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The Girl in the Tower

Winternight, Book 2
Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, read by Kathleen Gati.

For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or a life in a convent. Vasya will choose a third way: magic....

The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile, bandits roam the countryside, burning the villages and kidnapping its daughters. Setting out to defeat the raiders, the Prince and his trusted companion come across a young man riding a magnificent horse.

Only Sasha, a priest with a warrior's training, recognises this 'boy' as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret, as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical....

©2018 Katherine Arden (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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good sequel

enjoyed the story. All the magic of the first book. but slightly spoiled by the delivery, which was Siri-esque

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A beautifully written fairy tale for adults

You need to read book1 first but this continues a brilliant story, beautifully written. My only disappointment was that the third book isn't out until 2019!

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The Girl in the Tower

I put off reading this book for months. I loved the first book so much and I couldn't dream how Arden could pull off a second book that was anywhere near as good as the first. At some point, I finally knew I could put it off no longer, so I pulled out the first book again and did a reread. Oh. My. Gosh. I loved it even more the the 2nd time, so my anxiety (yes I sometimes have anxiety over books....don't judge me for that I won't judge you because you don't! #justsaying). I forced myself to start this book.

At 20% I was just...well....heck....what can I say...I was surprised....I was honestly loving it even more. I knew there was no way the 2nd book could be even has as wonderful as the first...yet somehow it was turning out EVEN BETTER!!!! I was terrified to ask my friends who loved the first book to read it...to see if they would feel the same way....I spent page after page wanting to rush and ask them to read this and the need to keep silent so I didn't jinx it...At about 30% the need to share my love won out...I let the world know I was in love! I was crushed with myself...I KNEW I had ruined it and jinxed the novel...that it would all go downhill quickly...At 70%I couldn't believe all of the emotions I was feeling...at 75% I had to stop reading and take a half day off from reading...I couldn't slow down enough to make sure I didn't miss anything...I was just loving it so much that I wanted to race heedlessly to the end...so I forced myself to set it aside for most of the day to calm myself...

What can I say? There's no way I can express all the wonder in this book. No way to explain why this is so much better than the first book. I don't even know why....well...sure...I mean, there's the part of spending more time with Vasya...and the Winter King...But seriously...I just can't do a review to put all of my feelings into words...So different from the first book...but also so much the same...less of a made-up fairytale feel and more of a real-life fairytale....yes perhaps that's it...instead of just wanting a warm cozy fire nearby reading the first book, this book I found myself snuggling deep within the covers...of both the book and my bed...Every time that Morozko spoke I felt the kiss of the cool fresh air of first light on cold winter's morn...

See, I am rambling...I am like some over stimulated child that has had too many sweets and too much excitement all in one day...

I loved this book so very much that I am ALREADY having anxiety through the roof about the third book...I just want to keep these characters near...I woke up with morning (after staying up past midnight to finish this novel!) knowing I had dreamt of horses and domovoi...

I just want to be one of those crazed fans and run out and meet Katherine Arden and thank her for the beauty she has brought into my world. For making me believe...well...in all the wonderful things this book brings to me...that magic does exist....that love is the greatest gift...that there are those that will sacrifice anything for the right cause....that loyalty can't be bought...nor sold...that kindness matters...the list goes on and on....and honey oat cakes...I want to bake her honey oat cakes over an open flame...and FFS I don't even know what those are!!!

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Dreary narration.

I really wanted to enjoy this. I’ve read the Bear and the Nightingale and enjoyed it enough to buy the kindle and audible of the Girl in the Tower.
Sadly the voice of the narrator was dreary, expressionless and speaking in an accent that was sometimes difficult to follow when I was on the move. I know it was set in Moscow, but I can imagine it being in Russia even without the accent.
I felt as though the narrator was bored with it- and if she was bored, how was I encouraged to be interested.
I may try to read the kindle version one day, but the narrated version on audible has put me off.

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Loved the language and the imagery.

I read the first book in the trilogy and couldn't wait to download this. The complicated names and language challenge the reader and I loved the author's explanations of the Russian words/tales. This created vivid images with a good balance of historic licence, fantasy & human emotion.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book. The reading is excellent and I appreciate that a reader with Russian family members was found, so that pronunciation of Russian names and words was accurate and consistent.
I preferred the atmosphere of the first book, but know that most in my reading preferred the adventures and wider world explored in this one. If you found the first book a little slow or lacking in action then I strongly recommend you give this one a try.
I look forward to listening to the third book soon.

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love love love it

Such a good book, a magical warm cosy tale. can't wait for the next one!

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Gripping and magical.

An adult fairytale about the fairytales of medieval Russia. Brilliantly told and read as it builds on the characters and worlds introduced in book 1. Audacious heroine and colourful manipulative wicked villain.

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As magical as the first

Richly woven narrative, compelling and complex characters and fascinating dip into Medieval Russia, I cannot recommend this series enough for snuggling down with of a cold winter's night.

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These are wonderful stories!

I love this book and the first in the series, more than anything I’ve heard recently. Everything about the novel and the audio performance was spellbinding. I’m waiting as patiently as I can for book three. The characters are so engaging and the descriptions are excellent. The story is thrilling. I have nothing negative, not even slightly, to say about it. I’m going to buy the books.

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  • Nichola
  • 23-02-18

I wished it would never end

Newly discovered for me, a stunning trilogy... how will I be able to wait a whole year for the final part?