The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine ArdenFor a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or a life in a convent. Vasya will choose a third way: magic…

The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile, bandits roam the countryside, burning the villages and kidnapping its daughters. Setting out to defeat the raiders, the Prince and his trusted companion come across a young man riding a magnificent horse.

Only Sasha, a priest with a warrior’s training, recognises this ‘boy’ as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical…

The Girl in the Tower

“I will see the world beyond this forest, and I will not count the cost.”

I was so excited to receive an ARC of The Girl in the Tower from the lovely Ebury Publishing and was thrilled to accept their invitation to be part of the blog tour. The Bear and the Nightingale is one of my favourite books so I’d love to encourage more people to read this beautiful series. The Girl in the Tower opens in Moscow with Sasha and Olga who we last saw at the beginning of the first book. It was great to read more about these characters and to discover how their lives had unfolded since leaving home. Vasya’s reunion with them was painfully realistic and felt emotionally true. Katherine Arden writes wonderful sibling relationships that are nuanced and full of emotional depth. It’s easy to identify with each sibling and understand their frustrations underpinned by love.

“Only boys and fools think men are first in courage. We do not bear children.”

Part two picks up where the first book ended, with Vasya leaving home and planning to travel. She first visits Morozko’s house to stay for a while, and I loved the growing relationship between Vasya and Morozko. The mysterious bond they share is woven through the book, overwhelming both of them at times. I’m eager to see what happens to them in the final book released later this year. Solovey was definitely one of my favourite characters – I adore everything about him – plus his bond with Vasya is beautiful. A new character introduced in this book is the mysterious Kasyan Lutovich, and I was eager to discover more about him and his motivations.

“You are immortal, and perhaps I seem small to you … But my life is not your game.”

It seems like The Winter of the Witch promises to explore the secret of Vasya’s magical heritage and reveal more about her grandmother and great-grandmother. I also need to know what happens with Morozko after the ending of The Girl in the Tower. I didn’t think this could live up to my love for the first book but it turned out to be just as hauntingly beautiful and memorable. The imagery and language were wonderfully lyrical, and the storyline was pure magic. The final book in the trilogy is definitely my most-anticipated 2018 release.

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Ebury has kindly sent me a paperback copy of The Bear and the Nightingale and a newly-released hardback of The Girl in the Tower to give away to one lucky reader. To enter:

✅ Retweet the tweet below (one entry)

✅ Make sure you’re following my blog (one entry) 


✅ Follow my bookstagram account (one entry) 

Please comment below to confirm you’ve followed my blog, and/or followed my bookstagram (adding your twitter handle would be super helpful). 

Terms and conditions

1. Winners will be chosen using a random name generator

2. Competition closes midnight 31 January 2018

3. No giveaway accounts

4. You may choose to complete 1, 2, or 3 tasks. 

5. This giveaway is international



  1. Des

    27 January 2018 at 1:28 PM

    Hi! I have follow you on Twitter and RT your giveaway tweet (my handle is [at]endless_rants) and I have followed you on Instagram/Bookstagram (my handle is [at]des_reads). Thanks!

  2. Kelly

    27 January 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Thanks for the chance! 🙂 I followed your blog, retweeted (@kellykov_), and followed your bookstagram (@struggling_bookaholic)!

  3. Aimal

    27 January 2018 at 5:38 PM

    Thanks for the chance! I followed your blog, retweeted (@zaynwinterfell) and followed on Instagram (@bookshelvesandpaperbacks!)

  4. Nadja Lundstrøm

    27 January 2018 at 5:45 PM

    Hi 😊
    I now follow your blog (which is quite cool tbh) and your instagram account (my name is Reuzam2000, if you need to check😅)

  5. Erika Crowe

    27 January 2018 at 5:47 PM

    I can’t wait to read these! My Twitter is @geminifluffy and insta is @erikalcrowe. My also followed your blog. Thank you for the chance!

  6. Claire Andrews

    27 January 2018 at 5:50 PM

    Thanks for the chance! I followed you here, on Twitter and Instagram! My handle for both Insta and Twitter is @cmandrewslit

  7. María Belén

    27 January 2018 at 7:35 PM

    Followed your Blog, Retweeted (MabelMoran15) and Instagram (mabelmoran). Thank you for the chance.

  8. Danielle @Life of a Literary Nerd

    27 January 2018 at 11:11 PM

    I love hearing so many great things about this series, and It’s definitely one I want to get to this year. I followed you on twitter and retweeted the tweet, and II followed you on ista too (twitter/inst handle: @ahyperboliclife). I also followed you blog.

  9. Angie

    28 January 2018 at 6:35 PM

    I really liked The Bear and the Nightingale but I LOVED The Girl in the Tower! I have been eying the UK covers – they are so beautiful! I’ve followed your blog, retweeted (mustwonder), and followed on Instagram (sparksinwords). 🙂

  10. Cierra Foley

    28 January 2018 at 6:59 PM

    Thank you so much for the chance!!! These are such beautiful books! I followed you on Instagram (@sortacaffeinated) and Twitter (@caffeinatedwyrm)!!

  11. Ashtyn @ Wonderland's Reader

    28 January 2018 at 7:56 PM

    What an awesome giveaway! Thank you! I followed you on twitter (@AshtynStann) and retweeted! I also followed you on instagram (wonderlandsreader)! Thanks for the great opportunity! Glad you liked this book!

  12. Aimee (Aimee, Always)

    29 January 2018 at 11:54 AM

    I haven’t read the first book yet, but I LOVE the covers and the premises. Adding the first book to my TBR. So glad you loved this one. <3
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  13. Carlye Ignatenko

    29 January 2018 at 3:33 PM

    Thanks for the chance to win! I followed you on Instagram (Carlyekat) and I followed your blog using my Bloglovin app. BWe

  14. Carlye Ignatenko

    29 January 2018 at 3:36 PM

    No clue how that typo appeared in my post, but I have to acknowledge it or the OCD gods will smite me! 😂

  15. Marwah Sadat

    30 January 2018 at 5:20 PM

    Hi! I retweeted your post, followed you on Twitter and Instagram as well! (Gorgeous posts by the way omg)

    My Twitter is @xoalwaysmari and my Instagram is @alwaysmari 🙂

  16. Liz Whitehouse

    31 January 2018 at 6:40 AM

    I’ve followed and Retweeted!! My Twitter handle is @LizHannah25 and Instagram @Lizwhitehouse25.

  17. scorpiobookdreams

    1 February 2018 at 2:44 PM

    Thank you all for entering. I’ve announced the winner over on Twitter as @Liz Hannah25!

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