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