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Publisher's Summary

The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage and life in a convent and instead flees her home - but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

©2017 Katherine Arrden (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up." (Naomi Novik)

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Magical

I absolutely loved this book. Kathleen Gati did a fantastic job with the characters and her pronunciation of the Russian words. This was a magical story that warmed me from the inside out. I can not wait for the next book to come out!

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A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

This sequel of the The Bear and the Nightingale, Kathleen Gati is a stunning performer of these books. Medieval Rus is an intense place to be!

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A marvelous second novel of medieval Rus'.

I love the setting, the fairy tales, and the characters. I look forward to the final novel in the series.

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Love love older this series

A fascinating look at Russian history and fairytales. Every minute is captivating. Kathleen Gati could read the dictionary and I would listen! Her performance makes a wonderful book magical.

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Captivating

Just as in the first book in this series, I felt a strong connection to Vasya despite the differences in age, era, surroundings. This second book was every bit as captivating as the first and I look forward to the third!

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Great fairy tale!

I enjoyed the story and the setting. It was very unique and different. The story was well written and engaging. Looking forward to more by the author and narrator. The narrator was great.

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Fantastic

Loved to get lost in this fantastic story. I can't wait until the next installment. See you next winter!

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A good break. Well written

I read a lot of history. I also read some sci fi. On a whim I bought the two books of the series. The combination of folktales, storytelling, history and plot development is....well....excellent.

After several hard days at work this story was a relief....it is something quite different and really was a great distraction.

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pretty good

I liked it but didn't love it. I think too many fairy tales were wound into one story. I enjoyed the narrator and the overall story. I'm not quite sure how the big secret could have gone differently...

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excellent and beautiful

this second book was as enjoyable as the first and I am anxiously awaiting the third installment to it' completion.