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The Girl in the Tower
A Novel
By (author): Katherine Arden
9781101885963 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Action & Adventure Dec 05, 2017
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.3 x 9.4 x 1.2 in 384 pages Del Rey
The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or 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.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast magical world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her trusted horse, Solovey, into the woods. A battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside quickly earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow. But Vasya must now balance the growing challenges of the life she has chosen, navigating her increasingly risky relationship with Morozko and carefully guarding the secret of her gender to remain in the Grand Prince’s good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

Story Locale: Russia

Series Overview: A young woman with magical abilities must save her people from forces both real and fantastical in this trilogy inspired by Russian fairy tales.

BOOK TWO IN A TRILOGY: The Girl in the Tower is the sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale, Arden’s debut novel, published by Del Rey in January 2017

UNIVERSAL PRAISE for The Bear and the Nightingale: starred reviews from Publishers Weekly (“stunning…will enchant readers from the first page”), Booklist (“Beautifully written…utterly bewitching”), Kirkus (“sumptuous”) and Library Journal (“Fleet and gorgeous as the firebird, a highly recommended exemplar of literary fantasy”), as well as Naomi Novik, Tamora Pierce, Terry Brooks, Robin Hobb, and Todd McCaffrey

NEW VOICE: Just 29, Katherine has lived in Texas, Vermont, Hawaii, Paris, and Moscow, where she first fell in love with the Russian literature that inspired this novel. She holds a B.A. in Russian literature from Middlebury College in Vermont.

Katherine Arden is the author of the national bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale. Born in Austin, Texas, Arden holds a BA in French and Russian from Middlebury College. She has studied Russian in Moscow, taught at a school in the French Alps, and worked on a farm in Hawaii. She currently lives in Vermont.

Author Residence: Middlebury, VT

Author Hometown: Austin, TX

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“Arden’s lush, lyrical writing cultivates an intoxicating, visceral atmosphere, and her marvelous sense of pacing carries the novel along at a propulsive clip. A masterfully told story of folklore, history, and magic with a spellbinding heroine at the heart of it all.”Booklist (starred review)
“[A] sensual, beautifully written, and emotionally stirring fantasy…Fairy tales don’t get better than this.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[Katherine] Arden once again delivers an engaging fantasy that mixes Russian folklore and history with delightful worldbuilding and lively characters.”Library Journal
“A compelling, fast-moving story that grounds fantasy elements in a fascinating period of Russian history.”Kirkus Reviews
“[A] magical story set in an alluring Russia.”Paste


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