The Girl in the TowerWinternight Trilogy, Book Two
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.
Praise for The Girl in the Tower
[A] sensual, beautifully written, and emotionally stirring fantasy... Fairy tales don’t get better than this. - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)read full review
[A] magical story set in an alluring Russia. - PASTE
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)
[Katherine] Arden once again delivers an engaging fantasy that mixes Russian folklore and history with delightful worldbuilding and lively characters. - LIBRARY JOURNAL
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Set in the cold winter of a medieval Russian wilderness, this is the story of a girl who must draw on strange gifts that she has long concealed in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have sprung from her nurse's most frightening fairy tales. Includes The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower, and The Winter of the Witch.
Fairy tales are sweet on winter nights, nothing more