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Russian fantasy brought to life

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A fantastic followup to The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower expands upon Katherine Arden's world by incorporating more Russian folklore, landscapes, and history. This time, we follow Vasya, now a spirited young woman, as she ventures away from home and finds herself embroiled in a political conflict that could soon bring war upon Moscow.

Personally, I did not love The Girl in the Tower as much as the first installment of the Winternight trilogy; however, I do think that this novel avoids many of the pitfalls of sequels by crafting a story that feels like an organic progression of the characters' story arcs. I particularly enjoyed the development of Vasya's relationship with Morozko as well as her personal growth.