I've fallen in love with this series, and this book did not disappoint. If you enjoyed The Bear and the Nightingale, you will love this magical, complex, and dark sequel. Katherine Arden's writing is so gorgeous, and made me feel absolutely immersed in the world. I am also impressed at how she mixes mythology and history while still making her story feel absolutely original.
Vasya's character is so strong, she makes mistakes, has lessons to learn, and has to struggle with a patriarchal society mixed with mythological struggles, but she never loses one ounce of her agency.
This book is honestly the perfect winter time read, it makes me want to bundle up and read this tale of snow and otherworldly magic and lose myself completely in this atmospheric world.