Title: The Girl in the Tower
Author: Katherine Arden
Format: eBook, courtesy of NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine
Start Date: October 20, 2017
End Date: November 8, 2017
Rating: 4.5 stars
Sasha looked at his sister. He had never thought of her as girlish, but the last trace of softness was gone. The quick brain, the strong limbs were there: fiercely, almost defiantly present, though concealed beneath her encumbering dress. She was more feminine than she had ever been, and less.
Witch. The word drifted across his mind. We call such women so, because we have no other name.
The Girl in the Tower is the highly-anticipated sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale (my review here) in Katherine Arden’s The Winternight Trilogy.
It continues the story of Vasilisa Petrovna – Vasya – after her village shunned her and cast her out as a witch, leaving her with only two options: go to a convent or get married. Being a headstrong, independent, and obstinate girl who fears being locked away, she instead defies convention and rides out with her horse, Solovey, disguised as a boy in search of adventure. It isn’t long until she finds trouble – or trouble finds her – and she finds herself in Moscow.
The Girl in the Tower was a very intriguing read, and I think it was even better than The Bear and the Nightingale. The story drew me in from the first page, and I kept wanting to know what would happen next to Vasya and her siblings.
Both of Arden’s books have been very atmospheric reads, which are perfect for the season. I think The Girl in the Tower was a little more action-packed whereas the previous book was more set-up, though both were equally magical.
The second book isn’t even officially released yet, and I already can’t wait.
Thank you to NetGalley and Del Rey (Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine) for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.