The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

The Sisters of the Winter Wood

Captivating and boldly imaginative, with a tale of sisterhood at its heart, Rena Rossner's debut fantasy invites you to enter a world filled with magic, folklore, and the dangers of the woods.Raised in a small village surrounded by vast forests, Liba and Laya have lived a peaceful sheltered life - even if they've heard of troubling times for Jews elsewhere. When their parents travel to visit their dying grandfather, the sisters are left behind in...

Details The Sisters of the Winter Wood

TitleThe Sisters of the Winter Wood
Release DateSep 25th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Magical Realism, Fiction, Adult, Young Adult

Reviews The Sisters of the Winter Wood

  • karen
    man, i was so looking forward to this - it seemed, from the description, to be exactly my kind of book; one blending fairytale sensibilities with realworld atrocities à la Gretel and the Dark, with girls shapeshifting into bears and swans, and coming as it did in an envelope full of bear n’ swan confetti and GOLDEN FEATHERS, Y’ALL!!!and, because those bears are too good at camouflaging themselves:feel free to read my palm!knowing it was an u...
  • James Tivendale
    Every family has a secret... and every secret tells a story. I received an advanced reader copy of The Sisters of the Winter Wood in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Rena Rossner and Orbit Books for this opportunity.The titular sisters and their parents live close to the village of Dubossary and reside in a house that is close to the woods. They are a Jewish family in a tale that is like a melting pot of reality, Jewish mythol...
  • Julie
    My official review! Do NOT miss this book if you enjoy languorously paced, character-driven dark fairy tales and fantasies like "The Bear and the Nightingale" or "Uprooted.""This dark fairy tale about sisterly love and Jewish strength and courage, set against the backdrop of a deep and deadly winter forest, will haunt me for a long time. A powerful, emotional debut."
  • Roman Clodia
    If you enjoy modern whimsical re-tellings of folklore and fairy tales with a smattering of history (here Jewish pogroms in pre-Revolutionary Russia/Ukraine) then this might be for you. I liked the intentions but found this too YA and unsophisticated for my tastes.The two sisters, especially, are schematic: Liba is bear-like, dark, aligned with her father, and tells her story in prose; Laya is swan-like, white-blonde, aligned with her mother, and ...
  • Katya de Becerra
    This book is one of my most highly anticipated debuts of 2018! I'm absolutely enthralled by it - months ahead of its release! So much that I've pre-ordered my copy - and so should you.
  • Diane
    I'm not sure there are enough superlatives to describe this book. First, there's the magnificent cover. It sets the tone for the book better than any cover I've seen. The story was beautifully written--much of it in a prose poem style that works fantastically well to convey the thoughts and conversation of the characters. Two girls lost in the woods. How many fairy tales have had that theme? But this book twists and turns the cliche into somethin...
  • Adam Sockel
    There are not many books I can think of that so beautifully tell a story of family, love, magic, pain and culture like this. Rena has created a powerful story of two sisters, bound by the unique magic that both connects them and sets them apart. Equal parts prose and poetry, the dizzying, circular story reminds me Wintersong by S Jae-Jones as well as And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich. All of these stories keep you guessing and somewhat con...
  • ↠♥☾ Kayleigh ☽♥↞
    "'He is a hunter, or did you not know that? All men are beasts inside. Some just show it differently than others.'" Liba and Laya are two Jewish sisters that live in a small village surrounded by forest. When there is a knock on the door one night, it wakes Liba up, and as she eavesdrops she hears and sees more than she thought would be possible. Her grandfather is dying. And Liba's father is needed at his side. After hearing this news, Liba's fa...
  • Acqua
    DNF at 33%The Sisters of the Winter Wood is a historical fantasy novel following a Jewish Ukrainian family. The two main characters are Liba and her younger sister Laya, and this is a story of self-discovery that almost reads like a dark fairytale, partly inspired by Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market and by many Russian and Ukrainian folktales.Sadly, I couldn't get into this book at all. Half of it, Laya's PoV, is written in verse. I usually don...
  • Hayley Chewins
    This book is unlike anything I've ever read. It's so beautifully crafted. It's utterly surprising, startling and fresh. It's a sister story, and a Jewish story, and a fairy tale, and a story about first love. It's magical and filled with the most delicious imagery. It's wonderful. Just wonderful. It'll make you believe in the power of language again.
  • Lauren [DontGoBrekkerMyHeart]
    ‘He gives me a basketfull of fruit.“I can’t take this,” I say.“For your sister and youto share.” He puts it in my hands.’Not only is the cover to this story absolutely beautiful, but the content inside is amazing as well. It flips back and forth between prose and poetry, and I really enjoyed it. It added an extra depth and imagery to each of the sisters points of view. Made the story very unique.I was curious to see how Rena Rossner...
  • Jenni
    The Sisters of the Winter Wood got off to a truly amazing start, I love the way that the story switches between the sister's points of view. Both Liba and Laya are really interesting and I also love the differences between their prose, steady and descriptive Liba and poetic and flighty Laya. This was really unique and I really loved it. There were so many amazing fairytales woven in to the story, it was wonderful to see familiar favourites as wel...
  • Aila
    The Sisters of the Winter Wood is a quiet, captivating tale that follows the growth of two sisters - vastly different from one another - and the secret power that their heritage has passed onto them. I really enjoyed this adult fantasy, and would really recommend it for readers looking for a magical escape into woods that are either enchanted or haunted - take your pick. Rossner writes her Jewish ancestry with heart into these pages, and it is cl...
  • Meghan
    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy and I always get excited for books on unique topics that the everyday person never thinks twice about and puts an interesting spin on it making it more enticing to read. The Sisters of the Winter Wood. While reading this book and learning about the sisters Laya and Liba, I could not help to think of Little Women. This book was Little Women, Meets Once Upon a Time,meets Into the Woods and that is w...
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    An arc of this book was sent to me by Redhook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Rating: 4/5Lush and dark, Rena Rossner spins a beautiful, enthralling fairytale retelling with The Sisters of the Winter Wood. I love how contrasting this book is, with it’s two different perspectives. The “dark” sister’s tale is told in a “prose” type of writing, while the “light” sister’s tale is told in a very ...
  • Chasty
    Loved it!!!I started and could not stop reading till the end. It is beautifully written and it makes you hang on to every word. I love how everything come together in the end. It is a reminder that love and truth will set you free.
  • Hanna
    I finished this book in 3 days. I didn't want to put this one down. I had the privilege of reading it while I was up in the mountains, which truly feels like the best place to enjoy this book. I loved this retelling of the classic poem, Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. I loved that the author threw in phrases in Yiddish, a language I've never read before, that brought these characters to a whole new level. I also appreciated the focus on the ...
  • Amy (magicallybookish)
    I am fully obsessed with this book! It read like a dark fairy tale to me and I was intrigued from the very beginning! You know that there is something off about Fedir but find yourself as enamoured by him as Laya, wanting to know more about where he came from and what him and his brothers are up to! I thoroughly enjoyed the whimsical and magical feel this book gives you and the only reasons I put this book down were to eat, sleep and go to work! ...
  • The Bookworm Central
    In her first, Young Adult novel, Rena Rossner showed a world of magic, intertwined with the mundane realities of Earth. The Sisters of the Winter Wood is not only a tale of strength, and discovering one’s self, but of sisterly love. Throughout the book eldest sister, Liba, struggles to accept herself. The way she looks, the way she moves, the truth of her existence all fuel a burning inner conflict within her character as she struggles with the...
  • Debra
    I was so excited to find this arc as a part of my Temple's book club. I devoured this book. The blend of fairy tale and history, culture and fantasy were perfectly balanced. This lush and evocative story delves into pre-pogrom Russia/Ukraine within a larger fairytale. I loved the distinction between the two sisters' voices and their relationship. There is definitely an underlying romance, but I found the culture and sisterly bond to be my favorit...
  • Phoebe
    Captivating, gorgeous, moving. This dark, literary fairy tale is a story of sisterly love and rebellion. The historical, folkloric, and familial elements are all perfectly balanced. I cried.
  • Sofiya Pasternack
    I love love loved this gorgeous book! The fairy tale elements are rich and stunning, the setting is beautiful, and the events outside the village are devastating. I can't wait for this to be published so I can hold it in my hands!
  • michelle
    The sisters of the Winter wood is an beautiful retelling of the classic poem Globin Market by Christina Rossetti. It’s about sisterly love, it’s about growing up and discovering who you are. Laya and Liba live in the woods of the town of Dubossary, Moldova. Protected by their parents from people who discriminate against Jews and they have also been cast out by their peers. One day their father receives a message that his father, the girls gra...
  • Sue Blanchard
    Thankyou to NetGalley, Little, Brown Book Group UK, Orbit and Rena Rossner for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy of The Sisters Of The Winter Wood. I found I was drawn to the book by the cover and after reading the description, I was hooked. This book is a beautifully written and an engrossing tale. When I read a book of this calibre, I find myself at a loss for words to describe how wonderful it was to read. There are no words tha...
  • susmithj jakes
    Rossner's debut weaves a richly detailed story of Jewish identity and sisterhood . . . Ambitious and surprising
  • Carol Kean
    Fantastic! The book cover alone is beautiful and captivating, rich and ornate, shimmering with gold, promising treasures within. Rena Rossner delivers. This tale set in a remote village near Moldova and Ukraine is an enchanting mix of folklore and ethnic conflicts, such as the Jews being demonized by Gentiles. Parallels from history abound, In addition to the tensions between one culture and another, there are love stories, epic and timeless. Yea...