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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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The Winter of the Witch
A Novel
By (author): Katherine Arden
9781101885994 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Action & Adventure Jan 08, 2019
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.42 x 9.55 x 1.2 in | 1.32 lb 384 pages Del Rey
Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.

Reviewers called Katherine Arden’s novels The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower “sensual, beautifully written and emotionally stirring.” They introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter king, but it is too soon to know if their connection will prove a blessing or a curse.

Now, in the conclusion to this powerful trilogy, Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever, determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of this conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of both worlds resting on her shoulders. With her destiny uncertain, Vasya must uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.

Story Locale: Russia

Series Overview: A young woman with magical abilities must save her people from forces both real and fantastical in this trilogy inspired by Russian fairy tales.

CONCLUSION TO THE TRILOGY that fans have been waiting for since first meeting the brave and bewitching Vasya in The Bear and the Nightingale (HC January 2017; TR June 2017), and following her adventures through The Girl in the Tower (HC December 2017; TR June 2018).

UNIVERSAL PRAISE for The Bear and the Nightingale: starred reviews from Publishers Weekly (“stunning…will enchant readers from the first page”), Booklist (“beautifully written…utterly bewitching”), Kirkus Reviews (“sumptuous”) and Library Journal (“fleet and gorgeous as the firebird, a highly recommended exemplar of literary fantasy”), as well as Naomi Novik, Tamora Pierce, Terry Brooks, Robin Hobb, and Todd McCaffrey.

SUCCESS CONTINUES: The Girl in the Tower has been deemed “stunning…thrilling…a masterfully told story” in a starred review from Booklist and was declared a “beautifully written…emotionally stirring fantasy” in a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

NATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Arden’s debut novel has garnered popularity and recognition across the country, hitting the USA Today list.

NEW VOICE: Just 30, Arden has lived in Texas, Vermont, Hawaii, Paris, and Moscow, where she first fell in love with the Russian literature that inspired this novel. She holds a B.A. in Russian literature from Middlebury College in Vermont.

Katherine Arden is the author of the national bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower. Born in Austin, Texas, Arden holds a BA in French and Russian from Middlebury College. She has studied Russian in Moscow, taught at a school in the French Alps, and worked on a farm in Hawaii. She currently lives in Vermont.

Author Residence: Middlebury, VT

Author Hometown: Austin, TX

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“[Katherine] Arden’s gorgeous prose entwines political intrigue and feminist themes with magic and folklore to tell a tale both intimate and epic, featuring a heroine whose harrowing and wondrous journey culminates in an emotionally resonant finale.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Katherine Arden’s Winternight Trilogy isn’t just good—it’s hug-to-your-chest, straight-to-the-favorites-shelf, reread-immediately good, and each book just gets betterThe Winter of the Witch plunges us back to fourteenth-century Moscow, where old gods and new vie for the soul of Russia and fate rests on a witch girl’s slender shoulders. Prepare to have your heart ripped out, loaned back to you full of snow and magic, and ripped out some more.”—Laini Taylor

“Luxuriously detailed yet briskly suspenseful…a striking literary fantasy informed by Arden’s deep knowledge.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Visceral descriptions of battle, an atmospheric sense of place, and some truly heartbreaking moments of loss make this a gut-wrenching read, but there’s ample hope and satisfaction to be found as Vasya chooses her own unique path to triumph.”Booklist

“Exciting, moving, and beautifully written, this is a story readers will savor.”Library Reads

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