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The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden  (The Winternight Trilogy)

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (The Winternight Trilogy)

Rating:  ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

The Girl in the Tower follows Vasilisa after she left her home in the first book The Bear and the Nightingale. Vasya took me into her world, into her life in the magical middle ages of old Russia, and now her story goes further. 

In the Girl in the Tower Vasya is older and more challenging. 

What is the book about

In the Bear and the Nightingale, Vasya sees her father passing away. So in The Girl in the Tower, she realizes she can no longer live at home and has to leave. She does not want to marry nor taking off to the woman’s monastery. Together with the magnificent stallion Solovey, she decides to search her way out into Russia.   

Her exploit brings her to burn down villages where children have been taken away. Vasya promises to find them back and so during her promise she gets the attention of Dimitri, the Grand Prince of Moscow, and lord Kasyan Lutovich. Reunited with her brother Sasha, the monk who is Dimitri’s best friend and adviser, Vasya must maintain her secret at any cost. The secret of her being a girl instead of a boy. 

Does she succeed in the Moscow commotion?  

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

Katherine Arden has conquered my heart with her winter night trilogy. She started with the first book The bear and the nightingale, wherein Vasya from a tiny baby frog turned into a strong young woman and what grows even further in this second novel The girl in the tower. Katherine understands how to get your attention and to stick with it. Every word, all the personages, but mostly the stubbornness and a bit of recklessness of Vasya. 

The girl in the tower, an incredible sequel on The bear and the nightingale and even more a reason to go read the third and last novel of this trilogy The winter of the witch. It is a fairytale, a roman, but with a body of truth and wise lessons. Katherine takes you to a different world that you don’t want to leave. 

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Cindy Pel


I’m Cindy and known on the internet as The Socialbookgirl. I’m 22 years old, born and raised in the Netherlands, and I’m slightly obsessed with anything regarding books.


On this blog I will share my love for books with you by mostly eviews. These reviews will be honest at all time. The genres that I read are mostly: feelgood, romance, young-adult, new adult and since this year also fantasy.


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