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Book of the Week: The Girl in The Tower

January 24, 2018

Book of the Week: The Girl in The Tower

With this second instalment in the fantastic (literally) Winternight Trilogy, Katherine Arden has reminded readers that she is a literary force to be reckoned with! The Girl in The Tower is a new magical fairy tale that follows a young woman in medieval Russia, who must choose between marriage or life in a convent. However, Vasya decides on a new route: magic.

The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile bandits roam the countryside, burning the villages and kidnapping its daughters. Setting out to defeat the raiders, the Prince and his trusted companion come across a young man riding a magnificent horse. Only Sasha, a priest with a warrior's training, recognises this 'boy' as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical...

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"A captivating folktale-inspired adventure laden in mystery, magic and myth, it's the story of Vasya, one of the punchiest heroines I've encountered this year" - The Pool

  • The Girl in The Tower by Katherine Arden
    The Girl in The Tower

    For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or a life in a convent. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical...

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