Title: The Girl in the Tower
Author: Katherine Arden
Publication Date: 2018
Publishing House: Del Rey
This book, where to start? I loved it and could not pit it down. The Girl in the Tower begins like an epic in a way – in medias res – before going back and showing the events that lead to that point and moving forward. This writing style also reintroduces characters that left mid way through the first book. The reader and Vasya meet them again as adults and no longer the people they where when she was a child.
Arden introduce more Russian folklore while also exploring the intricacies of the social system. In The Bear and the Nightingale the social setting was mostly rural – the lands of a boyar and the untamed forest that surrounded it. In book two of The Winternight Trilogy Vasya enters Moscow and the Grand Princes inner circle. She begins to realize the implications of what could happen if her disguise as boy is revealed.
I cannot wait to read the final book in this series: The Winter of the Witch. I recommend this book for fans of The Bear and the Nightingale, for those who enjoy fairy tales and folklore. Happy reading.