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The Girl in the Tower

A Novel
Written by: Katherine Arden
Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage and 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.

©2017 Katherine Arrden (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"A beautiful deep-winter story, full of magic and monsters and the sharp edges of growing up." (Naomi Novik)

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  • jp
  • 2018-09-29

Wonderfully rich story

Loved it.
Rich story and characters, I would rank Katherine Arden right up with author Guy Gavriel Kay

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  • Erin Michelle Ross
  • Quebec, Canada
  • 2018-02-21

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

This sequel of the The Bear and the Nightingale, Kathleen Gati is a stunning performer of these books. Medieval Rus is an intense place to be!

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  • Heather Garrison
  • 2018-01-04

Captivating

Just as in the first book in this series, I felt a strong connection to Vasya despite the differences in age, era, surroundings. This second book was every bit as captivating as the first and I look forward to the third!

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  • MJenkins
  • 2019-02-05

Hard to Follow

I read a hard copy of first book in this series and really enjoyed it so I figured I’d listen to the 2nd book on audible. However, I feel like I missed a lot listening to this book. By listening to it I couldn’t quite visualize the story and the characters in the same way as when I read the first book. There was just too much going on to take in and weave together. The story line in general wasn’t as good as the first either. I think I may try reading the hard copy and maybe all of the small details, nuances and foreshadowing won’t be lost in translation.

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  • Tigermae
  • 2018-11-14

distracting accents

I love this series, but found the accents too distracting and that it changed the feeling of the book too drastically for me. I like the effort to add accents, but it felt forced...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-02-26

Magical

I absolutely loved this book. Kathleen Gati did a fantastic job with the characters and her pronunciation of the Russian words. This was a magical story that warmed me from the inside out. I can not wait for the next book to come out!

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  • Laura H. Lynch
  • 2018-02-21

A marvelous second novel of medieval Rus'.

I love the setting, the fairy tales, and the characters. I look forward to the final novel in the series.

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  • Customer
  • 2018-02-18

Love love older this series

A fascinating look at Russian history and fairytales. Every minute is captivating. Kathleen Gati could read the dictionary and I would listen! Her performance makes a wonderful book magical.

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  • Randa D.
  • 2019-03-18

best book

So good, from start to finish . I love the reader of this story, she is amazing.

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  • Tigerlily64
  • GA
  • 2019-03-12

Historical Fiction, Russia in the Medieval period

A young heroine gives offerings to the ancient spirits and resists the orthodox priest who spreads fear among the peasants of the village.

Fascinating, a wonderful listen.

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  • Sherre
  • 2019-03-10

Fascinating

I couldn't stop listening. The story is fascinating and the reading with its Russian sound is wonderful.