The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

The Girl in the Tower

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

TitleThe Girl in the Tower
ISBN9781101885987
Author
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherDel Rey Books
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Fairy Tales
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Reviews The Girl in the Tower

  • Emily May
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Mischenko
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    ‘’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☽
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Elyse
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    NOW AVAILABLE!!!"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 wha...
  • Lola Reviewer
    1970-01-01
    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 ☔
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    !! 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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Emma
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Kath ☽ She Turns Pages
    1970-01-01
    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,...
  • Orient
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Zoeytron
    1970-01-01
    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 - ...
  • Phrynne
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Carrie
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Elena May
    1970-01-01
    Witch. The word drifted across his mind. We call such women so, because we have no other name. When I first read this book’s description, I was afraid it would turn into a generic adventure, without the magical elements that made The Bear and the Nightingale so charming. I shouldn’t have worried! The story has all the wonder and magic of the source material and of the previous book.Once again, we enter a wondrous world of magical creatures, ...
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    1970-01-01
    How can it be that I loved this book even more than The Bear and the Nightingale??? Full review to follow.
  • Erin
    1970-01-01
    Audiobook performed by Kathleen Gati 13h 3m Awwwwww... The sequel to "The Bear and the Nightingale" brings readers back to Rus and it is pretty A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Immediately picking up where its predecessor left off, Vasya is heading out for adventure. Katherine Arden is going to put her main character through so many heartbreaking moments. But our heroine remains the strong female that I have definitely come to adore. Love the infusion of some hist...