The Girl In The Tower is the second novel in the Winternight Trilogy from American author, Katherine Arden. Inspired by Russian fairy tales, Arden makes another fantastic foray into the atmospheric and enchanting.Real and fantastical forces are woven throughout her second book as her academic specialisation in both French and Russian literature shines through.
Just like with her first novel, if you’re shunned by the sun and revelling in the snug winter nights, this is the book for you. Think fir trees dripping with icicles and a flurry of snowflakes.
In a world where choices for women are that of marriage, or life in a convent, Arden weaves a lyrical story of a young trailblazer; a warrior woman on a journey, descended from the backwoods of Russia, to the high courts of Moscow. The only way to make her adventure work is to disguise herself as a boy and set off into the snow with her stallion companion, Solovey.
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...