I visited my parents for the long weekend and when I arrived, what did I find waiting for me? The Seven Towers by Patricia Wrede. I have read most of her books and have enjoyed every one. I think my favourites are her Enchanted Forest Chronicles, featuring the Princess Cimorene, which starts with Dealing with Dragons. Her most recent book is The Thirteenth Child (book 1 in the Frontier Magic trilogy) and I can’t wait for the next book. Unfortunately, when I checked the author’s website there isn’t a date or even a title mentioned regarding book 2
The Seven Towers is set in a fantasy world with magic. The book is named after the Seven Towers that were build centuries ago, each in one of the seven kingdoms of the land. The tribes from the south are rumoured to be coming north in the summer. One of the Kings believes the threat and is trying to build an army from treaties with his neighbours. Another King refused to believe his Chief Advisor about the threat and even went so far as to convict him as a traitor.
The story follows seven characters, and is told in two alternating storylines. I often find when I read books with two alternating narratives that one story is more compelling than the other and I am disappointed to switch back to the second storyline. However, that was definitely not the case with this book. At the end of every chapter, I thought “Noooo! I want to know what happens next!” and then would start reading the next chapter and be caught back up in the alternate storyline. So I just read the whole book really quickly!
Of all the characters in the book, I definitely have a favourite. Amberglas is a sorceress and her dialogue was priceless! I could see how if I was conversing with her, I too would be confused yet as a reader, and one step removed from the situation, it was incredibly amusing! The story does conclude at the end of the book, although I wouldn’t mind another story that includes Amberglas.