The Winter of the Witch

Winternight Trilogy, Book 3
Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
Series: Winternight Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 14 hrs
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, read by Kathleen Gati.

One girl can make a difference....

Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers - and someone to blame. Vasilisa, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic.

Then a vengeful demon returns, stronger than ever. Determined to engulf the world in chaos, he finds allies among men and spirits. Mankind and magical creatures alike find their fates resting on Vasya's shoulders. 

But she may not be able to save them all.

©2019 Katherine Arden (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks
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simply amazing

I absolutely loved this! so sad it is finished. definitely want to listen to more books by this author. and the reader is excellent

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A fitting fairytale ending

Bittersweet, just as it should be.

The Winter of the Witch starts right where The Girl in the Tower ends. But this book is darker than all the others, in more ways than one.

There’s fire and tears and pain. Wounds and blood and scars. Healing. Love. Betrayal. Faith. Midnight and Midday. Loyalties, both forced and freely given. New friends, old enemies and fragile alliances. Family. War. Chyerti. Death and life. And of course, horses.

There was not one character that I did not like. I understood Konstatin, respected Dimitri, shrugged my shoulders at Miedved. Got frustrated with Morozko, rolled my eyes at Vasya. But I rooted for them still, and laughed and cried with them.

Stories that I thought were done and dusted in the previous books were revisited in a different light, giving them more depth and us more insight. Strings that I did not even know existed were connected, and then nicely tied off towards the end.

Yes, it is darker. People are more cruel (even Vasya). There are walking dead. There are dark forest roads at midnight. There is war. (Not the best delivery of a battle, I must say. A bit disappointed at that.)

But it is always darkest before the light breaks. This story of stories’ ending was satisfying, despite the tears.

Kathleen Gati reverted to book one’s slow lulling narration in between characters again. That’s mostly why it took me a long time to finish this.

Did I like it? Yes. Did the story need to be split into three books? I think so. Will I read it again? Maybe. But listen? Probably not.

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I also love the author's note at the end - there really WAS a prince named Dmitry Ivanovich who led his armies in the battle of Kulikovo, and a monk named Alexander Peresvet was his champion. This is exactly what this trilogy is about: the amalgamation of history and fantasy, religion and tradition, Christianity and paganism. Worth the time.

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I have no words to describe this one!

This book is just amazing! I don’t really want to come back to reality anymore. I loved how this trilogy had brought me to another world and I became a part of it. A must read indeed! I miss Vasya, Morozko and Sasha and their amazing adventures! ❤️

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Beautiful book, beautiful audiobook

This a a beautifully written book and beautifully narrated audiobook.

The whole trilogy made for a wonderful reading experience.
It's a very masterfully done fairytale, the characters are complex and the story is inspiring, empowering and so rich in life lessons.

I would give this trilogy 10 stars if I could.

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  • Mrs U
  • 01-12-19

Perfect ending<br />

I'd looked forward to this so long I was worried I'd be disappointed - I wasn't. It waa the perfect ending to a wonderful magical series.

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  • judy forbes
  • 03-16-20

Wonderful

I’m sorry that I’ve come to tend of this trilogy I’ve enjoyed it so much. Totally absorbing with a marvellous heroine who just keeps getting better. The mix of fantasy and realistic feral make for an engaging account. And the story is so exciting the books are difficult to put firm. The story line is fabulous in a real sense and the audio version is so beautifully narrated.

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  • Emelia
  • 11-26-19

Great book, better audiobook

I gave it a break between book 2 and 3. I’m so glad I did. This was the best one by far and waiting brought back the novelty of the unique world, lore, tradition, magics and accents (thanks Audible)!

I loved the fact that once Vasya came into her power it wasn’t all guns blazing and victory. There were prices to pay and debts to settle. It made her triumphs all the better! I also love the mix of dealing with magic world problems and ‘normal’ issues such as the building threat of war.

A fantastic series I’d recommend to anyone.

In a genre full of tropes and cliches, this series shines out as unique and wonderous. It is every reason I love this genre and more.

I can't convey the fond spot in my heart that will always be there for this series. So far this is my favourite series of 2019.

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  • SteveA
  • 11-07-19

Gripping trilogy

Thoroughly enjoyed this through all three books. Narrator is perfect, matching the style and emphasis throughout the story, not just through accent and pronunciation, but also by mood and tone. Story is deep and multi-layered, with fantastic characters and setting, and I enjoyed the handling of the supernatural that made it a credible part of the story. Superb heroine, and it might even convince you to leave a small offering for your own house Domovoy.

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  • wendy Lawrence
  • 10-11-19

Fantastic! One of the best stories I’ve listened to for a long time.

Loved the story for its detail, and history.
A fascinating read that I’m sure I’ll come back to.

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  • A
  • 09-22-19

Russian mythology/historical fantasy

Engaging story mixing historical fiction with mythology and magic. Kind of like a Russian Percy Jackson in the middle ages.

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  • Chris & Anne-Marie
  • 09-11-19

A Wonderful fairytale

Such a beautiful series of books, all very well written. transporting you effortlessly to a magical yet tangible land, the narration... perfection :)

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  • Bean a' Leanna
  • 07-02-19

Great story, narration leaves much to be desired.

I am loving this story and with just 1 hour 49 minutes to go I am expecting a great conclusion. However, with the notable exception of the pronunciation of Russian names and words, the narration leaves a *lot* to be desired. The spoken phrasing of sentences in particular and the expression used do not match the words being uttered. In terms of phrasing and expression this is the level I would expect of a 9 - 10 year old who isn't a great reader. It's a real pity as it hinders enjoyment of the story. I understand it might be difficult to find a reader who has enough Russian to speak the Russian names correctly and who is fluent enough in English to read the story with appropriate phrasing and expression - many adults do not read aloud well, even in their first language - but if it had been possible it would have made a good story great.

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  • Aztec
  • 06-24-19

Loved this series from start to finish

A great conclusion to a great series. It is so satisfying when the final book lives up to the others and this one certainly does! Arden balances the emotional, historical and magical worlds perfectly.

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  • Deborah Seton
  • 05-25-19

I thought it would be better

When I read the first book in this series, I was really expecting the fulfilment of the story over the next two books to be something really rich, complex and satisfying, but I was a bit disappointed.

I do think this is a good book and I liked it (like the other two), but I so wish it had of been better - the whole love affair at its centre seems rather trite and the overall story was completed in a way that I guess would be more pleasing to the romantics, which isn't the truer, less conveniently happy fairy tale ending that I wanted!

The narrator does a great job.

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  • Indira
  • 01-15-19

Breathtaking

Devoured this audiiobook in 2 days. Katherine Arden did not disappoint in the final book of this stunning trilogy. I am sad it is over but will never forget the world of Russian fairy tales that she brought to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-19

A beautiful conclusion to the Winternight trilogy

A lovely conclusion to the Winternight trilogy. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-20

Amazing conclusion to a beautiful series

The fantasy elements of this story came further to the forefront in this book which I really loved. Russian folklore isn’t something I had a huge amount of exposure to prior to starting this series, but I think I’ve really started to gain a real appreciation for it and I now really want know even more. I also think that the way the folklore is blended into actual historical events is really well done.
This is a fairly character-driven series but the plot did pick up the pace in this book. I was on edge pretty much the whole time and couldn’t stop listening to the audiobook (which was amazing by the way, I would definitely recommend it).
Vasya is a great character to follow, she’s really headstrong and daring but there is definitely huge consequences for her actions which helps add to the realness of the story. I also really loved the side characters in this series, even though sometimes my heart was breaking.
Overall, I loved this book so much and I think it might be my favourite book in the series. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who loves atmospheric stories with enchanting writing.

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  • Monica
  • 08-27-19

So good! Would recommend to anyone!

This trilogy is so wonderful, I'd recommend it to almost anyone. Kept some mystery, there's adventure, fighting, the supernatural, romance and friendship. I honestly cant even explain how much I loved the series.

I also really loved that the narrator did the accents and different voices, it really brought the story to life. My only complaint is that she spoke so slowly that I had to keep it at 1.75x or 2.0x to keep up with the pace of the book. So really, think of it at like a 7-9hr read

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  • Marissa Bandharangshi
  • 08-23-19

Exquisite

A magical experience I didn’t want to end 😊 I loved my time inhabiting this world.

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  • C A Morton
  • 06-17-19

In a word, magical.

I got absolutely lost in these 3 books and am devastated that they ended. I will miss the characters and the sweeping story telling of Katherine Arden, so beautifully narrated by the entrancing Kathleen Gati. At once romantic and harsh, fantastic and real. I can’t recommend the Winternight trilogy highly enough.