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The Girl in the Tower

(The Winternight Trilogy #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  74,437 ratings  ·  8,006 reviews
The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden’s enchanting first novel, introduced readers to an irresistible heroine. Vasilisa has grown up at the edge of a Russian wilderness, where snowdrifts reach the eaves of her family’s wooden house and there is truth in the fairy tales told around the fire. Vasilisa’s gift for seeing what others do not won her the attention of Moro ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 360 pages
Published 2018 by Del Rey (first published December 5th 2017)
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chai ♡
I am unabashedly in love with this book.

The Girl in The Tower had me hooked, line and sinker. My heart filled with the remembered joy of giving yourself up to a book, while and entire, and letting it take you where it might. The first book prodded at the edges of my mind, but it was this one that climbed inside, turned several circles, and settled in with a grunt. Hours slipped by unseen, as though a shimmering veil of reverie has been drawn over me. I didn’t even register the ending happening b
Emily May
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, historical, fantasy, 2017
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 still as spirited as always, but older and wiser
Miranda Reads
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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 something about her dismal country.

What she did
Elena May
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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, good or mischievous protector spirits, ghosts and

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 perfection. This is the type of book that reminds me that lite
Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Did I tell you how I love this book so much?

Nope, words are not enough to express my feelings right now. This epic, lyrical, poetic, mythological fairy tale makes you feel every kind of feeling at the same time: amazed, courageous, playful, happy, energetic, liberated
Amalia Gkavea
‘’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 better than that the 1st part of the Winternight series and its atmosphe
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Brave 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 and as she embarks on a journey alone with her horse Solov
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best fantasy 2018! what will happen?

"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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
All the stars! Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Medieval Moscow

The 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 sure-footed and compelling in its telling, and with mo
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, as this was the book that kept on giving. not only does
Charlotte May
This is my 100th read of 2019 and I’ve now completed my reading challenge 😁

What an amazing book! 4.5 ⭐️

"Everytime 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."

I found this second novel to be just as magical and frightening as book 1.

Vasya has fled the only home she has ever known. After the death of her father and her entire village turning against her. On he
Elyse  Walters
Book Two in a Trilogy.....
"The Girl in the Tower", is the sequel to "The Bear and the Nightingale".

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 burning - and people have been killed.

From start to
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t know what to say other than Vasya has my heart.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The Bear and the Nightingale ★★★ 3/4
The Girl in the Tower ★★★★

I can't feel sorry for this girl in the tower because we all are
S O C I A L D I S T A N C I N G !!

Reviewed together with the last book!
Diane S ☔
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 of ancient myth. Those who can risk being labeled
Vasya's saga continues.


Alright, I was convinced to continue with this series because several friends told me that this book was even better than the 1st book. I wasn't all that sold on the slow pace of The Bear and the Nightingale but this one was supposedly where the action happened.
But it didn't.
The Girl in the Tower wasn't any better or any worse than its predecessor. It was, for me, exactly the same.
In my opinion, if book 1 didn't rock your socks off then this one won't either.
Or maybe it w
kath | novel + folk
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 cop

Every time you take one path, you must live with the memory of the other: of a life left unchosen

An 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 interpretation of Russian folklore, which made the story aliv

May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
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
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 hungry to see and know more than the small corner ...more
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 Katherine Arden's writing is so gorgeous and enchant
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, arc
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 else (in the best possible way) while still retain
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Lucy Langford
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved my reread of this!!

”Only if you are dying. Nothing could keep me from you then. I am Death, and I come to all when they die.”

Original review:


I raced through the rest of this book today- it was highly addictive and impossible to put down!

This is the second book to The Bear and the Nightingale trilogy. This book delved more into political unease and action, however the Russian folklore we were introduced to in the first book does appear and it was such a treat for the imag

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 a darker side. To balance that darker side, typic

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. Sometimes it even felt silly and simple. Next struggle I had
4.5 / 5 ~

Another brilliant novel by Katherine Arden. After reading three books of hers, I’m beginning to think there’s nothing she can’t write well.

The writing, as expected, was flawless and lyrical. Though, unlike the first novel in the series, this installment moved at a much quicker pace. And although I enjoyed the slow pace of The Bear and the Nightingale, the faster pace in The Girl in the Tower was more fitting since more happened. Or, at least, I felt like more happened. I mean there’s
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 bo
Em Lost In Books
I was loving this till the moment Vasya decided to come to Moscow. There was uncertainty in the story before this decision was made. Perhaps she could have remain in forest and author could have so in some other tale in there but once she entered Moscow, her fate was sealed and so of the story. The tried formula of her becoming a sacrificial lamb for the safety loved ones, the guilt, and foolishness of being so full of herself... It was predictable.
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