The Girl in the Tower nicely moves forward from the ending of The Bear and the Nightingale, with an older, but just as adventurous Vasya. In this second installment, Vasya is accused of withcraft because of her ability to see and communicate with creatures that other people can't, but that people still fear. Superstitions, fear of the unexplained, and suspicion of anyone who may be different put Vasya in actual physical danger if she doesn't choose to either be controlled by a husband or the Christian church through the structure of a convent. Vasya chooses to run and that's where things take off.
The Girl in the Tower is much more adventure and action than world building which moved the story along really well. Although Arden does give the reader more character development for Vasya, we get more of her family connections and new characters are introduced, I did have one small disappointment. I really enjoy Morozko (Frost) as a main character and we don't get as much from him in this one. I am torn on whether that is actually a disappointment or not. Since Vasya really is the central character that everything else revolves around, it's only fair that most of the focus is on her development.
Although The Girl in the Tower felt more like a YA story than The Bear and the Nightingale to me, I did enjoy it and will be happy to get my hands on the next installment. If you haven't read book one yet, I recommend reading it first before jumping into this one. These are great books to pick up now that it's getting colder and the nights are longer. Winter is the perfect backdrop for this series.
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
You can read my review of The Bear and the Nightingale here.