A review by myweereads
The Winter of the Witch, by Katherine Arden


“There are no monsters in the world, and no saints. Only infinite shades woven into the same tapestry, light and dark. One man’s monster is another man’s beloved. The wise know that.”

Katherine’ Arden’s final book to this trilogy was the perfect ending to the story of Vasilisa Petrovna. Over the books we come to learn that she is a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts are extraordinary and her courage even more so. She is bound to Morozko the Winter King however here we shall see if it will be the thing to break her down. Moscow is under attack and the Grand Prince is frantically seeking upon who he can trust. An ancient demon reappears determined to bring chaos. Vasya is in a predicament, can she save both Moscow and her world with Morozko or will she have to sacrifice one for the other?

The story picks up where it left off in the previous book and the reader is once again drawn into this devastation that only Vasya has the power to solve. During this strenuous time she comes to learn more about who she is, her powers and what her future holds. This comes with many surprising revelations.

I have been routing for both Vasya and Morozko from the first book so to get to the point I was anxious to find out whether their story would continue. Could they live in harmony giving the circumstances.

The author manages to pack in magic, beautiful and frightening images from folklore, a Russia from a long past and fantasy. I did enjoy this book and was sad to see this story come to an end. It has been an exciting trilogy to read through.