The Girl in the Tower is the second novel in the Winternight trilogy by Katherine Arden. I enjoyed The Bear and the Nightingale (read my review on the blog) however it didn’t prepare me for how much I would LOVE The Girl in the Tower!
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 2383.0 KB
Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Ebury Digital; 01 edition (5 Dec. 2017)
For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or a life in a convent. Vasya will choose a third way: magic…
The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile bandits roam the countryside, burning the villages and kidnapping its daughters. Setting out to defeat the raiders, the Prince and his trusted companion come across a young man riding a magnificent horse.
Only Sasha, a priest with a warrior’s training, recognises this ‘boy’ as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical…
I couldn’t put this book down! Considering it was almost a year ago when I read The Bear and the Nightingale it was easy to step back into this mythical and magical world to continue Vasya’s story.
I said before that she was a kick ass heroine and my respect for Vasya has deepened. She stands strong for her beliefs throughout this story with plenty of action behind those beliefs … and despite everything that is thrown at her to make her fail in her quest. She is often her own worst enemy! I knew what she would choose but I still felt very sad. I felt like shouting at her not to throw everything away because surely there was so much worse to come.
I enjoyed spending time in the Moscow court with its intrigue and distrust. Kasyan Lutovitch made me feel uneasy from the beginning and I couldn’t work him out. Even now thinking about him gives me goosebumps! Dmitrii Ivanovich is a man of his time but I like to think he felt torn! I couldn’t believe who Aleksandr rescued on the road and brought to the Lavra. A pawn to be used …
It is such a stark landscape which dictates living and community (and compliments the myth/magic). I loved Vasya’s ride through the early morning, seeing everything through her eyes.
The Girl in the Tower was such a tense read for me. It breaks rules of both spirit and culture, bringing one into the other. I’m excited for the final story, The Winter of the Witch, publishing later this year. I’ve no doubt the battles will be just as tense with just as much to lose. I have a suspicion about one of the ‘demons’ and want to see what the prophecy meant for Marya.
If you enjoy fantasy, myth and the darker fairy tales you must read the Winternight trilogy. It’s outstanding.
The Girl in the Tower is available now in Kindle, hardcover and audiobook format with paperback publishing in August 2018.
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