• The Bossy Bookworm

Review of The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

Vasya is an irresistibly and wonderfully strong and defiant main protagonist, and Arden includes lots of offbeat details.

This second book in Katherine Arden's Winternight trilogy follows Vasya's continued adventures and challenges as an irresistible heroine in a Russia filled with magic and eerily dark elements at work. Arden also provides sparks of hope amid the bitter cold swirl of atmosphere she brings to life on each page.


Vasya is a young woman now, and she must consent to an arranged marriage or enter the convent--but Vasya never follows the rules. Instead, she disguises herself as a boy and ingratiates herself to the Grand Prince of Moscow. When she discovers that the kingdom is in peril, our favorite fourteenth century teenage heroine must put herself at risk to try to save everyone.


Vasya is an irresistibly and wonderfully strong and defiant main protagonist, and Arden includes lots of offbeat details.


I listened to the audiobook of this mystical fairy tale-folk story (and I loved the narrator Kathleen Gati so much that I listened to the final book in the trilogy as well).

What did you think?

All three books in this series held up for me in a big way. I loved immersing myself in Vasya's world.


The Bear and the Nightingale is the first in the series, and The Winter of the Witch is the final book in the trilogy.


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