The Girl in the Tower

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I liked this better than <i>The Bear and the Nightingale</i> which is a pretty mean feat. But I'm a sucker for political intrigue, of which there is plenty in the second half of the book. This book picks up soon after the end of the previous book, and Vasya decides to travel and explore the world. In true folktale fashion, she coincidentally meets up with her priest-soldier brother and helps stop a bandit gang.

The first half of the book was a bit slow for me - this wasn't terribly surprising as the first book was the same way. But the second half I finished in a few days, and probably would have finished sooner except I was traveling a lot.

Arden does a great job...

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The Girl in the Tower is a fantastic follow up to The Bear and the Nightingale. We leave the country for the city where spirits no longer have domain. Our favorite witch must navigate treachery and rely on her family to once again save Russia from the forces of evil.
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Another strong effort from Katherine Arden. Readers of The Bear and the Nightingale will likely enjoy this continuation of protagonist Vasilisa's story.
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Absolutely enchanting follow-up to The Bear and the Nightingale.  Katherine Arden brilliantly continues Vasya's story in her newest novel of the Winternight Trilogy.  The second novel in the series is just as magical and imaginative as the first.  A historical fantasy novel influenced by Russian folklore, The Girl in the Tower is an extraordinary continuation of the book that readers all over the world fell in love with.
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Fabulous book.  Thoroughly loved.  Highly recommend!
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As dark and delicious and devastating as "The Bear and the Nightingale" this book more than delivers the goods. Katherine Arden has created a heroine for the ages in Vasya Petrovna the gutsy though somewhat misguided young woman who walks in two worlds. In the daylight she is the unfortunate looking last born daughter of a boyar from the Ruse wilderness who's intelligence and desire for independence might do worse than keep her from simply finding a husband. But by night she is the savior of the dying race of mystical and mysterious creatures from Ruse folklore and the beloved of the Winter King, a prince of death who protects and longs for her.

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The continuation of Vasya’s story from “The Bear and the Nightingale” was extremely enjoyable and action packed. In fact, it was so action packed that it was surprisingly different from the first book. Where “The Bear and the Nightingale” was a slow, more atmospheric build, “The Girl in the Tower” was briskly paced and went from one action piece to another. This isn’t a complaint, although I wouldn’t have minded a few more moments to slow down and get to know the characters better. Outside of Vasya, I didn’t feel that the characters were as fully developed and real as they were in the first book. There were a lot of times that Arden seemed to fall back into a generalized description to give...

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I read The Bear and the Nightingale back to back with this sequel and it was a stellar experience. The Girl in the Tower started out with a bang and never faltered! I am highly anticipating the third book in this series.
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Fans of Katherine Arden’s Winternight Trilogy and its first novel, The Bear and the Nightingale, will be pleased and excited at the publication of the second novel in the series, The Girl in the Tower, so quickly after the first was published less than a year earlier. And they will not be disappointed. The Girl in the Tower melds together the genres of historical fiction, fantasy, and mythology just as beautifully as the first novel did but in a different way.that is equally enjoyable. The novel continues the adventures of Vasya Petrovna in 14th century medieval Russia in a different way and introduces fascinating new characters to the mix. Here is how the novel begins: “Moscow, just...

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atherine Arden has done it again in the second of her Winternight series, after such a strong start with The Bear and the Nightingale. Our heroine Vasaya, last seen fleeing on her hourse Solovey from angry villagers who want to burn her as a witch, makes her wayto her frost demon Morozko, only to be sent to make the choice between two towers - one as a nun, the other as wife. So Vasya chooses life as a man and ends up advising the Grand Prince of Moscow.

The book bravely mixes elements of Russian folklore, fairy tale, religion, art and history into a great and glittering work. Arden's crystalline, stylized prose makes an entirely seductive world of harsh winters, luxurious Muscovite...

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The perfect book for a winter evening! This was fabulous, as good, if not better, than The Bear and the Nightingale.
This book is the perfect blend of historical fiction, with a touch of magic. 
Highly recommended!
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The story of Vasya and her horse Solovey continues from the first novel. In this one, there is a little less of the folklore that I loved in the first but the interaction with Morozko continues and we learn more about the sapphire and their relationship to each other, although leaving one eagerly wanting to know where their story will go.. A solid read, filled with action and adventure with historical medieval Russia as its background. It's not heavy on history although steeped in it and can be read entirely as a fantasy novel..
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This book is everything I wanted from the first book and more. Vasya is now a young women in a world of men. Her options are marriage or a convent, so she chooses neither and decides to travel the world. But she's quickly pulled into the political struggles of Moscow and in a moment of quick thinking, pretends to be a boy.

I'm not sure why I struggled so much with the first book, perhaps it was that Vasya was so young for a good portion, or perhaps it was that I listened to it and stumbled over all of the Russian names. But the description of this book lured me in and I'm so glad I gave it a go, because I adored this second installment.

I loved seeing more of Sasha after...

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Loved The Bear and the Nightingale and was looking forward to this one. I am so glad that this was just as good as the first. Now the wait for the third book! I love fairy tales and this doesn't disappoint!
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Vasya is stuck between a rock and a hard place. She has few options, at least none that she’d want. She decides to flee, instead of settling for marriage or becoming a nun, and finds herself at the door of the frost demon’s home.

Morozco, the frost demon, is one of my favorite parts of this series. Can you fall for a frost demon? All I know is I sure have. He is limited by his role and his immortality and even magic itself but something about Vasya stirs feelings in him and I loved how he wrestles with this.

This book marks a new aspect to Vasya’s relationship to him. Whereas they danced around a possible romance in The Bear And The Nightingale, here they start to explore it. But what...

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I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.

This action-packed fairy tale was an intriguing, and at some points dark, story of a young woman coming into her full potential. Vasilisa (Vasya for short) sets off on a journey and ends up involved in another other-world plot of doom. Along the way she finds her feelings for Morozko, the frost demon, growing unexpectedly. The beginning of this book I found a little hard to delve into. Even after I enjoyed the first book in the trilogy so much, the beginning of this book jumped right back into the story and it took me a minute to remember where we had left off. After I was able to get back with the story...

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The Girl in the Tower is the sequel to the very popular and well regarded book The Bear and the Nightingale; and it does not disappoint. This book is even better than the first one. The story is truly superb and really grasps at you, it is impossible to put down. The character of Vasya has grown so much over the course of the books and you deeply care about her and what happens to her family. I cannot wait to read the final book in the series.
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Well, this will probably be the last book I finish in 2017 since there is only 40 minutes left in the year. It took me a long time to read this book. This is not a book you pick up for a quick read. This is meant to be savored. The sequel of The Bear and the Nightingale, you definitely need to read the first book in order to understand the consequences and meaning behind what is going on in this book. If you loved the first book, you will love and be even more invested in the characters in this book. It will be the only thing that gets you through the slower paced middle part of this novel. There is still the suppression of women and the fear of different women or witches. Vasa is...

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Will post review after i publish my review on my blog
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I was definitely not disappointed with this book. When I saw that The Girl in the Tower involved Sasha and Olga (two characters who disappeared near the beginning of The Bear and the Nightingale and who I really wanted to get to know), I was so in. The fact that Vasya was dressed as a boy was also a plus, because when would I ever say no to a book with crossdressing women?

In any case, this book played out as a direct continuation of the events in The Bear in the Nightingale. Cast out by her village, Vasya pretty much runs away, finds Morozko, and gets trained by the frost-king to fend for herself. This would have been a problematic scene if not for the fact that not all of the...

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