2017 · 4 Stars · Book Reviews · Fantasy · Retelling · Reviewed for NetGalley

The Girl in the Tower │ Katherine Arden


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 received a copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. Vasya seems to have grown, which is great to see in any sequel. The interactions with Vasya and her brother seemed so real, and you just can’t help but be pulled in.

I haven’t read a lot of Russian folk tales, but I think I am going to have to really jump into them. There was a lot more action in this book then in the first one, which for me was really good. It kept the story from feeling stagnant, which was a problem I had with the first book. Thankfully that wasn’t a problem here.

I would have loved to have more Morozko. He is by far my favorite character. Vasya and him have a great chemistry, and I am looking forward to them having more time together in the next book.

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