PREVIEW | Katherine ARDEN: The Bear and the Nightingale (Untitled Series #1)

Un romanzo che sto aspettando in trepidante attesa è questa prossimissima uscita americana del 10 gennaio per Del Rey, un’imprint di Penguin Random House. Si tratta di un re-telling (ormai sapete che mi piacciono parecchio le rivisitazioni di favole) di una favola russa piuttosto famosa. I commenti pubblicati negli ultimi mesi sono parecchio incoraggianti (e anche la copertina fa la sua parte), lodando non solo la storia ma anche l’accuratezza dell’autrice nel riportare fedelmente le atmosfere ed il folklore russo in questa sua prima opera da scrittrice.

A magical debut novel for readers of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted,
Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman’s myth-rich fantasies,
The Bear and the Nightingale spins an irresistible spell as it announces the
arrival of a singular talent with a gorgeous voice.

Katherine ARDEN: The Bear and the Nightingale (Untitled Series #1)
Editore Del Rey, Penguin Random House
ISBN 9781101885932
Pagine 336
Prezzo $ 12.99 ebook
$ 27.00 hardcover
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The Bear and the Nightingale
Katherine Arden

United Series #1

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At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

The Bear and the Nightingale Katherine Arden

UK Edition

Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent a year of high school in Rennes, France. Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrollment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature. After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crêpes to guiding horse trips. Currently she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know.