The following is an honest review of The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden and my suggested age rating.
Vasilisa lives in the Russian wilderness where snow falls as high as houses. She grew up hearing stories of Frost, the winter demon king from her nurse. Everyone claims they are simply stories, but Vasya’s nurse believes by honoring the household spirits they will be protected.
After Vasya’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow to find a new wife. He returns and Vasya’s new stepmother forbids to honor the spirits. Vasya fears it will bring fatal doom and evil upon them. One day, it does.
Review of The Bear and The Nightingale
I recently reread this book for the first time this month and loved it just as much as the first time! It is a must read for the winter. The story is full of atmospheric yet haunting descriptions of winter and Russian folklore. The Bear and The Nightingale is eerie yet beautiful.
The plot is a bit slow at first but there’s lots of ground to cover before the story really takes off. LET me just say, this book contains my most hated villian of all time. He is a psycho and I’d take a whole book just about him.
If you are looking for a new atmospheric trilogy with a fantastical element and a bit of thrill, look no further!
Age Rating of The Bear and The Nightingale
I am giving The Bear and The Nightingale an Age Rating of 14 and up. This book contains sexual references, mild language, and talk of demons which may be disturbing for a younger audience
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