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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
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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

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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
  • 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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  • 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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  • Katherine
  • 2019-01-08

Thrilling

Words cannot adequately describe how obsessed I am with this series. Vasya is everything I have ever wanted in a heroine: strong, brave, and smart, and she refuses to fit nicely into the tidy boxes people try to put her in. Unlike the girls in many other stories (who fight courageously only to be rescued by someone else at the last minute), Vasya most often is the one who saves herself and others. The voice acting is on point in this audio book, as the narrator really creates the characters with her voice and makes them come alive. Five stars and two thumbs way, way up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-06

still a good story despite characterisation

I still loved the story, the overall plot and conclusions. But about halfway through, Vasya's impulsiveness lost its charm and became annoying. It's not enjoyable to keep using a (main) character flaw repeatedly to move the story along. It makes the main character look like an idiot and seems to make it so that her suffering is deserved.

I had wished for a slightly wiser Vasya in this book. Not this impulsive, unthinking, short-sighted girl playing at "independence". I hope the growth she exhibited towards the end is maintained in the next book.

I was glad to see what had become of Olga and Sasha. I think their characterisation was realistic, even though they were harsh.

Kathleen Gati's performance is impeccable.

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  • Leeann Singleton
  • 2019-01-02

Wonderful fairytale

This is well written fun adventure filled tale. The characters are relatable and intriguing enough you want to see what happens next

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  • SD
  • 2018-12-28

Magical words and story

This book takes you on a ride of ups and downs and left me unable to guess what was coming next. It is wonderful and written in a way that makes the story flow.
Vasilya is a wonderful character full of goodness in a world that tries to tie her down into what is expected. She is a girl who is trying to live her life free and makes many mistakes along the way but such is life.
This book is magic and a perfect Winter read. I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next.