On Sale: January 10, 2017
Featuring: Vasilisa Petrovna
Hardcover / e-Book
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A magical debut novel for readers of Naomi
Novik’s Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern’s The
Night Circus, and Neil Gaiman’s myth-rich fantasies,
The Bear and the Nightingale spins an irresistible
spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent with
a gorgeous voice.
At the edge of the Russian
wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts
grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she
spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire
with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy
tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the
blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to
claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says,
and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that
protect their homes from evil.
mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new
wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother
forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The
family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that
more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the
forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All
the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her
determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for
either marriage or confinement in a convent.
danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves
and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in
order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have
stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
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