The Winter of the Witch

Winternight Trilogy #3

Katherine Arden

fiction fantasy historical literary
adventurous emotional mysterious slow-paced

384 pages | first published 2019

One girl can make a difference...

Moscow has burned nearly to the ground, leaving its people searching for answers - and someone to hold accountable. Vasya finds herself on her own, amid a rabid mob that calls for her death, blaming her witchery for their misfortune.

Then a vengeful demon returns, renewed and stronger than ever, determined to spread chaos in his wake and never be chained again. Enlisting the hateful priest Konstantin as his servant, turmoil plagues the Muscovites and the magical creatures alike, and all find their fates resting on the shoulders of Vasya.

With an uncertain destiny ahead of her, Vasya learns surprising truths of her past as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all...

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adventurous 96%
emotional 78%
dark 51%
mysterious 43%
tense 31%
hopeful 26%
inspiring 21%
sad 18%
reflective 14%
challenging 10%
informative 2%
funny 1%
lighthearted 0%
relaxing 0%


medium 65%
fast 23%
slow 10%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 69% | Character: 19% | Plot: 10%

Strong character development?

Yes: 92% | It's complicated: 6% | No: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 85% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 1% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 55% | It's complicated: 24% | Yes: 12% | N/A: 6%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 12% | No: 7% | N/A: 1%

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