Winternight trilogy

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Winternight trilogy
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  • The Bear and the Nightingale (2017)
  • The Girl in the Tower (2017)
  • The Winter of the Witch (2019)

AuthorKatherine Arden
CountryUnited States
GenreHistorical fantasy
PublisherDel Rey
PublishedJanuary 10, 2017 – January 8, 2019
Media typePrint (hardcover and paperback), audiobook, e-book
No. of books3

The Winternight trilogy is a series of adult historical fantasy novels written by American author Katherine Arden. The trilogy consists of The Bear and the Nightingale (2017), The Girl in the Tower (2017), and The Winter of the Witch (2019). At the beginning, the story takes place in a medieval Russian village. Vasilisa "Vasya" Petrovna has received a spiritual gift, using it to see the fantastical creatures that inhabit her village. This leads her to a conflict with the Orthodox Church who becomes convinced that she is a witch.

Development and publication[edit]

Arden says she drew inspiration for the series from Russian folklore. She has a degree in Russian and had lived in Moscow before moving to Hawaii.[1] In October 2014, Del Rey acquired the rights for the first book, The Bear and the Nightingale, which was published on January 10, 2017. It is Arden's debut book.[2][3] Its follow-up, The Girl in the Tower, was released on December 5, 2017.[4] The final book in the series, The Winter of the Witch, was released on January 8, 2019.[5]


The Winternight trilogy has received positive reviews. Critic from Publishers Weekly praised The Bear and the Nightingale, stating "Arden’s debut is an earthy, beautifully written love letter to Russian folklore, with an irresistible heroine who wants only to be free of the bonds placed on her gender and claim her own fate in 14th-century Russia."[6] Kirkus stated, "Arden has shaped a world that neatly straddles the seen and the unseen, where readers will hear echoes of stories from childhood while recognizing the imagination that has transformed old material into something fresh", in a starred review.[7] Everdeen Mason of The Washington Post, said "Arden’s debut novel has the cadence of a beautiful fairy tale but is darker and more lyrical."[8]

The Bear and the Nightingale was named's "Best Book of January 2017".[9]


  1. ^ Tufnell, Nicholas (January 24, 2018). "Katherine Arden: It's a great time for female fantasy writers". CNET. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Shaffi, Sarah (February 25, 2015). "Del Rey acquires three from 'up and coming' US authors". The Bookseller. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Bear and the Nightingale". Penguin Random House. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "The Girl in the Tower". Penguin Random House. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "The Winter of the Witch". Penguin Random House. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  6. ^ "The Bear and the Nightingale". Publishers Weekly. July 4, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Bear and the Nightingale review". Kirkus Reviews. October 10, 2016. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  8. ^ Mason, Everdeen (January 5, 2017). "'The Bear and the Nightingale' and other fantasy and science fiction books to read". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  9. ^ Hoffman, Ellen (January 3, 2017). "These are Amazon's picks for best books this January". Business Insider. Retrieved May 2, 2018.