Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings. If ye haven’t read the first book in this series, the bear and the nightingale, then ye might want to skip this post and go read the first book. Worth the read. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . . . .
the girl in the tower (Katherine Arden)
Title: the girl in the tower
Author: Katherine Arden
Publication Date: TODAY!!! (hardcover/e-book)
Source: the publisher – Arrrr!
The first book, the bear and the nightingale, was one of me top 5 reads of 2017. So imagine me delight when I was given a copy of this sequel. Like book one, this installment contains another stunning cover and another beautiful lyrical story that had me besotted.
While book one could be read as standalone, I am so very glad that I got to experience more of Vasya’s adventures. This book immediately transported me back to medieval Russia. The difference is that in the first book, ye got to read about a tiny village in the dark Russian countryside. Now Vasya has fled her childhood home and is trying to figure out what she wants her future to be all while dealing with the realities in the world-at-large.
I continued to love reading about the relationships between Vasya and her siblings. Time has passed since they all saw one another and all three of them are struggling to deal with the changes that time and growing up have wrought on one another. While love is there, societal pressure is a force to be reckoned with. There also continues to be the juxtaposition of Christianity and pagan beliefs that leads to some fascinating events.
The highlights continue to be Solovey, the portrayal of the society of women, the awesome folklore creatures, and the rich character relationships. I cannot wait to read more about Vasya and the Winter-King, Morozko. It was a magical thrilling story that transported me to a different time and place. I want the next book!
So lastly . . .
Thank you Random House!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
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.
Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.
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