I really liked The Bear and the Nightingale, but I loved The Girl in the Tower so much more! The Girl in the Tower is fast-paced and riveting. Vasya has grown so much throughout the story and has come to understand herself and the world better - and yet, she is still only human, and her actions sometimes come with heartbreaking consequences.
I loved the perspectives of Sasha and Olga in this book, their struggle to understand Vasya and the events back home that they missed, and the limitations of their lives that conflict with their desire to protect their younger sister.
Arden's writing is captivating and magical. Once again, the wintry atmosphere is so perfectly described. It almost gives me a chill every time Morozko makes an appearance (and I love every single moment that he appears in this book). I can't wait for the final book in this trilogy!