CW: creepy guys, sexism, childbirth, and rape-y overtones
- The Bear and the Nightingale – 4.5/5
First off, I’m very sorry about this review. I read most of this when I was going through a lot of uncertainty with my sister, so it’s a bit disjointed and I know in my heart that I spaced out a lot in my own thoughts while reading this. It’s just what happened, but I still wanted to review it since it helped take my mind off of what was going on in my life.
The book picks up a few months after the end of the first book. Vasya is on the run to find her siblings. She’s dressed as a boy.
The plot, for me, was a bit convoluted. I love the characters so I had no problem reading it, but on reflection, it was hard to pay attention to. There’s the frost guy from the first book. Then there’s these bandits. The leader might be important. Some fighting and races and sexist stuff.
And, for me, that’s it. That’s what my brain remembers. I told you that this review was going to be a mess. I didn’t lie.
Still, it was just a relief to sink into a story that wasn’t remotely related to my life. It let me just go with the flow and enjoy what was going on so I had a chance to breathe. (Honestly, now I feel like I got a glimpse of what my patients and their family feel like thanks to this experience, but that’s another post.)
I still love the characters. I loved reading the relationships that were in this book. It was just incredibly relaxing to read and curl up with.
I’ll definitely reread this book one day so I can catch more, but that’s the state of my mind at the moment. Just not absorbing as much as I’d like it to.
What did I miss from my crisis fogged brain?
Do you like this series? What did you think?