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Summary

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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Another great book

Love this series. Fairy tales for adults. Excellent story and narration. Will happily listen to again.

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Perfect ending

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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love this trilogy!

Everything about this book was excellent. Narrator was perfect, story gripping and writing excellent!

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Fantastic book fantastic narration

I have rarely heard such a good narration (especially of a book I’ve read several times). Wonderful.

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Enchanting

A beautiful fairytale captivating and enchanting, I very much look forward to more stories from KA!

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gut wrenching exciting beautiful

absolutely amazing end to the book. thank goodness it went this way. also I had no idea there was so much history. love love love

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A must read

such an awesome trilogy. I am sad that there aren't any more . I loved these stories . So well written and brilliantly narrated. Fantastic

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Beautiful and addicting story

I fell in love with this trilogy allready at the first book. A listened them all within couple of weeks and I can find myself longing for more of Vasilisias adventures and about the magic around her.

I just love this trilogy.

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Wonderful

If you’ve got this far in the series than book 3 is not going to disappoint you. The plot had me almost in tears at times and and author sticks the landing on this charming trilogy.

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loved it

I really enjoyed the combination of fairytale and fact, interesting russian culture and history. a different take.

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  • 29-04-20

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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  • Yasnah
  • 16-10-19

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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  • 05-10-19

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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  • Ioana-Dorina
  • 12-01-19

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.