Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
3.5 Stars , Reviews / February 13, 2017

The Bear and the Nightingale is fairy tale, full of both darkness and wonder. It is always enjoyable to come across a book that is both fresh and also seems to capture all those traits that people love in their familiar fairy tales. The prose is beautifully written, which really helps to give the story that feel of folklore. Now I have to admit, I am embarrassingly under informed on Russian folklore, but its my understanding that many of the elements of this are strongly rooted in it. The good news for anyone else like me (really rather ignorant of Russian Folklore) is the story does a very good job of making sure the reader knows what each thing is (such as a rusalka) and does so in a way that does not feel like info dumping. It is integrated with the story very well and I also found it to be wonderfully interesting. Vasya is a character that I immediately wanted to root for. As a child she is a bit wild and untamed. The type of girl that will do what she likes rather than what is expected of her. She is type of character you expect to grow…