Just Arrived: “The Bear And The Nightingale” by Katherine Arden
I know that I promised a week (or two!) of book reports and we’re already into week three (!!!) with two books left to go (on which I have yet to share my terribly important thoughts. 😉 )
However, writing feedback on books read is hard work, I find, especially when “the new, the new” has already arrived on the TBR table. In this case, the book is quite special because it has come from my own lead editor—the wonderful, the amazing—Kate Nintzel who wrote:
“I really loved [this book]…Katherine’s agent sent me this galley and I’m sending it to you because I think you’ll love it too!”
Well, what can a reader, let alone a writer, do? Put the book on the top of the TBR pile and post a Just Arrived on the blog, that’s what—and why the heck not!
From looking at the back cover, The Bear And The Nightingale appears to be a retelling of Russian fairytales (which already tells me that I must draw this book to the attention of Rebecca Fisher—of Big Worlds and Small Screens—as well, since she loves fairytale retellings.) Here’s what the blurb says:
“In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.“
The Bear And The Nightingale is author Katherine Arden’s debut novel, which will be published on 17 January, 2017 — so you see, I’m getting in ahead of the curve. 🙂