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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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"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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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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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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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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Fantastic Russian folktales

It would be wrong to think these folktales are for children and contain short stories that share a type of wisdom. The Girl in the Tower is a wonderful story that opens your mind and heart to a new and complicated world of Medieval Russia, where the monsters and villains are as rich as any fantasy novel out there. Certainly the best folktale I have ever read.

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Spellbinding

Masterfully written; well-performed. This novel is rich in a cold lore that echoes the harshness of winter and invokes hope for spring.

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Magic, just read it

Very good. Read it. Spoilers (kinda) now for the actual review. I honestly don’t know what’s going to happen next because Arden ties up the loose ends so nicely. I could have handled more deaths and misery haha. I was kind of surprised at the ending. Which is a funny thing. Maybe that says more about me though than the book ha ha

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Beautiful book

Usually the second book isn't as good as the first, but that isn't true for this story. Vassia finds herself and grows as a person. We get to know her other siblings and how Vassia can make an impact in the world.

I loved every minute of it.

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I am in awe of this series

I love the beautiful entanglement of folklore, love, and strength. I usually read books like this but the audible version brings the characters to life in an unexpected and enthralling way. I have each book and have read them all as well :) As an adult I find it difficult to find connection to historical fiction/fantasy the way I used to. These stories have reignited my heart. Beautifully written. Fantastically read and performed.