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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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LeticiaToraci
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This is so cozy and beautifully written, the perfect autumn/winter read!

🍄🍂🦉🍁🍂🐎🐻🐴❤️

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Mrs_B
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In my opinion this is better than “The Bear…” Vasya is growing up and learning a lot about the world and herself. I loved the fantasy elements, and found I couldn‘t put it down!

BookwormM Loved the whole series 4mo
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NatalieR
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I seldom read books of the fantasy, science fiction genre. I was impressed with the first book of this series, The Bear and the Nightingale, and have been intending to finish the series. I can‘t help but to be amazed by Vasya and her beloved Solovey. Her travels are both intimidating and fascinating. I‘m grateful for the opportunity to explore other worlds and ancient time periods. #MountTBR

MadelineMcCrae It only gets better with each book! This is one of my fav series🥰 9mo
NatalieR @MadelineMcCrae Good to know! I‘ll probably read the next one soon so I don‘t forget the characters. I waited too long to read this one. 😆 8mo
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Gryffleclaw95
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I found that “The Girl in the Tower” bypassed its predecessor and more. Vasya‘s struggle to maintain her freedom in a world and culture that is male-focused and readily shames women is a main theme throughout which was very well-written. I enjoyed how both Vasya‘s and Morozko‘s characters developed throughout the book and I absolutely flew through the last part of the book. Now onto the last book of the trilogy!

BookwormM Loved the whole trilogy 9mo
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Gryffleclaw95

“I do not know what you should choose. 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.”

- Morozko

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Kelican17
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💚🧙‍♀️💚 Fairy tales. Twists and turns. Sword fights. Demons and Spirits. This audiobook had me sitting in my car wondering “how late can I walk into work and not be noticed.” I kind of can‘t wait to read/listen to book three.

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MadelineMcCrae
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A fantastic sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale! I loved the beginning and the ending, but the middle dragged for me a bit because I despise court intrigue. However, I‘m very excited for Winter of the Witch! This was a great pick from my winter tbr ❄️

BookBr I just started the Bear and the Nightingale! 11mo
MadelineMcCrae @BookBr I hope you enjoy it!☺️ 11mo
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StarDreams
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"Every time you take one path, you must live with the memory of the other: of a life left unchosen."

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Caroline2
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I loved this book! It has the perfect tagline: 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…! After a stressful week at work and my Dad being really ill with covid, this book was the perfect escape that, frankly kept me sane! 😬

GatheringBooks One of my fave fantasy series of all time! Hope your dad feels better soon. 12mo
ShelleyBooksie Sending your day speedy healing wishes! 11mo
Jas16 Hope your dad is feeling better soon. 11mo
Caroline2 @GatheringBooks @Shelleybeanz73 @Jas16 Thank you, he seems to be on the mend now thank god! You just don‘t know how these things will go, do you! 😬 11mo
Susanita I think this was my favorite of the series. 11mo
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Lizpixie
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Bk11 of December & #WinterGames2021 & Bk1 of #DashingDecember #Readathon is done.The 2nd in the Bear & the Nightingale trilogy, it‘s a book I‘ve put off for too long, but glad I‘ve read it now.Based on Russian folktales, it‘s set in medieval Moscow when magic was still about. Onto Bk3! #AVeryMerryBingo #MerryBookmas #TisTheReadson #AVeryMerryReadathon #WinterCosy #WrapItUpReadathon #Adventathon #ChristmasFilmsReadathon #MistletoeManiacs 4,740pts👇

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Jerdencon
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Read the first book in this series a while ago and decided to go for this one for #foodandlit #russia for June!
@Texreader @Butterfinger

AnneCecilie I love this series 2y
Butterfinger I've chosen this one too. 2y
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TK-421
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“Above all, Vasya wanted her #horse. She wanted his strength, his warm breath, his uncomplicated affection. Without him, she was a lost girl in a dress; on his back, she felt invincible.” #QuotsyApr21

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ElspethY
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A wonderful continuation of the world created in “The Bear and the Nightingale”. Awesome character development, intriguing plot, great writing!

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SilverShanica
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new - don‘t judge me I have a lot of books.
Join the fun if you want. This is day 72.
#bookstoread
#tbrpile
#bookstagram

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NicoleCeBallos
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Vasya makes her way to Moscow where she sees her sister and brother again. It's just as magical as the first book

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ShyBookOwl
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🎶reading in a winter wonderland🎶

Happy Lockdown Saturday. Hope everyone is safe and warm (depending on where you are lol)

OriginalCyn620 So pretty! ❄️ 2y
Deblovestoread Love the snow pic! 2y
Kenyazero This looks like a cozy day to be locked down on 2y
ShyBookOwl @OriginalCyn620 @Kdgordon88 thx! Makes me feel festive again lol 2y
ShyBookOwl @Kenyazero so cozy! There are definitely worse days to be cooped up 2y
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ShyBookOwl
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A girl rode a bay horse through a forest late at night.
#firstlinefridays

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Johanna414
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First book finished for 2021 and it was a great one! I think I liked this even better than The Bear and the Nightingale, if that's possible...

WriterAtHeart All 3 books just get better and better as you read! I was 100% captivated the entire time I read. 2y
BookishTrish What a gorgeous book! 2y
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Johanna414
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A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Finishing up The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden this morning for my first 2021 read!
#Goodbye2020 @ShyBookOwl

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Clare-Dragonfly
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😍😍😍

And I‘m told the third book is even better?!

This book did not suffer from the slump in the middle of a trilogy, that‘s for sure.

PatriciaU You are in the middle of one of the best trilogies out there. Enjoy and savor the 3rd book! 2y
glamhobbit Best trilogy I‘ve read in years! A true and utter joy 🍄 2y
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Clare-Dragonfly
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“Only boys and fools think men are first in courage. *We* do not bear children.”

Thank you, Sergei!

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snowpaws94
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This was an amazing sequel to the bear and the nightingale! Vasya must disguise herself as a boy in order to try and help the Russian prince defend against the invading attackers, but her Brother and Sister get caught up in her lies. To say nothing of the snow demon that may help or hinder. #fantasy #folklore #demons #magic you could probably even pick this up without having read the first one.

BookwormM Love this series 2y
snowpaws94 @BookwormM I'm so excited to read the 3rd book! 2y
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snowpaws94

"I do not know what you should choose. Every time you take one path, you must live with the memory of the other:a life left unchosen. Decide as seems best, one course or the other; each way will have its bitter with its sweet."

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snowpaws94
Girl in the Tower | Katherine Arden
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Good start to a new book. And I have a friend keeping me warm. Good morning #cats

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TK-421
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Another #autumn evening spent with Minerva listening to the tagged #audiobook. She loves being outside! Tonight we got to watch the sun set & the moon rise. #readingbuddy #catsofLitsy

WorldsOkayestStepMom Minerva!!! 💖 2y
Freespirit Lovely puss💕 2y
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TK-421
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Another lovely #autumn evening outside with my #readingbuddy Minerva! Just starting the tagged #audiobook #catsofLitsy

ladym30 Minerva is lovely!❤️ 2y
TK-421 @ladym30 Thank you! 😺 2y
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vlwelser
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This series is pretty fun. I flew through this one. I love that she uses Russian fairy tales as the basis of her story. I may also use this for the road trip prompt for #summerfun because she is definitely on a trip.

StayCurious Haha, when it works, it works! 2y
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vlwelser
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The weather here today was beautiful. 70s mostly.
One thing I did for myself is I signed up for an extra local book club. They're reading books about race. And what's another book to read, really? I need the social interaction mostly.
Tagged. Plus Mayhem by Estelle Laure and Spy by Ted Bell and a few others. I just started White Fragility. I never read just one. 😆

Thanks for the tag @Cosmos_Moon
#ThoughtfulThursday
@MoonWitch94

Cosmos_Moon Haha, thanks! I didn‘t know I tagged you, it must have been a slip, but thanks for tagging me back 😁 2y
vlwelser @Cosmos_Moon That really is weird. I don't have you as a contact either. These games bring out my inner lemming. 2y
MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 💗🌸💗 2y
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Lizpixie
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It was a fantastic winters day here in Sydney, the sky was that perfect blue you only get on those rare still days. Not only is my garden going gangbusters, I actually managed to get some reading done for the #JoysOfJune #readathon (though I forgot to start the timer so have no idea how many hours!) How‘s your Monday going?

AllisonM89 I love her books and this cover is absolutely gorgeous!
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Andrew65 That‘s great. 😊 Weather got better here as we enjoyed a nice sunny and warm evening, managed to get some reading in outside after work. 2y
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HeyT
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I enjoyed this one almost as much as the first despite the different feel of it. I still love Vasya who is determined to live her life on her own terms even though she is followed by chaos. This one seemed way more action packed and teased at hints about just what makes Vasya so special which left me wanting more. Good thing there is.
#BuriedAliveChallenge

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HeyT
Girl in the Tower | Katherine Arden
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#BookReport
Finished four books this week including the much awaited Murderbot book that finally came up on my holds list.
#WeeklyForecast
I plan on finishing The Girl in the Tower and then moving on to my random selections for the month with whatever #CalibreRoulette and #BookSpin choose for me.

Centique I‘m waiting on my library hold for Network Effect! 3y
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wideeyedreader
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This has ALL the magic of the first book! I love this series, can‘t wait until I get my hands on the third! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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wideeyedreader
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“A girl rode a bay horse through a forest late at night.”

#firstlinefridays

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DakotaWilde
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I was able to finish this audiobook while making some progress on the paint by numbers today. I really loved the continued story of The Bear and the Nightingale and it made the time go by quickly.

Linsy Beautiful!! 3y
BennettBookworm This is stunning 3y
dariazeoli So pretty! 3y
jb72 That is looking good! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💗💗 3y
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DakotaWilde
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It's been so difficult for me to actually focus on a physical book, so I'm finding that audio is working much better for me at the moment. It's also giving me time to try and de-stress by doing a paint by numbers.

JaclynW Great combination! We all need stress relief. Have fun creating beauty! 3y
Eyelit Same! I‘ve picked up and put down so many physical books the last week... but I‘ve managed to listen to about 5 audiobooks. So thankful I have that option! Stay creative 💜 3y
Texreader Fun! Can‘t wait to see the finished product! 3y
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HeathHof
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The second book in the fantasy series,The Winternight Trilogy. I enjoyed the first book immensely and was not wrong in hoping that the second would be captivating as well. There were a few somewhat predictable pieces of the plot that the buildup was overplayed on but it was still a fun and interesting read. This story totally makes me feel compelled to go buy renaissance festival tickets. 🐎🏰👸

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Jovy
Girl in the Tower | Katherine Arden
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A great follow-up to the The Bear and the Nightingale. I loved this one even more! Vasya is older and wiser; her journey darker and more dangerous. Beautifully constructed fairy tale. ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

#MMDChallenge Three Books by Same Author 2

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rmaclean4
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Very strong second book in this fantasy series set in medieval Russia. It also makes me very curious about this time in history! Excited to get to the third book in this trilogy. 4 🌟

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wildwoodreads
Girl in the Tower | Katherine Arden
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It‘s feeling like spring in my part of the world. It was a perfect day to finish this read. The writing is lush and descriptive. It would make me pause and reflect on the words I just took in. I couldn‘t ask for anything more. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review: https://readinginthewildwood.com/2020/02/05/the-girl-in-the-tower-by-katherine-a...

DakotaWilde Such a gorgeous picture!!! 3y
idealityandme So jealous! It just snowed 2 feet of snow at my house😭 3y
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uwak
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I was mixed on how to rate this book for different reasons. on one hand, it suffers pretty badly from 'second book syndrome' and the first half of the book is kind of a slog. the second half was a nice return to form and puts the emphasis back on the supernatural elements, which I find way more interesting than the Moscow court politics. ultimately, I guess I give this a 'recommend with certain caveats' rating.

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KatieDid927
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I liked returning to Vasya‘s world and enjoyed the new setting in this one. I look forward to seeing where her journey goes next!

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“A girl rode a bay horse through a forest late at night.”

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl Intriguing 3y
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booksandsympathy
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Despite the city setting, this book was also as magical as the first. So much intrigue. I'm so glad I have all three books in the trilogy and can continue, because it would've been torture to wait for each book.

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Andrea4
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It took me a bit to get into this because I just wanted to get to Vasya. Once the story got there then I was hooked, just like the first book! I loved the reality of the setting, the complexity of it all mixed with the strong fairytale lore. I think I squeed when the first domovoi appeared.☺️ also the discussion around ownership of women was blatant, ugly, and sent chills of anger down my back at times.

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MrsBibliophile
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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) 3y
MrsBibliophile I didn't know! I thought there was just these two... Thank you, I'll have to get the third one. 3y
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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. ☺️