Waiting On Wednesday: The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "I-can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Hardcover, 480 pages
January 17th, 2017 by Del Rey
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A young woman’s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales.

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift ightaway and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay. 

I love the cover and summary of this book! I'm always on the lookout for stories that draw inspiration from fairy tales and folklore and this sounds like a gorgeous Russian tale. Although January is a ways off, I'm keeping my eyes on The Bear and The Nightingale!