The Girl in the Tower is the sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale. As expected from Katherine Arden it is lush and such a joy to read. If you have not read The Bear and the Nightingale don’t read this review. I don’t want to spoil you.
After winning over the attention of Morozko the village condemns Vasya as a witch. She can either get married or join a convent. Instead she dresses herself as a boy and takes off on an adventure. Along the way she wins a fight with bandits. This draws the attention of the Grand Prince. He takes her back to court where she must hide her secret. If anyone finds out that she is female it will bring shame to her family. Little does she know her biggest problem is not her secret. Her family, and the entirety of Moscow, is in danger.
I continue to be stunned with this series. Katherine Arden is extremely talented.This is a book that will make you catch a breath because the writing is superb.
The dynamic in this one has shifted a little. In the first part of the book Vasya is finding herself in the wilderness. By the middle of the book she is wrapped up in Moscow’s politics. I like this change, but I did like the wilderness a bit better.
Another thing that has evolved is Vasya and Morozko’s relationship. Their chemistry is some of the best I have ever experienced. I’m ready to see how that develops in the last book.
My favorite character dynamic is between Vasya and her horse, Solovey. Vasya can speak with him so he has a strong presence in the story.
I will continue to gush about this series. I am sad that I only have one book left.
My rating: 5/5