Review: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Oh man, it’s been a while since I wrote a review- something I’ve noticed as I’ve been writing reviews is that if I don’t sit down and force myself to write a review (and withhold other things, like reading time, until I write the blog), it’s not going to happen. So now, I’m going to try and knock out and pre-write at least a few reviews to come out in the next few days/weeks—— BUT before that, y’all are going to be inundated with YALLFest posts! That’s right friends, I’m headed to YALLFest again this year! I’m definitely going to be writing at least one wrap up post, but I might end up doing a Friday wrap up and a Saturday wrap-up and of course, I’m definitely going to have a haul post!

Now, on to what you’re really here for, my review!

The Girl in the Tower 4.5/5 Stars 4.5 stars

Summary 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.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

I loved the Girl in the Tower so much! It was an amazing follow up to the Bear and the Nightingale. Like book 1, the story was a little slow, but it never felt as though I wasn’t engaged. So much happened and I learned so much more about Russia in the 14th century and how shitty it was to be a woman at that time. Vasya is an amazing main character and god I cannot wait to read book 3!!!!



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