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Author: Katherine Arden Narrator: Kathleen Gati Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Winternight Trilogy Release Date: December 2017 ISBN: 9780525496540
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A remarkable young woman blazes her own trail, from the backwoods of Russia to the court of Moscow, in the exhilarating sequel to Katherine Arden’s bestselling debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale. Katherine Arden’s enchanting first novel introduced readers to an irresistible heroine. Vasilisa has grown up at the edge of a Russian wilderness, where snowdrifts reach the eaves of her family’s wooden house and there is truth in the fairy tales told around the fire. Vasilisa’s gift for seeing what others do not won her the attention of Morozko—Frost, the winter demon from the stories—and together they saved her people from destruction. But Frost’s aid comes at a cost, and her people have condemned her as a witch. Now Vasilisa faces an impossible choice. Driven from her home by frightened villagers, the only options left for her are marriage or the convent. She cannot bring herself to accept either fate and instead chooses adventure, dressing herself as a boy and setting off astride her magnificent stallion Solovey. But after Vasilisa prevails in a skirmish with bandits, everything changes. The Grand Prince of Moscow anoints her a hero for her exploits, and she is reunited with her beloved sister and brother, who are now part of the Grand Prince’s inner circle. She dares not reveal to the court that she is a girl, for if her deception were discovered it would have terrible consequences for herself and her family. Before she can untangle herself from Moscow’s intrigues—and as Frost provides counsel that may or may not be trustworthy—she will also confront an even graver threat lying in wait for all of Moscow itself. Praise for The Girl in the Tower “[A] magical story set in an alluring Russia.”Paste “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 Download and start listening now!

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  • “Narrator Kathleen Gati invites listeners to embark on a journey of defiance and bravery alongside protagonist Vasilisa Petrovna. Gati seamlessly brings to life the myriad characters found in Kathleen Arden’s second Winternight Trilogy novel. Most of the reappearing ‘chert’” that aid Vasilisa are characterized by their disconcerted and raspy voices, though some, like the ‘bannik’ and the demon, have softer, slyer tones. While born of a high social class, Vasilisa doesn’t put on airs. Read by Gati, her words are always steady and confident as she fights for her and her family’s freedom. Weaving Russian history and folklore with a powering narrative, this audiobook makes for a captivating listen. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A January 2018 LibraryReads Pick

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About the Author

Katherine Arden studied French and Russian literature at university. Having received her BA magna cum laude, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, where she worked every kind of odd job imaginable. She has a passion for travel and spent a year teaching English in France.

About the Narrator

Kathleen Gati is an award-winning actress who has starred in a number of Hungarian television series and films.