Review by Norma: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the NightingaleThe Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  May 22 – 25th, 2017

This was another fantasy novel that I thought was absolutely wonderful!  I definitely lost myself in this richly entertaining Russian folklore tale.  I was extremely excited to read this one after seeing some early reviews of this book and I was not disappointed!  I totally loved the magical journey that this book took me on!

THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by KATHERINE ARDEN is an extraordinary, magical, spellbinding, and captivating tale that transported me right into Russia in the 14th century with it’s history, myths, and folklore from this medieval time period.

KATHERINE ARDEN delivers an extremely vivid and atmospheric read here with a very strong, likeable, and fascinating heroine, Vasya.

There was a minor problem that I had with this story though — which I found a little bit disruptive to the flow for me. Some of the characters were addressed by multiple names and I had to figure out if it was a new character or if it was one that I was already introduced to.  Once I figured that out, then it was easy to follow along with all the characters involved and the storyline.  There is also a glossary of Russian words with their descriptions in the back of the book that was very helpful to me while reading this book.

To sum it all up, this was an enjoyable, very imaginative, and an extremely interesting novel with a very eye-catching cover that had me totally engrossed in this magical and mystical tale.  Would recommend!