When I first started reading this book, I thought it was going to be the typical fantasy premise of boy hero in training and female warrior who saves his butt. But I decided to give it a chance and was more than pleasantly surprised. I don’t want to give any spoilers away so I’m going to talk more about the overall writing than the plotlines.
The author wove an interesting story with some very unique elements that I’d not come across before. Her world-building was cleverly done in such a way that she made it believable and her descriptions were so good you could easily picture each area the characters found themselves in, particularly in and around Mal Evol .
Her magic system was well thought out and again used inimitable components that were surprising.
Her characters were designed with exceptional depth; I found the main four protagonists extremely likeable and rooted for them when they faced their trials and tribulations. I loved the way the relationships intertwined and how a novice mage (Edwin) became like a brother to those involved in the quest with him, and ended up instructing his teachers and mentors.
The antagonist was skilfully crafted, both in terms of description and the depths of his depravity. His magic system was different to that of the protagonists which made for an interesting twist. She built the tension well at the appropriate points and I certainly did not see the curve ball coming at the end.
The snippets of back story interlaced well, provided clarity to some of the unfolding events and were by no means overdone or overlong.
On the downside, I did find a few minor errors in the text, but they didn’t spoil the pleasure of reading the book.
In conclusion, Tower of Bones was an enjoyable and entertaining read and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.
Also by Connie J Jasperson – Last Good Knight
Connie J Jasperson