The Girl in the Tower Book reviews


Author(s): Katherine ArdenDownload  


The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

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kath | novel + folk rated it      

Morozko is my book husband. That is all.

Ohh, this beautiful book. It was everything I hoped for and more after falling in love with The Bear and the Nightingale earlier this year. It brings into sharp focus many things only hinted at in BEAR, and is packed with action, intrigue, and yes, even some R O M A N C E (I can’t spoil the surprise but I must say, I’m a happy little toaster strudel). Now excuse me while I go into a cozy book coma for a while.

Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Luffy rated it      

So this is how one follows up a great book with a great sequel… while reading my mickey-taking brain cells were fully awake, yet I can find no reason to criticize this book, except for its name, which has the word ‘Girl’ in its title.

The story progresses seamlessly. Vasya does the type of things that even the most rebellious of princesses would balk at. She wants to be free, and so she disguises herself as a guy and makes her way into the world.

Only there’s a twist. I’ll let you read the book and find out for yourself. I haven’t rated two consecutive fantasy books 5 stars since Game of Thrones and the first two books from the Stormlight Archives. Suffice to say that you’ll be thoroughly… insanely and obscenely entertained when reading this book.


Karen rated it      

5 stars for this beautiful, medieval Russian fantasy!
The story of Vasya continues! Orphaned, and exiled from her village in the woods following her fathers death, she longs to see the world, and to not be put in the traditional role of wife, that would be for young girls of her age. She takes off on her magical horse, dressed as a boy.
There are such dynamic characters in this story. I was very taken by this second book of the trilogy!

A very grateful thank you to Random House for sending this book to me!


Emma rated it      

Beautifully realised follow up to the magical The Bear and the Nightingale, this book builds and expands on both the world and characters we all loved so much in the first instalment.

After a quick flash of Vasya fleeing into the woods after the events at the end of the last book, we are taken into the world of her sister, Olga. If, like me, you worry that the focus has been switched, fear not… we are soon back with our heroine and her faithful horse, Solovey, determined to escape the confines of her village and accusations of witchcraft. But this is not a girl who is going to accept the traditions and restrictions of Russian society, religion, or her family; she is bold and fearless, she needs to be free and she wants more for herself. And boy do we want more for her, rarely have I cheered on a girl so much. Here we get to see her grow even more into herself, both as a woman and in her special affinity for the domovoi; it would be a remarkable story even without the supernatural. The foundation in both Russian history and folk lore has once again been extensively researched by Arden, illustrated in spectacular detail throughout the book, and infusing the tale with both darkness and enchantment. Yet it is all blended so well together that the reader is drawn into believing Frost demons, spirits, and sorcerers are real. It is unlike anything else out there.

The mix of the folk, fantastic, and historical makes this series one of the most appealing and wonderful out there, it’s beautiful and fun and worthy of your time. Highly recommended.

ARC via Netgalley.


Beverly rated it      

Book 2 of the Winternight Trilogy, The Girl In the Tower, is a solid sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale. The story of Vasya continues as she makes her way through the forest and to Moscow on her great adventure. She must dress like and present herself as a boy to travel unhindered. Vasya kept me angry through a lot of it. Her poor decisions get her into trouble time after time. Yes, she is her own woman, she’s independent and strong, but if only she showed a little thought before she plunged in, I would not be so exasperated with the character. She continually places herself in the center of attention, even as she is trying to pass as a boy.
She does get reunited with her beloved brother and sister in this story and we learn a little bit more about her ancestors. Katherine Arden has beguiled me again with her lovely imagery and the fairy tale folk of medieval Russia. I can’t wait for the conclusion.


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