Book Review – The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

 The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)
Author: Katherine Arden
Publish Date: December 5, 2017
# of Pages: 384
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
(**Warning: Possible spoilers!**)


(From Goodreads) 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.


This book was fantastic. Honestly. I adore the fairytale feel to this series. The demons, the fae-like creatures, the unexplainable powers—all of it. It’s magical, and it pulls you in.

I absolutely adore Vasya. I will never tire of female characters who shirk societal norms in their quest to be something greater than society believes they can be. Vasya goes as far as posing as a boy in this book, that way she can fight, ride horses solo, and talk openly with men. As a woman, her life would be marriage and children. As a man, she can be free.

Vasya’s quest in this book is noble. She wants to see the world. But not too long after she sets out, she stumbles across burned villages. From there, she plays hero to two girls and fights alongside the Prince of Russia. She’s reunited with her sister and brother, which is a rocky reunion at best. By posing as a boy, she puts them in a precarious situation with the Prince.

The end of the book is awesome. I loved the sorcerer versus frost demon narrative, and I loved Vasya’s role in it all.

This book rocked, and I can’t wait until the next book is released!


“A woman married. Or she became a nun. Or she died. That was what being a woman meant. What, then, was she?”

“That which you call magic is simply not allowing the world to be other than as you will it.”

“I did not know I was lonely, she thought, until I was no longer alone.”

“Truths are like flowers, better plucked at the right moment.”

“Perhaps I am not so wise as you would have me, for all my years in this world. I do not know what you should choose. Every time you take one path, you must live with the memory of the other: of a life left unchosen. Decide as seems best, one course or the other; each way will have its bitter with its sweet.”

“Witch. The word drifted across his mind. We call such women so, because we have no other name.”

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