You Will Not Stop Reading: Winternight Trilogy

These fairy tales will hook you from the first sentence, and make you a believer.

When the author of the Winternight Trilogy spent years living in Russia and France, learning the strange, dark folk tales, I don't know if she planned to put those tales down in books. But I'm glad she did.

The Bear and the NightingaleKatherine Arden wrote three tales, published by Penguin-Random House, that have me spellbound from the first paragraph. In The Bear And The Nightingale we are brought into a cold little cottage somewhere in Siberia, where a starving family sits around a warm clay oven and listens to an old woman tell a tale...

The beauty of Arden's prose is the kind that first made me love literature as a teenager and turned me into a lifelong reader. It is mature, never a wasted word or sentence. Everything builds an aspect of storytelling. This is the literature that speaks to the soul.

The trilogy is made up of The Bear And The Nightingale, The Girl In The Tower, and Winter of The Witch. The stories follow a young girl in 14th Century Russia, who receives a spiritual gift--She can see the spirit creatures dwelling all around her village. This brings her into conflict with the Orthodox Church, which labels her a witch.

Over 150,000 people have rated the books on Goodreads, with an average rating better than 4 stars. Here are some review snippets:

Russian fairy tales are scary! It's been a while since I read one, and I had forgotten. Grimm's got nothing on Russia.

This is the perfect book to read in the middle of winter.

This is the sort of book that sweeps you on a journey.

Words cannot describe how much I cherish this book. The characters were described so well and the story was absolutely fantastic and so magical.

If you are--or if you know--a young or old reader, who loves literature, folk tales, and storytelling that speaks to the soul, this might be the book for you.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine ArdenThe Girl in the Tower by Katherine ArdenThe Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden