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The Girl in the Tower
The Girl in the Tower: A Novel | Katherine Arden
The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her homebut soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege. Praise for The Bear and the Nightingale A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up.Naomi Novik An extraordinary retelling of a very old tale . . . A Russian setting adds unfamiliar spice to the story of a young woman who does not rebel against the limits of her role in her culture so much as transcend them.Robin Hobb
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MrsBibliophile
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Mehso-so

The second in the duology left me with more questions than answers. I wish there were more of an explanation of Vasya's powers. What can she do? The ending was beautiful and odd, but I felt it left quite a few open doors. Maybe this will set us up for a third book? I'm not sure. Much like Rin Chupeco's "The Bone Witch", the first book in the series had me in love, devouring the pages, only to be left in like warm water with the second.

AnneCecilie Just in case you don‘t know, there‘s a third book too (edited) 3d
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Andrea4
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Does anyone else ship Vasilisa and Morozko hard??!!! Lol
Honestly so far only the parts with her and/or him are really captivating me.

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Biblionut
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I read The Bear and the Nightingale a while back and wanted to finish the series. I wasn‘t sure if I could get right back into it with it being so long but this book drew me back in with it‘s beautiful characters, atmospheric setting, and page turning plot. I‘m not waiting to read book 3. ☺️

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booksandsympathy

"Two rivers gashed the skin of the Russian forest, and Moscow lay at their joining, atop a pine-clad hill. Her squat, white walls enclosed a jumble of hovels and churches; her palaces' ice-streaked towers splayed like desperate fingers against the sky."

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JaneyWaneyB
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Pickpick

Another fantastic tale by Arden. This tale follows Vasya into the world where she hopes to travel & see the wonders but soon finds herself caught up in the search for bandits & winning the Grand Prince's favour. Morozko sits on the edge of this tale as something dark awaits Vasya in Moscow. Arden writes in such a way that you are transported to Russia with rich scenery & characters. 5🌟

#FairyTales #Russia #Folklore #Fantasy #BookNerd #Bookaholic

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JaneyWaneyB
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After a run round the shops in town and a long dog walk with Charlie I'm sitting down for a few chapters with Lewis Capaldi playing...ah bliss ☺

I'm loving this series & so glad I bought the 3rd book with me too. Medieval Russia is the perfect setting for this tale of Vasya & her intriguing powers.

#FairyTales #Magic #Folklore #Books #BookNerd #ReadABook #Bookaholic #ReadingDay #Russia #Relax #Arden #ReadersLiveAThousandLives #Reading #Fantasy

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TheBookKeepers
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@Skygoddess1 Omg thank you so much for the #jolabokaflodswap gift!! I‘m so excited to continue this series and it‘s the perfect winter setting!!!! And I obviously already started on these chocolates before snapping my pic 🤣 so good! Merry Christmas! The wrapping paper was so cute too!!

Skygoddess1 Those dark chocolate covered pretzels looked so good, I‘m going to have to get some for myself next time I go to the candy store. Enjoy your evening of reading and chocolate. Happy Jolabokaflod! 1mo
TheBookKeepers They are delicious! Thank you & I hope you have a beautiful evening reading as well! @Skygoddess1 1mo
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Naz786
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Pickpick

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
I enjoyed the writing. Definitely recommend.

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JaneyWaneyB
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Second book in the triology started this morning. I feel like I have my reading mojo back & this triology is definitely helping.
There is a beautiful sunrise this morning with rain clouds approaching 🌦
Happy Reading Littens

#Grateful #Sunrise #Southend #Books #BookNerd #ReadABook #Bookaholic #ReadingCommuter #NoFilter #ReadersLiveAThousandLives #Vasya #Fantasy #FairyTales #Magic #Folklore #Russia #LoveBooks

Caroline2 Oh I‘m just reading the bear and the nightingale at the mo and loving it! 😀 1mo
LoveToReadLiveToRead I‘ve just got this after finishing The Bear and the Nightingale at the weekend. Can‘t wait to get back to this world! 1mo
JaneyWaneyB @Caroline2 @LoveToReadLiveToRead the first book was soooo good and the first few chapters of this book are not disappointing so high hopes. Enjoy the books 😁 1mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Rereading!

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Megokline
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Pickpick

Fantastic series! #2019book10

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SimplyShelia
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Pickpick

At first I didn't think I liked this one as much as the first in the series but then I found I didn't want to put it down. Enjoying this series and looking forward to the next book!

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ReadingOverSleeping
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I'm learning I have to be patient with this series. It's usually a slow build and it takes me many days to get through the first half, but when it picks up the pace it's incredibly hard to out down. Very cleverly written and I'm loving Vasya's hunger for owning her own life. She's brave, smart, kind and lives to build her own path. #teamnosleep for #girlinthetower #sequel #bearandthenightingale

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ReadingOverSleeping
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I've been going so hard the past few weeks. Just a busy time of year all around between 2.5 businesses. I decided to take today off, but, now I can't decide what to do. I'm enjoy the idea of mindless TV but I'm so behind on my reading this month. What would you do? I need an adult lol #suggestions #netflixorbooks #pickone

Texreader Both. Some mindless tv. Some reading. Back and forth all day. Sounds lovely to me. 5mo
DGRachel Pleasure reading or work/school reading? If it's pleasure reading, then I say Netflix. Don't turn something that is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable into another chore or work (a lesson I need to learn). 5mo
Ericalambbrown I agree with @Texreader Hope you have a gloriously day of frivolity! 5mo
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wanderinglynn I also agree with @Texreader – a little of both sounds perfectly lovely! 5mo
LibrarianRyan Both. An episode of a show binge, and then equal time reading. Then another episode, etc. Josh and I do this with house work. Work for an hour, rest. It actually makes sure he gets stuff done. 5mo
KatieDid927 Books. Always. 5mo
Megabooks For me definitely books, but sometimes I‘ll have a show on in the background (usually reality, lord forgive me 🤦🏻‍♀️) that I‘ll pop in and out of. Right now, I have an episode of My 600 lb Life on. I guess I do that because reality takes little investment to follow along. But if I really want to watch tv, usually it‘s a documentary. Right now, I want to watch The Family on Netflix. 5mo
DannyHattan Watching a book adaptation 😂🙌🏻 5mo
MellieAntoinette Mindless tv! Relax! Drink tea! Happy place it up! 5mo
Purrfectpages Omg I debate this sort of thing all the time. 5mo
Ravenclawsbookshelf I'm echoing the user's saying both. 5mo
ReadingOverSleeping I went back and forth all day! No guilt + bad TV. Win win 💪😎😂 5mo
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drneutron
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Pickpick

Russian fairy tale turned really good fantasy - can't wait for the next!

SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 6mo
drneutron Thanks! 6mo
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thebeercolonel
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Exciting,convincing,fantastical and perfect for transporting one to a cold medieval Russian winter during a summer heat wave. Also Vasya is a fantastic heroine.

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artdamnit_reads
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Mehso-so

I...did not like this second book to The Bear and the Nightingale. Honestly? I think the first book would have made an excellent stand alone book. I enjoyed it enough to keep reading it, but it wasn't a "omg i need to read this right now" kind of book. It was very easy to put down. #artdamnitReads #BookReview

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sammisho
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Pickpick

These books are lovely on audio. I never want it to end.
🌟🌟🌟🌟

sprainedbrain Agree! ❤️ 7mo
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Deborah42
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Book two in the Winternight trilogy.

Vasya‘s adventures continue as she declines both marriage and life in a convent. Exiled from her village, she disguises herself as a boy and rides off to have adventures and save the world. Atmospheric and utterly wonderful.

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sprainedbrain
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Pickpick

I really love this series. 💕

I‘m a sucker for fairytale retellings, and the settings and characters of these books are just enchanting. Vasya is incredible—her strength, determination, and self-confidence are inspiring, and I love her witchy-ness so much. Can‘t wait to get my hands on book 3.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Aswenson I love these too! I‘m saving the third, because I don‘t want to be done. 😊 8mo
ReadingOverSleeping What's the first one in the series? Sounds so interesting! 8mo
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StephanieMarie I'm listening to the 3rd on on audio right now! My hold finally came in after me waiting since the book came out! 8mo
sprainedbrain @StephanieMarie I‘ve got 7 weeks to wait... how is it so far? 8mo
sprainedbrain @Aswenson I do that, too! 😂 8mo
StephanieMarie @sprainedbrain So good!!!! I'm about halfway through 8mo
PatriciaU This series is one of my absolute favorites! 8mo
cbowlin1921 I love this cover! 8mo
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Aswenson
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I love this series! Book 2 was just as good as 1... now to finish right away, or come back to book 3 later? 🤔

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Jessrumely
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22 // THE GIRL IN THE TOWER // “Every time you take one path, you must live with the memory of the other: of a life left unchosen. Decide as seems best, one course or the other; each way will have its bitter with its sweet.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #thegirlinthetower #jessicareads2019

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Sylvilel
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Pickpick

UGH so many feels.

This series has carved my chest open, crawled inside the cavity and played some hardcore rugby with my heart.

Vasya, the MC, is strong, but not superhuman. She represents feminism without preaching, and builds a bridge between worlds in the process. She never claims to be more than she is, but she never denies her nature either.

I could cry with awe (which I‘ll probably do when I‘m done).

#winternight #thegirlinthetower

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thelizflynn
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Pickpick

This book is deep in my wheelhouse. Fantasy mixed with history, fun plot twists, and tons of action. Loved it! #litsyAtoZ

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GypsyKat
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Well, I only read four books in March, but one was a doorstop, so I‘m okay with that. #MarchReads

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great reads! 📖💖 10mo
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GypsyKat
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Pickpick

Mythology and fantasy, fairytale and magic, fire and snow. This book has to all! I‘m loving this series, it‘s not quite like anything I‘ve ever read before. I‘m taking my time with it, but that‘s only so I can savor it as long as possible. Such a great read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

nu-bibliophile I want to read this series so badly! 10mo
GypsyKat @nu-bibliophile I‘m loving it! 10mo
AlaMich I read all three in a row, and I never do that with series! 10mo
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valeriegeary This series is so fantastic! (So is this picture!) 🤗 10mo
BennettBookworm You‘ve made me really excited to check out this series!! 10mo
GypsyKat @BennettBookworm I hope you enjoy it! 😊 10mo
GypsyKat @AlaMich I can see why! 10mo
GypsyKat @valeriegeary Thank you! 🤗 10mo
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aprilpohren
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I just finished this a couple days ago and loved it! It took me a bit to read, but only because of my lack of reading time. I couldn't wait to get back to it when I had to put it down! This is #2 and the series just keeps getting better! I found myself so emotionally wrapped up in this that it was crazy! I can't wait to read #3!

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt7 I‘ve had The Bear And The Nightingale for almost two years now but it‘s just been lost in my #MountTBRShelvesOfDoom but I think now I have the last two books in the trilogy it should motivate me to get started. I hate waiting for the next book so much that sometimes it puts me off picking up a great read. Am I the only one?

JennyM I ❤️ the cover...so pretty 10mo
rather_be_reading that cover 😍 10mo
Lizpixie @JennyM @rather_be_reading it‘s the UK cover. I would‘ve got the hardcovers but my copy of the first book is paperback & you can‘t get it in hardcover anywhere. Every site I‘ve seen it‘s sold out😞 10mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve not read this series but I love seeing the UK editions. 😍 10mo
Karkar #mounttbrshelvesofdoom 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 10mo
aprilpohren Love this cover! I just finished this and loved it! Can't wait to read #3! 10mo
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Amanda23
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Wow! I thought this book was better than the first and the first was hard to beat. I love the writing and love all the rich character detail. Can't wait for book 3.

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ceruleanjen
Girl in the Tower | Katherine Arden
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The Books I read in February. 8.5 because I DNFed In Cold Blood halfway.

The Girl in the Tower & Dumplin' were my favorites.

Indian in the Cupboard was my childhood read.

Love Is My Favorite Thing was my new kids read.

Soppy was my graphic novel for the month.

In Cold Blood was our book club pick.

Overall enjoyed everything else!

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AmyG
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The lovely @Mitch is doing a #completetheseries #giveaway....in honor of an amazing milestone. Please check out her page for rules and how you can win!! Thank you, my friend.

I am reading The Bear and the NIghtengale which is a fairytale re-telling and I am just loving it! It‘s not something I usually read and found out that this is a trilogy. So I would love the tagged book which is the second book.

Mitch I‘ve got these on my TBR shelf, not my normal either but they general so much love .... good choice! 11mo
PaperbackPirate I‘m reading the last book in the series! I love it! 11mo
AlaMich This is a favorite series/trilogy for me. I just finished it last month. 11mo
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alayarachel
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Pickpick

I am a grown woman and absolutely, categorically *did not* stay up until 2am just to finish this book.

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shadowspeak17
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was a fun read. The first third was a little slow, but after that things picked up. I enjoyed the slow build of book 1 and missed certain aspects of it, but my enjoyment of book 2 felt more consistent throughout, and overall I enjoyed it slightly more. One gripe I had though was that the foreshadowing was way too heavy handed at times. Now to wait for my hold on book 3...

#seriesread #catsoflitsy #Ember

TheSpineView 😊 11mo
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ceruleanjen
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Even better than the first. These books are a slower read for me but I enjoyed every minute of it. Vasya's journey gets even more interesting and dangerous. Highly recommend the audiobook. The writing and narration are beautiful. I read the physical, audio, and ebook so I could be immersed at all times. Solovey is my favorite.

5 ⭐

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shadowspeak17
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emmaturi
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Pickpick

I am nearly finished this, the second in the series. Continues on with what happens to Vasya. I have the final book so looking forward to see what happens next. #books #russianfolklore #bookcovers

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GypsyKat
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This is what weekends are all about! ❤️☕️📚

#MugsOfLitsy

Becksbee Suuuch a good series! 11mo
valeriegeary Perfection! 11mo
JackOBotts That mug = perfection... ☕️ + 📖 = 🤗 11mo
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GypsyKat @Becksbee It‘s great!!! 11mo
GypsyKat @JackOBotts Thank you! I love it! I got it at Barnes & Noble last weekend. 😊 11mo
GatheringBooks so glad to see you are enjoying the series! 11mo
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Olivia306
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This is such a beautiful love letter to the Russian fairytales. It's always nice when the 2nd book is just as good as the first. It brings new characters into the story, while the old are still fascinating. Add to that a gripping plot and intricate fairytale elements anchored in reality and one gets a great story. Ms. Arden's writing won me over. Can't wait to start on the final book. As a fan of Russian fairytales, this trilogy is a treat.📚

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Olivia306
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#currentlyreading I love this book already and I'm just a few pages in. I honestly don't know why it took me so long to start reading this awesome sequel but now I'm hooked. 🤓📚

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GypsyKat
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I somehow forgot that espresso truffles have caffeine in them. 🙈 So I‘m awake, reading. 😜

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled A win-win! 12mo
GypsyKat @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled That‘s how I chose to look at it. 😉 12mo
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AJBowers
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LOVE this cover. 😍😍😍

GypsyKat Ohhh! It looks so much more vivid like that! I‘m reading the same book in hardcover, and the cover is pretty. But it looks GORGEOUS like that! 😍 12mo
AJBowers @GypsyKat I HAD to capture it, it looked so stunning 😍 12mo
GypsyKat @AJBowers Absolutely! 12mo
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TamAnder
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I‘m hooked to this story. A great build off of the previous and looking forward to picking up the third in this series.

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GypsyKat
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I‘m doing a little reading while my dog keeps my legs warm. ❤️ #DogsOfLitsy

SassyBookworm I just finished book 1! I can‘t wait to get my hands on this one! Hope you enjoy! 12mo
GypsyKat @SassyBookworm I‘m loving it so far! Im trying to make it last! 12mo
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Karionie
Girl in the Tower | Katherine Arden
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I read the first in the series, The Bear and the Nightingale, and loved it. So meaty for a fairy tale. I didn‘t realize it was a series until I bought the third one, the newly released The Witch of the Winter. So I had to go back and read this one. Glad I did. It‘s even meatier than the first one. A rollicking good read with a lot to say on gender roles, on growing up, and on growing into yourself.

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danimgill
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We‘re not even keeping track of the game in my apartment but I still had myself enough of a #litsypartyofone to finish this excellent second installment in this series. Anxiously awaiting the third, I‘m on the hold list at the library! Vasya is just such an incredible character, and I‘m in awe of the research that went into the cultural flavor of these books.

SassyBookworm I juts finished book 1 yesterday!! I can‘t wait to read this one!! So happy to see your good review!!! 12mo
danimgill @SassyBookworm Wasn‘t the first one just so good?? I‘m loving this series!! 12mo
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GypsyKat
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I stayed up too late tonight, but I have to start this one anyway! Maybe I‘ll be able to just read one chapter... 😉

Puredragonstar You mean 1+++++ chapters? lmao 😂. 12mo
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AshleyC816
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This was a fun sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale. You can‘t help but root for the main character Vasya to win against all odds. I look forward to the third which is out now!

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