The Girl in the Tower

The Girl in the Tower

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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A remarkable young woman blazes her own trail, from the backwoods of Russia to the court of Moscow, in the exhilarating sequel to Katherine Arden's bestselling debut novel, 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 Morozko--Frost, the winter demon from the stories--and together they saved her people from destruction. But Frost's aid comes at a cost, and her people have condemned her as a witch.

Now Vasilisa faces an impossible choice. Driven from her home by frightened villagers, the only options left for her are marriage or the convent. She cannot bring herself to accept either fate and instead chooses adventure, dressing herself as a boy and setting off astride her magnificent stallion Solovey.

But after Vasilisa prevails in a skirmish with bandits, everything changes. The Grand Prince of Moscow anoints her a hero for her exploits, and she is reunited with her beloved sister and brother, who are now part of the Grand Prince's inner circle. She dares not reveal to the court that she is a girl, for if her deception were discovered it would have terrible consequences for herself and her family. Before she can untangle herself from Moscow's intrigues--and as Frost provides counsel that may or may not be trustworthy--she will also confront an even graver threat lying in wait for all of Moscow itself.

Praise for The Girl in the Tower

"[A] magical story set in an alluring Russia." -- Paste

"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 (starred review)

"[A] sensual, beautifully written, and emotionally stirring fantasy . . . Fairy tales don't get better than this." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[Katherine] Arden once again delivers an engaging fantasy that mixes Russian folklore and history with delightful worldbuilding and lively characters." -- Library Journal
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2017
ISBN: 9781101885970
1101885971
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc

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KristyJewel
Dec 13, 2017

I just finished this book and all I can do is wish that I was still reading it. Katherine Arden is a masterful story weaver. I was completely lost in this world. I loved it and truly wish that I was still in this world that Katherine Arden wove.

I had doubts that this book could match the first in the series and I was wrong. It is just a beautiful and just as powerful. I cannot even imagine picking up another fantasy in the next few weeks simply because this book has created a world that I do not wish to leave.

The characters are the same characters that we all found and loved in "The Bear and the Nightingale" but they have matured and shown great growth. The plot was unique and it engulfs you in flames. It really is beautiful.

If you're a fan of Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters series this will be an enchanting read for you. It has the beautiful characters and world that you are accustomed to.

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