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The Girl in the Tower

Winternight, Book 2
Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
5 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, read by Kathleen Gati.

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....

©2018 Katherine Arden (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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AMAZING

Very engaging, great for reading and listening. performance was fabulous, with great accents. Could listen to it over and over again.

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Gripping, better than the first book!

Story really picks up in this 2nd book for me. By the end of the story i was holding my breath not knowing how it would end. I applaud the author for a vivid tale & the Russian medieval setting is refreshing. Can't wait for the third book now!

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  • Jen
  • 02-06-2018

Excellent Author

I very much loved the story and characters however some of the english pronunciation were unusual.

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  • Nichola
  • 23-02-2018

I wished it would never end

Newly discovered for me, a stunning trilogy... how will I be able to wait a whole year for the final part?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-2018

good sequel

enjoyed the story. All the magic of the first book. but slightly spoiled by the delivery, which was Siri-esque

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  • AliBerks
  • 25-07-2018

A beautifully written fairy tale for adults

You need to read book1 first but this continues a brilliant story, beautifully written. My only disappointment was that the third book isn't out until 2019!

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  • B. M. Curry
  • 09-01-2019

Dreary narration.

I really wanted to enjoy this. I’ve read the Bear and the Nightingale and enjoyed it enough to buy the kindle and audible of the Girl in the Tower.
Sadly the voice of the narrator was dreary, expressionless and speaking in an accent that was sometimes difficult to follow when I was on the move. I know it was set in Moscow, but I can imagine it being in Russia even without the accent.
I felt as though the narrator was bored with it- and if she was bored, how was I encouraged to be interested.
I may try to read the kindle version one day, but the narrated version on audible has put me off.

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  • Rebecca B
  • 24-11-2018

Loved the language and the imagery.

I read the first book in the trilogy and couldn't wait to download this. The complicated names and language challenge the reader and I loved the author's explanations of the Russian words/tales. This created vivid images with a good balance of historic licence, fantasy & human emotion.

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  • geekclique
  • 28-10-2018

Thoroughly enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book. The reading is excellent and I appreciate that a reader with Russian family members was found, so that pronunciation of Russian names and words was accurate and consistent.
I preferred the atmosphere of the first book, but know that most in my reading preferred the adventures and wider world explored in this one. If you found the first book a little slow or lacking in action then I strongly recommend you give this one a try.
I look forward to listening to the third book soon.

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  • KosmicTea
  • 20-10-2018

love love love it

Such a good book, a magical warm cosy tale. can't wait for the next one!

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  • stephen moss
  • 06-10-2018

Gripping and magical.

An adult fairytale about the fairytales of medieval Russia. Brilliantly told and read as it builds on the characters and worlds introduced in book 1. Audacious heroine and colourful manipulative wicked villain.

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  • Bethany Kelly
  • 02-03-2018

As magical as the first

Richly woven narrative, compelling and complex characters and fascinating dip into Medieval Russia, I cannot recommend this series enough for snuggling down with of a cold winter's night.

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  • ANNABEL
  • 25-02-2018

These are wonderful stories!

I love this book and the first in the series, more than anything I’ve heard recently. Everything about the novel and the audio performance was spellbinding. I’m waiting as patiently as I can for book three. The characters are so engaging and the descriptions are excellent. The story is thrilling. I have nothing negative, not even slightly, to say about it. I’m going to buy the books.

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  • Mrs U
  • 11-02-2018

Another magical wonder

I love Vasya and her continuing adventures. A magical wintery fairytale that grabs your heart.