Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Seventh Tower book 1 The Fall by Garth Nix

Book Cover

In this first book of The Seventh Tower series, we meet 13 year old Tal, one of the Chosen, who is educated in how to use the sunstones in a world that is enshrouded in darkness.  Tal's father has mysteriously disappeared, his mother is gravely ill, and he must obtain a new Primary Sunstone in order to care for his family.  Having failed in his attempts to gain a Primary Sunstone by asking his relatives, who scorn him, and entering in an Achievement contest, only to be thwarted by the Shadowmaster Shusin, who obviously has a grudge against him, Tal seeks to steal a Sunstone by climbing the tower above the veil, out of the darkness into the sunlight.  Having escaped capture, he is blown away by strong winds to the world outside of the castle, which he did not know existed and meets Milla, one of the Icecarls, a people who he also did not know existed.
Thus begins their quest and adventures together.

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