Teaser Tuesday: The Bear and the Nightingale

Teaser TuesdayTEASER TUESDAY is a weekly book meme hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can join, just open your current read to a random page and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences (no spoilers, just enticing bait to lure would-be readers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments on The Purple Booker.

bear and nightingale 2My first Teaser Tuesday is from The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Series #1) by Katherine Arden.

“The sensible part of her pointed out that perhaps a little meekness was in order when dealing with half-heard voices in the dead of night. But the cold was making her sleepy; she fought it with every scrap of will and had none left over for meekness.”


This sensation-stirring novel was published in early 2017, but I foolishly overlooked it because of the Fantasy genre label. That cover though, what an effective tease. Outside my usual reading wheelhouse, (a book mobile?) I picked it up for the “novel with a forest depicted on the cover” selection of my 2018 Reading Challenge. It’s held me captive ever since with powerfully layered prose, and a dark tone steeped in Russian myth. A time-tested folktale which feels new thanks to the revelatory voice of debuted author, Katherine Arden.

I’ll review a little more in-depth in a Bookish Jay and Reading Mermaid challenge update soon, but am laying this teaser upon you as a glowing testimony to the story; a winter fairy-tale that enchants, thrills (and chills) with literary finesse.

What are you reading today?

2 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday: The Bear and the Nightingale

  1. Oh, hey, your teaser worked! I’m going to look this book up. I’m at work so don’t have pages with me to tease in return. But your ‘winter myth’ reminds me of ‘The Snow Child’. Did you ever read that one? By Eowyn Ivey. A wonderful book.


    1. Hi Lisa,
      Sweet, it’s a cool book, I hope you like it! I’ll be reviewing it in my first reading challenge update in the next few days, not w/o it’s flaws but unique, too.
      Oh yes! I read and loved The Snow Child a few years ago:) Another cold winter’s tale with magic at play, though lighter yet, more melancholy than The Bear and Nightingale. I really related to the couple at the heart of the story. Have you read Ivey’s follow-up, ‘To the Bright Edge of the World’? I think I’ll start that sometime this year. Let me know what you think of Bear whenever you’re done.


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