If you read my review of Katherine Arden’s The Bear and the Nightingale, you’ll know that I became 100% obsessed with it. So of course I had to jump right into the sequel, The Girl in the Tower. Spoiler: I LOVED THIS BOOK, TOO. ❤️ In recent months, I’ve found it more difficult to lose myself in stories. I blame it on my restless brain that’s always trying to focus on 10+ things at the same time. 😵 But this series has ended that slump, and waiting until August for the final book in the trilogy is going to take some serious willpower!
Even though I’ve tried to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, if you have not yet read The Girl in the Tower, there may still be some spoiler-y details ahead.
Not sure what this book is about? You can find a short synopsis here! 🙂
What I Liked: I’m happy that this book explored new places, like the Lavra and Moscow, and the descriptions were just as detailed and vivid as they were in The Bear and the Nightingale. We catch up with Sasha and Olga, having not seen them since their departure from Lesnaya Zemlya in the first book. And although both frustrated me at times, I think it’s clear that they often feel torn between societal expectations and their familial concern for Vasya, who is very much unconcerned with fitting in or being trapped in a life she despises. Every scene with Morozko was fantastic, but I’m probably biased… 😏 (See my review of The Bear and the Nightingale for more gushing.) I also appreciated the inclusion of a new — and unexpected — villain and the secrets he brings to light. Plot-wise, this installment in the series does a great deal of work, and it gives the reader just enough foreshadowing to leave them counting down the days until The Winter of the Witch is published. (Only 200 more to go until August 14th! 😁)
What I Disliked: As with the first book, I didn’t want this book to end. And I did that thing where I read the last few lines and turned the page to keep reading, only to find that it was over. 😞 That’s honestly the only thing I have to complain about. Oh, and the fact that this book left me EMOTIONALLY WRECKED. 😭 But I’m not too upset about that.