The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden @arden_katherine @EburyPublishing @annecater #TheWinterOfTheWitch #bookreview #historicalfantasy

the winter of the witch

The Winter of the Witch written by Katherine Arden, publisher Del Rey, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook, hardback and paperback format.

The hardback and paperback are available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.

To buy link: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-winter-of-the-witch/katherine-arden/9781785039737

Book Blurb

One girl can make a difference…

Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers – and someone to blame. Vasilisa, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic.

Then a vengeful demon returns, stronger than ever. Determined to engulf the world in chaos, he finds allies among men and spirits. Mankind and magical creatures alike find their fates resting on Vasya’s shoulders.

But she may not be able to save them all.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the paperback launch of the final instalment in The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden: The Winter of the Witch.

Before my review I’d first like to give praise to the stunning book covers of all three novels in the trilogy.  I was initially drawn to the cover of book one before I even read the synopsis and I’m so glad I took a chance on a genre that I don’t regularly read.  The book covers are stunning but inside is a beautifully written story.

The author Katherine Arden has written a vivid trilogy that opens your eyes to a world of magic, myth, light and darkness.  A world that has wonder, a world that loves devotedly but also a world that suffers grief.

I don’t read many fantasy novels but back in 2017 when I read The Bear and The Nightingale (Book One in the trilogy) I became enchanted with this story and with each new instalment I’ve been eager to read on.  You can catch up with my reviews of Book One here and of Book Two here

The Winter of The Witch carries on from book two and Moscow is in flames and all eyes are on one young girl that has extra-ordinary bravery and powers; Vasya.  However, Vasya is now fighting for her own survival, she must escape and regain her strength before she can help those she loves dearly; her family and her Moscow.

There are moments in this story that will take your breath away with the tenderness of love.  But then your heart will be racing with the dramatic scenes of battle unfolding.

I would highly recommend readers to open their hearts and minds to a historical trilogy with a difference.  The mythical, ethereal beauty to this story will bewitch you.

Katherine Arden has skilfully written a beautiful fairy-tale retelling of a pivotal moment in Russia’s history.  I still stand by my words in my review of book one that The Winternight Trilogy would look impressive with a big movie budget bringing all the characters and creatures to life, a blockbuster in the making.

About the Author

Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent her junior year of high school in Rennes, France. Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrolment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature. After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crêpes to serving as a personal tour guide. After a year on the island, she moved to Briançon, France, and spent nine months teaching. She then returned to Maui, stayed for nearly a year, then left again to wander. Currently she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know. She is the author of The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower. These novels make up the first two parts of The Winternight Trilogy.

Website: http://www.katherinearden.com/
Twitter: @arden_katherine
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katherineardenauthor

 

The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris @Joannechocolat @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogtour #bookreview #contemporaryfiction #TheStrawberryThief #ModernDayFairytale

 

the strawberry thief

The Strawberry Thief written by Joanne Harris, publisher Orion, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audiobook format.

Waterstones have a stunning signed edition of the hardcover of the book available which includes an exclusive afterword from the author Joanne Harris and a short story.  To buy this edition please click on the link below:

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-strawberry-thief/joanne-harris/9781409192169

Book Blurb

Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her ‘special’ child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend.
But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray.
The arrival of Narcisse’s relatives, the departure of an old friend and the opening of a mysterious new shop in the place of the florist’s across the square – one that mirrors the chocolaterie, and has a strange appeal of its own – all seem to herald some kind of change: a confrontation, a turbulence – even, perhaps, a murder…

TST blog tour

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes

I am so pleased and honoured to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Joanne Harris’ latest novel: The Strawberry Thief.

Joanne Harris’ beautiful prose has captured my imagination and Rosette Rocher has stolen my heart.  The Strawberry Thief is my first introduction to the work of Joanne Harris, I haven’t even watched the movie adaptation of Chocolat so I totally read The Strawberry Thief with fresh eyes.  It is 20 years since the author published Chocolat and The Strawberry Thief is the fourth book in the series.  The book can easily be read as a standalone and for brand new fans of Joanne Harris’ work, like myself, you will soon be swept away with the beauty of the storyline however, now I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of reading this novel I am very keen to read all the books in the Chocolat series so for established fans of this authors work you will be in for a treat revisiting Lansquenet-sous-Tannes.

Joanne Harris takes you to a fantasy world within our own.  Rosette and her mother Vianne have an air of mystery and magic about them and you can sense an otherworldly presence.  You never grow old  of fairy tales and make believe and this is such a powerful tool that authors hold when they can whisk you away to the unimaginable but make it still very real and relatable.

The Strawberry Thief is a story like no other but behind all the magic and mystery there is a very relatable story about a woman and her relationship with her children that are growing up and becoming independent.  It’s also a story of grief and of appreciating the true meaning of love.

I found Joanne Harris’ writing so very beautiful and I was totally spellbound by the magical words of wisdom.  Joanne Harris has gained a new fan in me.

Beautiful and symbolic full of fantastical ideas and whims.  You’ll be swept away with the splendour of the story.

To learn more about the author please do visit the following pages:

Website: http://www.joanne-harris.co.uk/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Joannechocolat

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joannechocolat

 

 

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden blogtour book review

 

The Girl in the Tower Cover

The Girl in the Tower written by Katherine Arden, publisher Del Rey (Ebury Publishing) is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audiobook format.  The book will also be available to purchase in paperback format from 9th August 2018.

The book is available to purchase from all good book retailers and the ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, Google Play and iBook.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2Oe5J2Q

Product Details (as per amazon page)

For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or life in a convent. Vasya will choose a third way: magic. . .
The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile bandits roam the countryside, burning the villages and kidnapping its daughters. Setting out to defeat the raiders, the Prince and his trusted companion come across a young man riding a magnificent horse.
Only Sasha, a priest with a warrior’s training, recognises this ‘boy’ as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical. . .

The Girl in the Tower Blog Tour Poster

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the paperback of The Girl in the Tower.  The Girl in the Tower is the second instalment in the Winternight Trilogy, I’d fully recommend reading all the books in the series in order to fully immerse yourself in this world of wonderment, myth, magic, danger and love.  The books in the series are:

  • The Bear and the Nightingale (you can find my review for book one here.
  • The Girl in the Tower
  • The Winter of the Witch

It’s been just over 18 months since I entered the world of Russian folklore with the book that began the Winternight Trilogy; The Bear and the Nightingale.  Firstly, I’d like to thank and congratulate the artist of the book covers in this series as they are truly works of art, the detail is stunning and the colours are very inviting.  I would purchase the covers alone as prints to adorn my house.  As mentioned in my review of book one fantasy fiction is not my usual genre but the synopsis and the cover drew me in.  I was so pleased I stepped out of my reading comfort zone to discover this epic tale.  As it’s not my usual genre it did take me a little while to get back in to the story but I’ve learnt that I have to set my mind to acknowledge and embrace a world full of imagination and let the words just take me there.  Once I was back in Russia with Vasya and her trusted companion Solovey, her horse, I was completely captivated again by this whole world of medieval Russia, by the myth and the magic, by the forbidden love but this time danger was lurking and the author Katherine Arden takes us on a very dangerous, deathly journey.

This is such a spellbinding sweeping story of a young woman blessed with skills few are given.  Vasya takes on tasks that many men would struggle to find the strength and courage to undertake.  Vasya is like the original medieval super hero showing immense belief, hope and strength to help those she dearly loves.  The terrain of Russia is clear from the descriptive words from the author, the atmosphere of the landscape is very evident.  My emotions once again were in turmoil and at times I felt completely spent.  There is a beauty of a love that is almost forbidden entwined within the storyline, this love was so rare and so beautiful but there was a sadness within it.

For an author to take me out of my reading comfort zone and envelope me in to another world is a job well-done.  Katherine Arden is an author to watch, the Winternight Trilogy with book one being her debut novel shows a depth of literary expertise that can take years to learn.  I would like to repeat a quote from my review of book one:

This book and it’s story would look impressive with a big movie budget bringing all the characters and creatures to life, a blockbuster in the making.

To learn more about the author Katherine Arden and her work please visit the following sites:

Website: http://www.katherinearden.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/arden_katherine

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/katherineardenauthor