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    The first novel was great and the second novel is epic! The Girl in the Tower is the second novel in The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. I don't read fantasy books that often but after the great reviews the first book received I decided to give it a go and I am so glad I did. Katherine Arden has created wonderful characters in an epic story that takes place in medieval Russia. The story picks up right were the first novel ended. Vasya begins her journey of exploring Russia only to be surprised by meeting Sasha on the road. Soon they travel to Moscow for a reunion with Olga. From beginning to end, Vasya's story is full of emotion and adventure and I could not get enough of this epic fantasy. I look forward to the exciting conclusion to this wonderful trilogy and more than anything, I look forward to Katherine Arden's next project. She is a masterful storyteller.
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    Absolutely amazing fairy tale of a story!

    I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I really liked the first book in the series, The Bear and The Nightingale, so I was looking forward to reading this second installment. I enjoyed this book even more than the first. I was completely swept away by the story and wanted to savor every word. I honestly didn't want the story to end. This is the kind of book that made me fall in love with reading and I know that I will reading this story again in the future. Vasya is such a wonderful character. She doesn't quite fit in with what would be expected of a proper lady. She actually spends most of this book posing as a boy. She doesn't want the life that would be expected of her as a lady. She wants to see the world and do some good. She does what is right even when those actions put her at risk. Vasya strikes out on her own along with her trusted horse, Solovey. Solovey is quite the traveling companion and is really a strong character throughout the story. She finds villages that have been burned with many dead and their daughters taken by bandits. She sets out to find the girls of a village after some advice from one of the local spirits. One thing leads to another and she ends up seeking refuge in the same location as her brother and the Grand Prince. It was great to see Vasya's brother, Sasha, and her sister, Olga, both have important roles in this story. Vasya's actions will not only have an impact on her own life but could also influence how people see her family members. Another character that I really enjoyed in this book was Morozko, the frost demon. He is drawn to Vasya and his feelings for her are complicated. This book pulled me in almost immediately and never let go. There was so much excitement in the overall story. There are battles and violent scenes offset by moments of tenderness and caring. The descriptions really brought the story to life. The writing was absolutely wonderful. I would highly recommend this book to others. This is the second book of a trilogy that really needs to be read in order because the events of the first book are often discussed. I found this book to be a simply wonderful fairy tale of a story. I can't wait to see what happens next in the trilogy! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Del Ray directly and through NetGalley.
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    Enjoyed this book it was just as good as the first.
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    No Sophomore Slump for Katherine Arden

    By bree This enchanting second novel from Katherine Arden will not disappoint fans of the first book in the trilogy, THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTENGALE and it will surely leave fans eaglery anticipating the final book in the trilogy. Vasya returns, older and wiser, demonstrating true growth in both person and character which allows her to face the deeper and, perhaps, more political challenges in this book. Arden’s descriptive writing style and attention to detail was clearly evident through her continued excellence at providing a darker reinterpretation of Russian fairytales and folklore I am optimistically looking forward to the final book in this trilogy and to the future of Katherine Arden’s writing career. It is clear that this distinctive voice will continue to be a heavy hitter on the literary scene for years to come.

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