Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Publication Date: December 5th, 2017
Publisher: Del Rey
I did not know what to expect when I started this book, but it was definitely not that I would fall in love with it. The Girl in the Tower is the sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale, which takes place in Russia. At the end of the last book, Vasya accidentally kills her father and runs away letting rumors spread about her dying and her dad being killed by a bear in the woods. While in hiding, Vasya dresses up as a boy and soon finds a village where 3 girls have been taken by a group of bandits that had burned everything. Vasya takes it upon herself to save these 3 girls where she soon finds her cousin (the prince) and her brother (a monk that ran away from home). Her brother pleads her to escape while she can before her disguise is uncovered, however her cousin continues to become attached to the brave Vasya. This books follows the plot of Vasya hiding her gender and pretending to be someone else while uncovering the bandits that keep burning down villages.
The beginning of this book was a little slow for me, but it quickly picked up the pace and soon made me never want to put down the book. Katherine Arden has masterly crafted a beautiful and magical world mixed in with the nonfiction Russia. I have fallen in love with all of the characters especially Vasya who is a smart young girl that is very brave. She is constantly running into trouble, but always finds a way out of it. I also feel very connected with Vasya’s horse, Solovey, because he is a magical horse that can talk to Vasya and give her advice. All of the characters were very well created and have so many different depths to them.
I greatly enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait to find out what happens in the third installment in the series. I will miss the characters and the world that Arden created. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone that love YA fantasy novels and awesome main characters that are super valiant and daring.
I received this book for free from Library Things courtesy of Penguin Random house in exchange for an honest review.