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The Girl in the Tower

A Novel
Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
Series: Winternight Trilogy, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,294 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

Critic Reviews

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?!

This book has been in my list of possibilities for a long time. I've read ther summary & reviews, listened to the sample yet was never gripped as with some books. I kept it as a back up if I could find nothing else. That day came and so I listened and was engulfed by the amazing story. I listened to the first and when it ended I immediately started on the second, then the third. I am currently listening to the series again. As soon as it was over I started over! I've already finished this first book and just started on number two again!
The narration is amazing. I love the story, the way the book brings history and stories into one world. You will not regret this trilogy!

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Wonderful story

I loved this story. Classic fairytale and excellent narration - I was really drawn in

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wonderful book 2

first of all you could not ask more of a narrartor not only does she differentiate the characters but she captures the tension of battle or storm so you feel it. the book is so creative fairytale brought to life complicated and smart. all Grey's no black and white in good or evil. really there is no better way to pass a car ride but of course at times I brought it in to the house too. historical aspects too!!

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Vasilisa's Glow Up

I am on a sort of odd hurry up and wait quest to read "The Winter Witch" as soon as I can this year (I can hear my white rabbit going "I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date!", which yes, I've quite overbooked myself, my bad, sorry, so sorry all) but as I got approved to read it on Netgalley, and I had bought the other books, I can't start at the end, right?

So I was a bit nervous to throw myself into the audiobook with Kathleen Gati and "The Girl in the Tower" because I'd read "The Bear and the Nightingale" without anyone's voice telling the story but the author and my imagination, lucky Kathleen Gati is very good, I'm not sure if she is Russian or just mimicking it, certainly there were words pronounced in a way a American wouldn't say them, even mimicking a accent, also lucky that "The Girl in the Tower" takes place with Vasilisa far from home but among family for all that it's unfamiliar. I would love if Audible gave more information on narrators/their websites/contact information/backgrounds and not simply sometimes a "hall of fame" recognition photo and a way to sort audiobooks by narrator, which is in my view the bottom of the barrel that they do and can get away with.

I have to say, I ship Moscow's Grand Prince and Vasilisa's monk brother together, cousins and brotherly love and bromance, so I hope I'm not too off mark on that.

I remain curious to how Konstantin and the Medved and Koschei and Khan/Tatars are coming together in a connection like a web, or I suppose a snow flake or the flicker of shadow from a fire.

I don't quite like how Morozko told the truth to Vasilisa, but Solovey was a delightful presence throughout and I have complicated feelings on the sisterly/parent relationship between Olga and Vasilisa and Maria, Vasilisa's niece. Also looking forward to the hints at the mystery behind just why Vasilisa's family is connected to witches and horses and have the sight to see magical creatures usually unseen (oooo, could it be, that great-great grandmother possibly still living is...!?).