Review: The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Title: The Girl in the Tower
Author: Katherine Arden
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: Hardcover
Release Date: December 5th, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Am I breathing?!

After reading The Bear and the Nightingale, I absolutely needed to get my hands on this beauty. If it’s possible, I think I enjoyed it even more. While the first was a slow-build story taking place over sixteen years, this book takes place almost immediately after the events of The Bear and the Nightingale, and the action doesn’t stop.

This one was a little different, but it still had that atmospheric winter-read quality that had me feeling the cold air on my skin, tasting the food, and feeling the heartbreak. Instead of the isolated Northern Russia location, this book takes place primarily in Moscow. There was a stronger focus on the relationship between Vasya and Morozko (whom I adore). There was also a greater sense of adventure and more seemed to be at stake in this story.

Katherine Arden’s characterization is absolutely brilliant. Some characters that disappeared in the middle of the first book return, and it’s interesting to see how they’re grown, just as Vasya has. I loved seeing the bond between siblings. Also, what’s not to love about talking horses?!

I don’t think I can wait almost a full year for the next book, and I have a feeling that it will completely shatter me.

Rating: 5/5

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