”Sasha looked at his sister. He has never thought of her as girlish, but the last trace of softness was gone. The quick brain, the strong limbs were there: fiercely, almost defiantly present, though concealed beneath her encumbering dress. She was more feminine than she had ever been, and less. Witch. The word drifted across his mind. We call such women so, because we have no other name.”
Continuing almost immediately from where The Bear and the Nightingale left off, Vasya’s journey continues into new and dangerous situations. While TBatN was more of a flowy, magical fairy tale, The Girl in the Tower definitely takes it up a notch, focusing on plot and forward momentum. Some of the meandering lyricalness of the first book is lost, but it doesn’t detract from Vasya’s growth and her struggle with becoming a young woman in a world that doesn’t approve of the kind of woman she’d like to be. With only the slightest touch of the sophomore slump, I’m still incredibly excited to pick up the third and final volume. This continues to be one of the best historical magic series I’ve ever read.