The Bear and the Nightingale – Book Review

4 out of 5 stars

If ever there was a book to use a basic fantasy plot line (strange girl is misunderstood by the rest of the village, strange girl is the only one that can save everyone with her strange powers), it’s this one. If ever there was a book to take that plot line and madly pepper it with less common folklore, a main character who boldly ignores tradition and scraps in the dirt with the old gods, it’s this one.

At first, I wasn’t really sure that I was going to be able to get into this one, the three names per person was really throwing me. The next moment I realized that I was over a hundred pages in and deeply invested in the story. Any time my husband interrupted to “watch something and spend time together,” I was secretly irritated. I was racing for the finish line to see what would happen. Half way through I was happy that this was series, even though it would work well as a standalone.

This book rides the line between familiar and completely new in a whimsical manner. Indulging in this story while it’s snowing could only add to the experience.

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7 thoughts on “The Bear and the Nightingale – Book Review

  1. I’ve had this on my list for only a few months, but I’ve been trying to hunt it down in bookstores for a while. I’ll have to just Amazon it at some point, though it’ll just sit in my “books to read” pile, because it’s taking me forever and a day to finish Strange the Dreamer.

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