• The Girl in the Tower

  • Winternight, Book 2
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, read by Kathleen Gati.

For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or a life in a convent. Vasya will choose a third way: 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....

©2018 Katherine Arden (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Fairy tales within a fairy tale

I often do not like the middle books in trilogies or series - they usually feel like story fillers, not a proper story in itself. The Girl in the Tower is one of the few exceptions.

The story continues immediately after the first book. Or rather, it starts somewhere around the last third or quarter of the first book, but in Moscow, following Vasya's two older siblings, Olga and Sasha. We get a few more different perspectives in this book compared to the first, and Katherine Arden's medieval Russia became grander, bloodier, and slightly more cruel.

Vasya's stubborn challenge on medieval gender roles features prominently in this book. Understandable as Vasya is now sixteen but still wild and headstrong, refusing to live her life walled in either by marriage or the convent. Also more prominent in this book is romance, or rather strong hints of it. I didn't mind either, but the one thing that I missed more of was the old spirits. There are a couple of domovois and banniks, and even a new dvorovoi, but these encounters are few and far between. They are fading in Moscow, but not gone. The struggle between old golds and new carries on.

Yes, this book is a continuation of the first, and is a foreshadowing of the next. But it is also a book in itself. There is another story in this story about fairy tales; and that one (arguably) began and ended in this book. And that is why The Girl in the Tower, despite being in the middle of a trilogy, can stand on its own.

Kathleen Gati's voice remains soft and dreamy. I realise now that the prose itself is lyrical, and perhaps the narrator is building from that. But now she also had hard edges and shrill panic and breathless excitement. Much improved.

Although I love the first book more (largely because I love the girl Vasya more than the teen one), I don't think I loved a middle book as much as I loved this one. If you've read The Bear and the Nightingale, you know you need to read The Girl in the Tower. Get this. Now.

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It just sucks you in.

I enjoyed the first (audio) book. And it's always comforting to hear the same narrator for a series.
My goodness though, this second one. I am eager to start on the next/last book. But I shall be so sorry to finish this trilogy.

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waited a whole year for it..I was not disappointed

I was dying to get my hands on this book for almost a year and a half ...and it did not disappoint !! a masterpiece in which my favorite author and the best story teller cam together in one work of art and fantasy 💞💞 the story was very engaging to the point that i could not sit still without knowing what's next !! i love it and i love vasia and the snow demon and the love story that ignited between them 😍💖😭😭

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I wished it would never end

Newly discovered for me, a stunning trilogy... how will I be able to wait a whole year for the final part?

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-03-18

good sequel

enjoyed the story. All the magic of the first book. but slightly spoiled by the delivery, which was Siri-esque

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  • AliBerks
  • 07-25-18

A beautifully written fairy tale for adults

You need to read book1 first but this continues a brilliant story, beautifully written. My only disappointment was that the third book isn't out until 2019!

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  • Jane Maryon
  • 02-11-20

Love the story, narrator sounds electronic

Really loved the first book, but the voice of the narrator is really electronic, found it very hard to listen to, such a shame as the story is great!!

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  • Daffy And
  • 09-24-21

Loved it!

I enjoyed the characters. Also had interesting twists that I didn't expect. A good view into Russian beliefs and I'm always interested to see old beliefs mix and conflict with Christianity.

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  • Line Gulsett
  • 06-03-21

Love the story and the reader is amazing

This is book nr 2 in the trio. Dutch a good story. Hard to put away. Dream away with Vasya battle and adventures. The reader is really really good. Please tell to lisen to, helps to make the book extra good. Not to fast not to slow. The story teller is 50% on audiobooks and here it’s works so well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-29-20

More magic

Another beautifully written and magical story - I can’t wait for the last part of this trilogy. If you like fairytales just close your eyes and be transported to Russia in the winter. Thank you Audible and Katherine and Kathleen, just wonderful.

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  • L C
  • 12-12-21

Superb story

A magnificent story full of vivid imagery and tension and really evoking a sense of Russian folklore. The reading was a little disappointing, especially in narrative passages as the voice often lacked modulation and expression.

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  • Stephanie Heads
  • 01-26-21

I loves this book!

An amazing story, just like the first book in the trilogy. Wonderfully written and the narrator reads beautifully and brings the characters to life. Full of magic, folklore and suspense. Everything needed for a great story.

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  • RachelG
  • 10-25-20

Brilliant!!!

I was worried this book wouldn't be as good as the previous one in the series, but it was eqully brilliant. I loved the story and it is beautifully read. 10 out of 10.

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  • judy forbes
  • 01-05-20

Totally gripping

This is the second book
Of the Trilogy. I read the Bear and the Nightingale and loved it. As I had a lot of driving to do I got the The Girl in the Tower on audible and enjoyed it even more. It is beautifully told.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-22

A magical delight

I loved the evolving story of Vasilisa in fairytale, medieval Russia. The narration was wonderful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-21

loved it

This is book 2 of the series and I am still loving it. so good.

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  • Yvette M Bauder
  • 12-07-20

Beautiful

I am totally in love with the series. It is one of the best tales I have picked up in a long time. Whether it is because I know nothing about Russian folklore, or whether it is just the joy of reading something written so beautifully it is now one of my favourites.

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  • Rachael
  • 08-12-20

Lost in Old Moscow

I loved this and finished it so quickly! I'm making my way through the trilogy in lockdown in winter in Melbourne. The mix of old Russian folklore plus historical accuracy makes for a magical tale. I was immersed in old Russia as with the first book too

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  • Monica
  • 08-27-19

So good! Would recommend to anyone!

This trilogy is so wonderful, I'd recommend it to almost anyone. Kept some mystery, there's adventure, fighting, the supernatural, romance and friendship. I honestly cant even explain how much I loved the series.

I also really loved that the narrator did the accents and different voices, it really brought the story to life. My only complaint is that she spoke so slowly that I had to keep it at 1.75x or 2.0x to keep up with the pace of the book. So really, think of it at like a 7.5-9hr read

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  • Miss Tanya Heywood
  • 06-13-19

Beautiful

A magical tale which was beautifully read. I loved every second. I could not stop listening.

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  • Lunagirl
  • 05-14-19

Loved it

Fabulous story... never stops, compelling heroine... love the interweaving of myth and magic. Arden is a great storyteller.

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  • Jade Llanes
  • 09-06-18

AMAZING

Very engaging, great for reading and listening. performance was fabulous, with great accents. Could listen to it over and over again.

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  • Mary
  • 06-17-18

Gripping, better than the first book!

Story really picks up in this 2nd book for me. By the end of the story i was holding my breath not knowing how it would end. I applaud the author for a vivid tale & the Russian medieval setting is refreshing. Can't wait for the third book now!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-02-18

Excellent Author

I very much loved the story and characters however some of the english pronunciation were unusual.