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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, the father hides the gift away and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, wilful 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.

"When I finished the last page of The Bear and the Nightingale, I was exhausted. Not in a bad way, but it really is an emotionally draining novel. So much of the story is very personal and Ms. Arden does an excellent job of making you emotionally invested in the characters. It is truly a testament to Ms. Arden’s skill in her craft that she can create such a wonderful reading experience." logo logo

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This is an excellent book! A welcome change, as reviewer Nick says, from the formulaic plot and characters that fill much of today\'s fantasy market. The Bear and the Nightingale presents well-drawn characters given an interesting story to inhabit in a well thought out land based on the Russia of the middle ages, a time when old and new religions existed uneasily side by side. Add some demons, vampires, and creatures of folklore and mythology; in Ms. Arden\'s capable hands, it all combines into a wonderful story. For a debut book, especially, this is one terrific book! Can\'t wait for the sequel!

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