The Bear and the Nightingale

The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden

I don’t have much to say about this book. The story is slow and boring for ¾ of it, and I struggled to get through it. I thought part of that might’ve been due to insomnia making my brain sluggish, but no, it was still boring after a decent night’s sleep. The only difference sleep made was that I was able to read it faster. After taking three days to get a third of the way through, I finished the rest in one sitting this afternoon. I could have been done with this days ago if insomnia hadn’t fried my brain. Damn you, insomnia.


It’s not a bad story, slow boring bits notwithstanding, and I really liked the Russian fairy tale vibe and enjoyed the descriptions of the house and forest spirits. I think I might have liked this book more if I hadn’t recently read Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, but alas. The Bear and the Nightingale pales considerably in comparison. I’m not going to bother with the rest of the trilogy.


I read this for the Halloween Bingo 2018 A Grimm Tale square.