Blurb (as on Goodreads):
Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.
Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.
What a conclusion! Katherine Arden wins my heart again with this epic conclusion. I have cried and hugged the book hard, and begged to the Gods for mercy. I have also swooned and sighed, read and reread paragraphs.
I agree that I didn’t know what to expect from this conclusion, but Arden surprised me in the most unusual ways.
Since this is the third and final book of the trilogy, there might be spoilers from the first two books.
Vasya has just emerged from a tragedy. She has also lost the love of her life and is recovering from nasty physical injuries.
The people of Moscow want Vasya to burn, but its not the witch that will urn. Its the city and with that the men in power. Vasya has made certain difficult choices, but this time there won’t be second chances. But she needs to survive and she needs some serious help.
The plot is full of ups and downs and just when you start to get disappointed, the story takes a flip. A lot of us expected Vasya and Morozko to come together as a unit, but I am so happy to see that Vasya is at the center and it is she who controls the story throughout. I loved every bit of this boo, including certain gruesome deaths (which made me sad too).
I can not recommend this trilogy enough. You can read my review of the first two books by clicking on the link below.