The Girl in the Tower

Winternight Trilogy #2

Katherine Arden

fiction fantasy historical
adventurous emotional mysterious slow-paced

364 pages | first published 2017

For a young woman in medieval Russia, the choices are stark: marriage or a life in a convent. Vasya will choose a third way: magic...

The court of the Grand Prince of Moscow is plagued by power struggles and rumours of unrest. Meanwhile bandits roam the countryside, burning the villages and kidnapping its daughters. Setting out to defeat the raiders, the Prince and his trusted companion come across a young man riding a magnificent horse.

Only Sasha, a priest with a warrior's training, recognises this 'boy' as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical...

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adventurous 96%
emotional 57%
dark 50%
mysterious 50%
tense 36%
inspiring 13%
sad 10%
challenging 9%
reflective 6%
hopeful 5%
informative 2%
lighthearted 1%
funny 0%


medium 64%
slow 18%
fast 17%

Plot- or character-driven?

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Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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