MY REVIEW OF "THE GIRL IN THE TOWER' BY KATHERINE ARDEN I was ca ...
MY REVIEW OF "THE GIRL IN THE TOWER' BY KATHERINE ARDEN I was captivated by "The Girl in the Tower" by Katherine Arden. This is the second book that follows "The Bear and the Nightingale" The genres for the this story are Fairytale, Folktale, Fantasy, Adventure and Fiction with an essence of magic. "The Girl in the Tower" is a dark Fairytale with Russian Folktales. I loved the way that Katherine Arden describes the Russian forests and Moscow from long time ago. I also appreciate the various and colorful characters, and their abilities. The characters in the story are complex and complicated. Why do we like Fairytales and Folklore enchant us and draw us into a world of magic and make believe? Isn't it nice to escape to place where anything and anyone's special abilities are possible? In this story we follow an Vasya, now a young woman, who has bravely left her home so she didn't have to make a choice between marriage and being in an convent. Vasya and her stallion Solovey go on a magical adventure to escape what was expected of her. Vasya disguised as a boy finds herself meeting intriguing characters and fighting bandits in battle. Vasya is brave and helps rescue some captured girls, and brings them to a Monastery where her brother Sasha is, with his cousin, The Grand Prince of Moscow. At first Vasya is regarded as a hero. The Grand Prince's kingdom is threatened by mysterious dangers. Can Vasya and her family survive the dangers? I enjoyed this entertaining tale of enchantment and would highly recommend this to any reader that enjoys these genres. I received this Advanced Reading Copy for my honest review.
December 5, 2017
I'll begin by saying thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for ...
I'll begin by saying thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. I'm not a historical fiction fan. Occasionally, I can get into it, but not often. Books like this one though, with the hints of magic and deeper moments than many authors are capable of (so many are "oh, info dump about history, here you go!"), really make me want to try harder. I mentioned in my review for book one, The Bear and the Nightingale, that when I first requested it based off of the description, I was disappointed to learn that it was not a standalone and was in fact the first of a trilogy. I also mentioned that by the end of book one, I was beyond happy that it had worked out that way... well, I'm still thrilled, because it means I get one more book, one more story in this world, one more adventure with one of my favorite heroines of 2017 - Vasya. Seriously, she's everything a good character should be -- strong but vulnerable, brave, smart, flawed, deep, and fiery. She's got the badass thing down pat. I can't rave enough about Vasya or the depth and beauty of these two books. Give them a shot, even if historical fiction isn't really your thing. They have a fantasy element that kicks it up a notch, and they're beautiful, timeless, powerful stories about how one person can truly make a difference in her world, and how living life the way you're told isn't always the path you should take. Unless it means listening to me telling you to read this. That's one command you need to heed!
December 5, 2017
The Girl in the Tower adds to the story that was so well construct ...
The Girl in the Tower adds to the story that was so well constructed by Arden in the Bear and the Nightingale. Many times while reading, either by myself or with my book club, I have wondered where strong female characters are that don't rely on a fiancé, boyfriend or brother to help them through. Arden has done this in both books and Vasya's independence continues to grow as she takes on a male persona to avoid two options she sees as being locked in tower. Again using Russian folklore, Arden weaves a beautiful story that adds to the world and has the reader ready for the third and final in the trilogy. Arden's great characters, lightening fast pacing and overall in depth world building makes this trilogy a must have for any one with independent daughters. Without giving away too many spoilers the ending sets up the third act and honestly, this reviewer can't wait to see what Arden does to wrap up the story.
December 5, 2017