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Bestselling author Garth Nix's amazing Seventh Tower series is back — now with a great new look!

Tal has lived his whole life in darkness. He has never left his home, a mysterious castle of seven towers. He does not see the threat that will tear apart his family and his world. But Tal cannot stay safe forever. When danger strikes, he must desperately climb the Red Tower to steal a Sunstone. He reaches the top... and then he falls into a strange and unknown world of warriors, iceships, and hidden magic. There Tal makes an enemy who will save his life — and who holds the key to his future.

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Tal lives in the Dark World, high in a mountaintop castle, isolated in darkness. He does not think to question the status quo. And then one day he tries to steal a precious sunstone, the only way of assuring his family's position among the Chosen people of The Seventh Tower. After his attempt fails, he falls from the castle straight into the unknown.

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Garth Nix is the New York Times best-selling author of the Seventh Tower series, as well as the acclaimed novels Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children.

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Shoshana, February 6, 2007 (view all comments by Shoshana)
+ Worldbuilding, fast action, compelling protagonist
- A little underwritten, shape of overall narrative not yet clear

This is the first of a 6-book series intended for younger readers. As such, the narrative seems a little thin from an adult perspective. However, Nix is able to evoke character, situation, and complexity even within these parameters, and without a condescending or cute tone. As usual, Nix’s worldbuilding is compelling, with a strong archetypal undertone. The alienness of protagonist Tal’s world does require more exposition than I would like in an adult fantasy novel, but I think it’s necessary here and relatively naturalistic. Nix embeds much of the explanatory matter by two means: Tal’s worried ruminations allow the reader to understand his sociocultural surround and explain his urgency, and encounters with Icecarls allow further elaboration on customs, history, and the pragmatics of the world in which the action takes place. Within a rather grand and novel environment, Nix’s characterization is spare but deft. Tal’s antagonists are Roald Dahl-like in their pleasure in thwarting him, and the reader quickly learns, with Tal, that these intimate obstructions occur in the context of a more ominous, Kafka-like social context.

The storyline from the vantage of the end of this first book seem rather picaresque, though this appears to be a mirror of Tal’s perceptions of the events; the reader understands that the hints of as-yet unrevealed background and history will be further elaborated as Tal continues on his quest. The series is presumably a coming-of-age narrative and hero story, and I expect that Tal's concerns will become less personal and more universal.

The completed series was published from 2000 through 2001, which should suggest relatively good continuity, unlike more meandering and occasional series such as Orson Scott Card's disappointing Alvin Maker books.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439176828
Subtitle:
The Fall
Author:
Nix, Garth
Author:
Ds. Flippucci, S. Rauling &
Author:
Rauling, S.
Author:
Flippucci, DS
Author:
&
Publisher:
Scholastic Paperbacks
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Fantastic fiction
Subject:
Children's stories
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Imaginary places
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Seventh Tower (Paperback)
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20000701
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
09-12

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"Synopsis" by , Tal lives in the Dark World, high in a mountaintop castle, isolated in darkness. He does not think to question the status quo. And then one day he tries to steal a precious sunstone, the only way of assuring his family's position among the Chosen people of The Seventh Tower. After his attempt fails, he falls from the castle straight into the unknown.
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