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

adventurous emotional hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


⭐️: 4.75/5

“ ‘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.’ “

➡️ linear timeline 
👤POV: single person  
🐎 Pace: medium

💭 This story picks up immediately from where the 2nd book ends. 

What I loved:
  • Burn the witch!
  • Konstantine reminding me of Frollo from the Hunchback of Notre Dame movie
  • Tricky demons
  • War is coming, picking sides 
  • Kinda steamy
  • Ded grib, our little buddy
  • Morozko, winter king  
  • Sergei, chill priest
  • Marya, spunky niece 
  • Firebird 🐥
  • What 👏🏼 an 👏🏼 ending!!
  • So much Russian 
  • Russian setting
  • Fairytale-esque 
  • Folklore vs Catholicism 

What I wasn’t a fan of
  • Weird pacing
  • There’s a moment the character makes a choice that seems very out of place 

Overall, I really liked this book and how the series ended! The pacing, similarly to the first two books could’ve been better, but aside from that it was an enjoyable read. 

⚠️ violence against women, grief, catholic priest