The Bear and the Nightingale left Vasya with one of three choices: either marry, live in a convent as a nun or go home and live where everyone claims she is a witch.
In this second book of the Winternight trilogy, Vasya’s choice and wanderlust sends her down an unplanned path that leads to a grand adventure full of mysterious secrets, disguises, battles and bandits. Can Vasya save her family before Moscow burns?
An incredibly well-done Russian fairy tale that I could not put down, I simply love this Winternight Trilogy and I can't wait for the final book.
— From Shannon's Picks
A remarkable young woman blazes her own trail, from the backwoods of Russia to the court of Moscow, in the exhilarating sequel to Katherine Arden's bestselling debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale
Katherine Arden's enchanting first novel introduced readers to an irresistible heroine. Vasilisa has grown up at the edge of a Russian wilderness, where snowdrifts reach the eaves of her family's wooden house and there is truth in the fairy tales told around the fire. Vasilisa's gift for seeing what others do not won her the attention of Morozko--Frost, the winter demon from the stories--and together they saved her people from destruction. But Frost's aid comes at a cost, and her people have condemned her as a witch.
Now Vasilisa faces an impossible choice. Driven from her home by frightened villagers, the only options left for her are marriage or the convent. She cannot bring herself to accept either fate and instead chooses adventure, dressing herself as a boy and setting off astride her magnificent stallion Solovey.
But after Vasilisa prevails in a skirmish with bandits, everything changes. The Grand Prince of Moscow anoints her a hero for her exploits, and she is reunited with her beloved sister and brother, who are now part of the Grand Prince's inner circle. She dares not reveal to the court that she is a girl, for if her deception were discovered it would have terrible consequences for herself and her family. Before she can untangle herself from Moscow's intrigues--and as Frost provides counsel that may or may not be trustworthy--she will also confront an even graver threat lying in wait for all of Moscow itself. Advance praise for The Girl in the Tower
"Arden's lush, lyrical writing cultivates an intoxicating, visceral atmosphere, and her marvelous sense of pacing carries the novel along at a propulsive clip. A masterfully told story of folklore, history, and magic with a spellbinding heroine at the heart of it all."--Booklist (starred review)
" A] sensual, beautifully written, and emotionally stirring fantasy . . . Fairy tales don't get better than this."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)