Title: The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2)
Author: Katherine Arden
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
I am in love with this series, and I know I shouldn’t be invested in more series because I honestly cannot keep up. But, if you’ve read the first book of this series, you’ll understand why it is so worth your time to read it. That being said, I am having a hard time finishing this book.
The main character? Oh man, she is problematic af. I used to like her voice but comes the second book, her voice is just annoying and I found myself wanting to slap herself silly. Like, I get she understands nothing, and she felt like she’s merely a pawn, but come the f on, stop being a know it all. We all know what horrible things would happen when one acts like a know it all.
So, yeah, story wise, this book is still as gripping, if not more, than the first one. I really felt like I’m at the end of my seat the whole time. Character wise? Damn, I can totally go by without having to listen to the inner voice of our dear main character.
But, and here’s where the book redeem itself. Yes, the main character was annoying this time around, but I can also feel the change in her as a character, that there was a sense of evolution from the first book to the second (though technically the timeline has not been far apart). It’s interesting to see a character evolution that made sense.
The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.
Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.
Many people say ‘Better to die’ until the time comes to do it.