Fresh, Unique Fantasy
This second book in the Winternight Trilogy well follows up the story begun in The Bear and the Nightingale. Vasya, now grown, takes on even more life as she leaves her childhood home to seek out the world on the back of her supernatural horse, Solovey. Set primarily against the backdrop of Moscow, we get a taste of the metropolitan scene (as it were) in contrast to book one's rural village. As with the previous book, Katherine Arden's swift paced storytelling, and beautiful writing sucked me in and had me hanging on every last word. In a world of fantasy writing where there are often so many wasted words in descriptions that leave the reader bogged down, and unable to continue, The Girl in the Tower has no superfluous words. (Can I get an Amen?)
This second installment brought to mind classic fantasy heroines like Tamora Pierce's Alanna, but remains a fresh and unique story on today's fantasy literature landscape. Readers will finish and immediately begin longing for book three!
I recieved this book as an ARC from the publishers through BookishFirst, a fact which does not influence my review of it.