The Bear and the Nightingale: A Review

Anyone who knows me also knows my love of fairy tales. However, I know a lot about fairy tales and haven’t encountered an unfamiliar telling since reading Uprooted by Naomi Novik a couple of years ago. Until, I discovered Katherine Arden’s debut,  The Bear and the Nightingale.

bearandthenightingale_ecards_v2-2The Bear and the Nightingale takes readers on a thrilling journey to a northern village in medieval Russia where religion and magic coexist and where the long winters are cruel. When Pyotr’s wife, Marina, dies in childbirth, he tries for years to raise his children alone, including his last-born daughter. Vasya is a wild, strong-willed, “unmaidenly” girl with “fae green eyes” and the abilities of her grandmother to see magic all around her.  Continue reading

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Look What We’ve Become

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be many things, and it often changed daily. For a time, I wanted to be an astronaut. Then, a singer or actress. I wanted to be a writer and then much later a teacher. After learning all of the U.S. presidents, I wanted also to become president, but I only, as far as I can recall, admitted it openly once. Continue reading