The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2) by Katherine Arden

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)

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...

Details The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)

TitleThe Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherDel Rey
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Young Adult, Fairy Tales

Reviews The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)

  • Emily May
    Every time you take one path, you must live with the memory of the other: of a life left unchosen. Decide as seems best, one course or the other; each way will have its bitter with its sweet. Magical. Dark. Beautiful. Fans of The Bear and the Nightingale should love this sequel at least as much as its predecessor. The Girl in the Tower contains everything I loved about the first book, but I feel like Vasya has really grown as a character. She's s...
  • Melanie
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.1.) The Bear and the Nightingale ★★★★★ “Vasilisa Petrovna, murderer, savior, lost child, rode away from the house in the fir-grove.” Hi, my name is Melanie and I’m in love with a frost demon. You guys, please stop sleeping on this series. This is the best historical fantasy I’ve ever read in my entire life. And all of the Russian folklore is actual pe...
  • Miranda Reads
    4.5 stars. “Has the world run dry of warriors?' She asked...'There were no heroes,' said Vasya between her teeth. 'There was only me.” Vasya lives in a time where women were not given many choices. A woman married. Or she became a nun. Or she died. That was what being a woman meant. Wanting neither of the three, Vasya chooses to remake herself to create her own, fourth option. She takes up the mantle of a warrior and sets off to do somethi...
  • Mischenko
    To see this review and others please visit www.readrantrockandroll.comBrave Vasya, older and wild as ever, is faced with a choice to either marry or live in a convent as a nun. Neither choice seems applicable to her and she would rather die riding in the frozen wintry forest than be stuck living a life that doesn’t fit her. She’s been deemed a witch and questions still loom regarding her father’s death. Vasya needs to discover who she is an...
  • Amalia Gavea
    ‘’Think of me sometimes’’, he returned, ‘’When the snowdrops have bloomed and the snow has melted.’’ Moving on to the 2nd book of the trilogy immediately after finishing the 1st volume was a no-brainer and from the very first pages, I knew that this would prove to be an exciting journey. Well, ‘’exciting’’ is an understatement actually. In my opinion, this was a rollercoaster of images, of characters and emotions. It was b...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    All the stars! Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:Medieval MoscowThe Girl in the Tower (2017), a medieval Russian fantasy, continues the story of Vasilisa (Vasya), a young woman whose story began in Katherine Arden’s debut novel The Bear and the Nightingale, one of my favorite fantasies from early 2017. That makes it a hard act to follow, but there’s no sophomore slump here. The Girl in the Tower is an even stronger novel, more ...
  • jessica
    if ‘the bear and the nightingale’ is a comforting fairytale read right before falling asleep, then ‘the girl in the tower’ is an epic legend that is shared among friends sat around a fireplace. both are tales, rich in wonder and mystery; but where the first books strength is in its quiet enchantment, this sequel draws on its sense of daring adventure. i think those who thought TBATN was too boring and slow will be quite pleased with TGITT...
  • Elyse
    Book Two in a Trilogy..... "The Girl in the Tower", is the sequel to "The Bear and the Nightingale". which is DAZZLING- GLORIOUS - and SENSATIONAL!!!Once again, author Katherine Arden has done something really extraordinary-- she gives us an historical fiction medieval Russian Fairy Tale.....Incredibly creative and breathtaking. The history itself is educational and fascinating....also barbarous-and complex. It's dangerous times: villages are bur...
  • karen
    "You are immortal, and perhaps I seem small to you," she said at last fiercely. "But my life is not your game.”this book is that rare second-in-a-trilogy novel that aspires to be more than just a bridge of clockwatching filler between two points. it actually does what the second-in-a-trilogy book should do, but rarely accomplishes - it progresses the action and allows the character some elbow room in which to grow; to become what the challenges...
  • Lola
    Vasya is a child no more. Disguised as a boy, she wanders the forest, set to become a traveler and explore the world she was once kept away from. Unfortunately, the world can be dangerous and the people cruel even to a boy.If you found The Bear and the Nightingale marvellous, you should have no problem being swept away by this sequel. It contains more action than its predecessor, but it remains a slow-paced character-driven story, fortunately wit...
  • Diane S ☔
    4.5 I have never been a fantasy reader, not sure if this is even considered fantasy. I have, however, always enjoyed history and ancient myths. I like to consider these books folklore and legend brought to life, but may be fooling myself. Either way I fell in love with book one, eagerly awaited this book two, fell into both with immense interest and joy.Medieval Russia, superstitions at the forefront, many believe but few can see these creatures ...
  • Nastassja
    Every time you take one path, you must live with the memory of the other: of a life left unchosenAn adventure Vasya started in book 1 continues in The Girl from the Tower. More action, more folklore, more romance, more political intrigues - book two suppresses its predecessor in every aspect or is it? One of the most amazing things i loved about the bear and the nightingale - its darkness. Without a doubt the book was a visibly darker interpretat...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!Fairy tales were passed from generation to generation through their telling, oral traditions, lessons, cautionary tales. Most fairy tales were born this way, through stories told generation after generation, and then eventually put to print. The original versions of these fairy tales, the ones that we were typically raised on, are not the Disneyfied ones that we think of, cleansed of sex, rape, incest, murder, but still contain...
  • Hannah
    I adore the world Katherine Arden has created here. The things I loved, loved, loved about the first part of this series are still all here:- brilliant characters with believable interactions,- sibling relationships that are complicated and true,- an atmosphere so all-encompassing that it makes you forget your own surroundings,- wonderfully immersive descriptions,- a surprising and wonderful way to construct sentences that just sound like nobody ...
  • Paromjit
    We return to the entrancing and magical world of Vasya in medieval Russia. A grief stricken Vasya mourns the loss of Dunya and her father, wanders the icy forests, unable to return to her family home of Lesnaya Zemlya, branded a witch by the locals, threatened with marriage and the convent, choices that are anathema to her. She is naive to the ways of the world, men, political intrigue, ghosts, the fire bird, sorcerers, Moscow and more but she is...
  • Karen
    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 grat...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    "Close your eyes," he said into her ear. "Come with me."She did so, and suddenly she saw what he saw. She was the wind, the clouds gathering in the smoky sky, the thick snow of deep winter. She was nothing. She was everything. ✨ I wish I had thought of a way to create a magical gem in which I'd have kept all the beautiful words because let's face it, my ability to write a review has been seriously fading these past months.I want to say that Ka...
  • Emma
    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 ...
  • Sam
    Katherine Arden's fusion of an icy folkloric fantasy and historical fiction set in medieval Russia captivated me (and many other readers) in The Bear and the Nightingale. The Girl in the Tower is a worthy sequel to Arden's spellbinding debut and Vasya, Morozko and the wonders of Arden's world are all here and full imagined, but the stakes are raised, the pace quickened, the political machinations deeper and the overall mood darker and more ominou...
  • Luffy
    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...
  • Orient
    Here comes the party-pooper. Yeah, that’s me. While reading Bear and the Nightingale I was charmed with the story and Vasya and couldn’t wait to dive into book two. After finishing the second book, I’m still not sure what to make of this story. It started in an interesting twist, but when it came to the new Vasya and her role…… I couldn’t get into Vasya’s new role fully as it felt like a weakly based one, like an unfinished painting...
  • Kath ☽ sheturnspages
    Re-read 2018 thoughts:It’s official. Morozko is my book husband. I really missed Alyosha, but Sasha is a more than fair replacement. Everyone deserves an older brother like Sasha.Original review:Ohh guys, 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,...
  • Zoeytron
    Beneath the trees swaying in the darkness, peering from behind cringing shadows, inhuman eyes are watching and waiting. Something evil is stirring in medieval Russia, burning villages, snatching girl children and spiriting them away leaving no trace. Beware a bird with a woman's face, a priest with a bitter soul, a tower made of bones, and a staircase without an end. After fleeing from the only options given her - marrying or joining a nunnery - ...
  • Sara
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Well this was truly magical to read. I loved the previous novel in this series, The Bear and the Nightingale, and had high hopes for the follow up. I was not disappointed. Everything I loved from the first novel - the atmospheric setting of medieval Russia, the richness and depth of characters, and a strong background rooted in Russian folklore were developed and expanded upon to mak...
  • Phrynne
    The second book in the trilogy and every bit as good as the first!Again Arden serves up big helpings of Russian folklore and fairy tales and adds a dash of her own magic to the mix. Vasya is still the same great character, trying to avoid her fate of marriage or a convent in a time when, for women, there was nothing else. Her best friend is Solovey, her horse , and their conversations are wonderful. There is a lot of action in this book, lots of ...
  • Carrie
    The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden is the second book in the Winternight Trilogy. In the first book of the series, The Bear and the Nightingale the story introduced readers to young Vasilisa who lived at the edge of the Russian wilderness where winter lasts most of the year with her father and siblings. It was there that Vasilisa and the children gathered around the fire at night and listened to the tale of Frost, a much feared blue eyed wi...
  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    5 Reasons To Read The Girl In The Tower ★★★★✬ 4.5 starsYou can read the full and formatted review here on my blog.Reason #1. Vasya Is A Great Model Of Female Power Vasya is such an amazing woman! Sure, she's a tomboy, she's rash and doesn't quite think things through, but also? She's brave, she's daring, and through her character and her experiences, we get to see the obstacles women had to face before our times. I have always known th...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    4.5 sparkling stars"Arden’s lush, lyrical writing cultivates an intoxicating, visceral atmosphere, and her marvelous sense of pacing carries the novel along at a propulsive clip. A masterfully told story of folklore, history, and magic with a spellbinding heroine at the heart of it all.”—Booklist First of all, I love how this series encapsulates fantastical elements of Russian fairy tales into the time period of the middle ages surrounding ...