Hello everyone! I got this book from our local library and it’s listed as a fantasy. However, I think it’s more dark fairy tale than fantasy. Oh well. Fairy tale? Fantasy? I’m good with either, but it is dark. This story seemed to be getting a LOT of attention on the internet. I tossed it around in my mind ~ should I read it??? Mmmm. Maybe not??? I finally ordered it. There is a waiting list at the library.
I can’t say I liked the book and I can’t say I didn’t like it, but it is interesting.
My favorite character in this cold, wintry story is Vasilisa. I thought she was a breath of fresh air. She ran wild in the forest. She normally had leaves and twigs in her hair. Much to the consternation of her family and the people of her community, she was more woodland fairy or sprite than human. She learned to communicate with the horses and she was an excellent rider ~ which, once again, caused much distress to those around her. Sadly, her mother passed away when Vasilisa was an infant. When Vasilisa was a little older, Dad (Pyotr) decided to travel to Moscow and find a wife. Unfortunately, the woman he married was less than . . . I don’t really know the word I want to use to describe Anna, but she was my least favorite character. When I first met Anna, I felt sorry for her. She cried most of the time and she lived in constant fear. She was isolated. She felt safe in the church and wanted to be a nun. However, that didn’t work out and she married Pyotr. As the story progresses, Anna changes for the worse and she becomes vicious. *shudders*
If you are looking to read a dark, medieval fairy tale/fantasy set in the cold, wintry north of Russia, this might be the book for you.
Have you read The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Happy Reading! 🙂