“You shouldn’t have told them I was a girl. Then they might have believed that I was dangerous.”
One girl can make a difference…
Moscow has burned nearly to the ground, leaving its people searching for answers – and someone to hold accountable. Vasya finds herself on her own, amid a rabid mob that calls for her death, blaming her witchery for their misfortune.
Then a vengeful demon returns, renewed and stronger than ever, determined to spread chaos in his wake and never be chained again. Enlisting the hateful priest Konstantin as his servant, turmoil plagues the Muscovites and the magical creatures alike, and all find their fates resting on the shoulders of Vasya.
With an uncertain destiny ahead of her, Vasya learns surprising truths of her past as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all…
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Disclaimer: This review will not contain spoilers for The Girl in the Tower, but will contain spoilers for The Bear and the Nightingale
Huge thank you to Tess at Ebury/Penguin Random House for sending us proofs of The Girl in the Tower!
So I don’t on any level class myself as an expert on Russian mythology and folklore. However, I am a self confessed huge fan of it. Ever since stumbling upon my first Russian folklore inspired novel a few years ago, I’ve been desperately reaching for any and every book I can find that’s set in Russia, filled with domovoi and Slavic demons, and frankly, I love a good Firebird story. When I managed to get an e-ARC of The Bear and the Nightingale on NetGalley last year, I immediately fell in love with Katherine Arden’s writing and Vasya, her protagonist; I knew I’d do anything to have the sequel in my hands as soon as possible. I feel so privileged to have been able to get a proof of The Girl in the Tower, and before anything else I have to say that not only did it not disappoint, it far exceeded my expectations – and it’s probably one of those rare cases where I actually liked the sequel as much as, if not more than, the first book of the series. Continue reading “The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden”