Title: The Girl in the Tower (The Bear and the Nightingale #2)
Author: Katherine Arden
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / Fairytale
First published: to be published on 5 December 2017 by Del Rey
Edition: ARC e-book courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley
The Girl in the Tower follows on from The Bear and the Nightingale, but it has quite a different feel, but the writing is just as stellar. Vasya is now grown up and takes us on quite a ride, literally, as she spends quite a bit of time on her horse, Solovey. She manages to get herself into all sorts of trouble, from fighting bandits to masquerading as a boy to avoid being married off or worse, put in a convent.
I really enjoyed following this headstrong young woman on her adventures. Maybe this book missed some of that magic that the first book was filled with, but I still really enjoyed it. Katherine Arden’s storytelling is compelling and she transported me to Vasya’s world. I love how some characters don’t get much ‘page-time’, but still manage to feel fully formed and essential.
I will definitely be buying the print copy to re-read in the future.
6 out of 7 stars