Review; The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
Description from Goodreads
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...
My Thoughts on the Book
The Girl in the Tower was such an amazing read, plunging you right back into the cold Moscow winter in medieval times. It didn't suffer from the middle book syndrome and I loved the storytelling and complex characters. I ended up rooting for Vasya, even if she made some stupid decisions here and there. Now I'm really looking forward to reading The Winter of the Witch.