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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

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"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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Wonderful sequel

I really enjoyed listening to the sequel versus reading it so that I could hear all of the Russian pronunciations and nuances that were lost to me as a reader unfamiliar with that language. The reader did a fabulous job and I got lost in the story very easily. As far as the story itself, it is still befuddling to me why it was such a big deal for her to be a girl but I went with it and enjoyed the fairytale aspect to her character. It also feels like the story is over but yet this is the second part of a trilogy. I look forward to listening to or reading the next one but was not left with any lingering questions at this point, so not sure what it would be about, though it will be great to meet up with Vasalisa (sp?) and Morosco again.

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A great follow up to the first book

This was a great 2nd book to the trilogy. The story doesn't take long to pick up where you left off. We're still very concerned with Vasilisa and this mysterious Frost demon she seems to be falling for. The characters are just as rich and deceptive and they create a rich backdrop to the story. Moscow! I decided to go and look at pictures of Moscow in the winter to give myself an inkling of what this environment is like. So different than the US.

I'm so glad the author put the notes at the end about Russian folklore and the explanation of how the names evolve. That bit was really confusing for me on the first book. I almost wish I had that explanation before listening to either book.

The story and characters are definitely enchanting and I can't wait to see what the 3rd and final installment has to offer.

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Fantastic trilogy about Medieval Russia

This second installment in the Winternight Trilogy is so wonderful and rich in characters and fairytale! Our dear brave Vasya finds her courage to follow her strong will and heart! The narrator Kathleen Gati is superb in accents and dramatization!
Thank you for opening our hearts and minds to this fascinating period of Russian folklore and history. I can’t wait to start the 3rd book!

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Great

I loved it. At times a little too over the top but I love the idea of a witch who can see the demons among us. Falling in love with the snow king... not sure about. But our protagonist is so strong and independent, I love her so much.

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Loved it!

If you like history but also a fairytales you’ll love this. Russian stories of both types are not mainstream so I was very drawn in. Also gave a real perspective on how women were kept down in all classes, but how one at least defied those rules.... but not without cost. I can’t wait for the third book!