A few years ago James handed me a slim paperback. “Here,” he said, “You might like this.” While fantasy and historical fiction and strong female protagonists are usually my thing, all of that in a Russian setting generally isn’t. Still, I liked the title and the cover (books have been chosen for less) and was quickly caught up in the story of Vasya, in a land that isn’t yet Russia, and peopled by very human characters, alongside figures from Russian folk and fairy tales. In fact I liked The Bear and the Nightingale so much that we made it one of our best of 2017
I couldn’t wait to read the second in the series, The Girl in the Tower to find out what happened next to Vasya, which came out in December 2017. I certainly wasn’t disappointed and happily recommended it to everyone who had loved The Bear and the Nightingale.