I read The Girl in the Tower for the 24in48 Readathon and absolutely loved it. I appreciated the extra excuse of the readathon to devote my Saturday to this novel.
The characters are so unique and exploring the wintery Rus setting made me crave honey and milk. A real treat. Even though the cadence feels like that of a fairy tale, it takes you to unexpected places. I didn't anticipate where this story would go, but I am eager to see where it will go next.
I also appreciated the history captured here. I am a voracious reader of historical fiction but admit I know very little about the Russian transition from a pagan-based society to a Christian-focused. Arden took the familiar trope of a woman disguised as a man and played it out in an unfamiliar environment.
My only regret in reading this is knowing I have to wait for the next chapter. Fans of Juliet Marillier will love this and the first in the series, The Bear and the Nightingale.