AUTHOR: Katherine Arden
DATE RELEASE: January 10, 2017
PUBLISHED BY: Del Rey Books
SERIES: Book 1 of the Winternight trilogy
Have you heard of the saying "don't judge a book by its cover"?
Well, I can atest that this is one the many books that I've judged because of its cover. I do admit that I was so intrigued by the cover. Even more intrigued when I found out that this is a Russian folktale.
Before I start with my review, I just want to let you know that I'll try my best for this to be a spoiler-free.
The events of the book took place during winter season in a rural village outside of Moscow (capital of Russia). The author introduced the mysterious Marina and her family. I was excited for everything - from the scenes down to the characters are perfect. It was a folktale that you have probably heard from your grandparents. This is a twist on your average children's folktale - dark and mysterious, until the end that made me crave for the second book. I cannot say that it was a slow-paced story because it compensate with those gap in each chapter. Like other folktales, there's a mixture of religion: Christianity and Paganism; as this played a major role in the story. The only thing that left me so puzzled is the full backstory of Vasilisa's (our protagonist) maternal side.
RATING: 4/5 stars
I would definitely recommend this to those who love to read folktale retellings.
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