The Girl in the Tower

The Girl in the Tower

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home--but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101885963
1101885963
Characteristics: 362 pages ; 25 cm

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a2mayer
Dec 02, 2020

A beautifully woven Russian fairy-tale. This second installment of the Winternight trilogy did not disappoint. I was a little unsure when I started reading because this book is set in Moscow and not the countryside which I loved from The Bear and the Nightingale. But I was soon captivated with the spellbinding narrative and a host of new magical creatures. I’m looking forward to book three!

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miraellie
Apr 20, 2020

Though I did miss the insular feeling of the first book which took place primarily in Vasya's village, the new expanded world did fit the grander storyline of this sequel. It was nice to catch all the Russian folklore hints before the story really wove them together and still winding up surprised at the fresh spin Arden puts on them.

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miraellie
Apr 20, 2020

Though I did miss the insular feeling of the first book which took place primarily in Vasya's village, the new expanded world did fit the grander storyline of this sequel. It was nice to catch all the Russian folklore hints before the story really wove them together and still winding up surprised at the fresh spin Arden puts on them.

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EljayJohnson
Mar 19, 2020

The adventures of brave, infuriating, maturing, reckless, confused Vasya continue in book 2 of the Winternight Trilogy. Arden has created a vibrant and magical world, combining folk and fairy tale, history, and lyrical feminism. It's filled with monsters and family and ghosts and love and a remarkable coming-of-age story to boot. I love it. Only missed 5 stars because of an overlong beginning of aimless wandering - necessary to the furthering of the story but a little tiresome to read.

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DazzlingMoonlight
Oct 18, 2019

A beautifully imagined combination of Russian folklore and historical fiction. This is the second book in the Winternight trilogy that gets better with each novel. Join Vasilisa on her heroic conclusion in The Winter of the Witch. Enchanting to read, even more impressive to listen to on audio.

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julia_sedai
Aug 22, 2019

I really liked it! It took me a while to remember all the things from the first book so I had to look on Google. The story continues and it was great. Entertaining, well-written, moving. Vasya is an interesting character, who has her own strengths and weaknesses that I think most people can relate to. And of course the winter-king <3 I also thought the villain was well done, even if predictable.

Once again I was reading about Russian winter in the middle of summer. I'm excited to read the next one!

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Palomino
Jul 23, 2019

Beautifully written, rich in imagination, that horse cracks me up. It's a story I've never read before, which is unusual in fantasy /fairytale genre. You must read book 1 first.

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finn75
Feb 20, 2019

This is a welcome sequel to one of my favourite fantasy books. It carries on the tale of our heroine as she struggles to find a place for herself in a society that fears magic and wayward women!

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goddessbeth
Jan 17, 2019

Although I didn't love this one as much as the first book, Arden's writing continues to be absolutely on point. I've never been more interested in medieval Russia than when I read this series! Vasya is still very much Vasya, although starting to grow up and realize the consequences of her actions (albeit still being a bit...uhm...brash). I don't even know what to touch on and what to avoid for spoilers, so I'll say this: There's an ending that made me a little teary. There's also still unanswered questions, including one major new one, that makes me think the third story might be Vasya....with Masha? Maybe. The conquering of the villain was, once again, almost incidental to the overall story of magic in medieval Russia (and the question of whether it's possible to be true to yourself vs become what others expect you to be, and the good and bad sides to both of those). If you liked the first book (The Bear and the Nightingale) you should pick this one up.

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traceyrb
Oct 09, 2018

3.5 stars. I think I enjoyed this more than the first. I listened to this on audiobook whilst doing household chores which was easy to do as this is not a book with any great depths. I do find all the different demons/gods a bit hard to keep track of and feel that they are convenient inclusions to get Vasilia out of a situation and for the author to move the story forward, rather than meaningful characters. I will listen to the final book of the trilogy and sum up then.

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miraellie
Apr 20, 2020

Sexual Content: Some light sexual talk, but nothing graphic. Vasya is assaulted, kissed against her will, at a late point in the novel.

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miraellie
Apr 20, 2020

Violence: Some graphic description of victims and scenes of graphic fighting.

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miraellie
Apr 20, 2020

Coarse Language: Women are referred to as bitches about three times in the novel.

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miraellie
Apr 20, 2020

Violence: Some graphic scenes of victims and fighting.

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miraellie
Apr 20, 2020

Coarse Language: Women are referred to as bitches about three times in the book; some sexual talk, but nothing graphic.

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miraellie
Apr 20, 2020

“But yes,” he said wearily. “As I could, I loved you. Now will you go? Live.”
“I, too,” she said. “In a childish way, as girls love heroes that come in the night, I loved you.”

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miraellie
Apr 20, 2020

“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.”

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miraellie
Apr 20, 2020

“But yes,” he said wearily. “As I could, I loved you. Now will you go? Live.”
“I, too,” she said. “In a childish way, as girls love heroes that come in the night, I loved you.”

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miraellie
Apr 20, 2020

“I carve things of wood because things made by effort are more real than things made by wishing.”

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miraellie
Apr 20, 2020

“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.”

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Apr 20, 2020

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