.
“I missed you so,” she said to the horse, hot tears sliding into his black mane.
I am sure of it, said Solovey, nosing her. He shook his mane looking superior. But I am here now. You are the warden of the lake now? It has not had a mistress for a long time. I am glad it is you. But you should have had me. You would have done it all a great deal better if I’d been there.
“I am sure of it,” said Vasya, and she made a broken sound that was almost a laugh.
Here’s an interview of the author at Unbound Worlds talking about writing and finishing this Winternight Trilogy. I’ve listened to all three on audio and loved them all. Arden does an amazing job of creating this fantastical world. Highly recommended.
Kathleen Gati continues to impress me with her magical performance of this tale. Both the male and female voices were comfortable. Her voice gives a slight accent which feels like a hint of the era and region. It was all clear and easy to understand, even at 1.5x speed.
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