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- Editor: Demco Media (1 de septiembre de 2000)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0606188894
- ISBN-13: 978-0606188890
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In order to secure his family's position among the Chosen, Tal attempts to steal a sunstone and is caught, so he is banished from the mountaintop castle and thrown into a new, unknown world where great dangers loom.
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Such is the setting of Garth Nix's "The Seventh Tower," which brings together the first three books in his Seventh Tower series -- lots of ice, lots of alien monsters, and the odd trip into a magical otherworld. It's a less complicated story than his works for older readers, but Nix's exceptional writing and a strong pair of lead characters make it a fascinating read.
Tal is desperate -- his father is mysteriously missing, and his mother is terribly ill. The only way he can keep his family from being demoted to Underfolk is by getting a primary Sunstone, and using it to claim a Spiritshadow in the world of Aenir. But there seems to be a conspiracy against him, led by the malevolent Shadowmaster Sushin. Tal's only hope is to scale the Red Tower, and steal a Sunstone from the top.
But his bad luck continues: a monstrous shadow-creature knocks him completely off the Castle, and Tal ends up lost in a snowy wasteland. He's found by the Icecarls, who aren't particularly pleased by his presence -- but after he fixes one of the Sunstones on their ships, they reluctantly send him back. Unfortunately, they're sending him back with the fierce Milla, who is just fine with letting Tal die.
But though they manage to get back into the Castle, the two kids soon discover that they are in the midst of a hellish conspiracy that could kill them both -- or worse. And even when they manage to make their way into Aenir, Tal discovers that a mysterious force in the spirit-world needs his help.
This series is aimed at a slightly younger crowd than Garth Nix's other series, like the Keys to the Kingdom series or his classic Old Kingdom trilogy. But though his writing is slightly simpler here, he still brings to life a vibrant, glowing world of ice and snow, glowing stones and shadowy monsters, elegant castles and fur-encrusted warriors that hunt sea-dwelling hulks.
The first book is a bit slow-moving (despite the dramatic opening), mainly because Tal's attempts to get a Sunstone are a bit repetitive. But things really start picking up when Tal is captured by the Icecarls -- partly because after that, he has to deal with his enemies straight-on -- and Nix really has the chance to flesh out his world, with psychic Crones, land-whale Selski, serpentine glowing-horned Merwins and a half-shadow torturer. It's pretty wild.
The most disappointing part of the story? This is only the first half of the series.
Nix also conjures up two fairly likable heroes: Tal and Milla. Granted, they don't get along very well most of the time, but they complement each other well -- one is a desperate young boy who finds himself losing everything he believed in, while another is a fierce young warrior from a civilization that hates the Chosen's dependence on shadow-things. There are also some fun supporting characters, like the wickedly eccentric Ebbitt or the Storm Shepherds.
"The Seventh Tower" brings together the first three books of Garth Nix's light-and-shadow-filled series, which starts slow but quickly packs in adventure and strange supernatural stuff. Just be prepared to hunt down the next three books.
The Fall is about a young boy named Tal who needs to find a sunstone -- a source and sign of power in his world -- before he is thirteen. His mother is sick and his dad has gone missing so it's up to him to pretty much save the entire family. The catch is that he seems to have all sorts of enemies throughout the castle who are determined to stop him from accomplishing anything.
This book is a great start to an adventure that will follow Tal through 7 more books.
In fact, the only problem I have with the series is that I read each of the books too fast. They're childrens books so I can finish each in a couple of hours and then I wait impatiently until I can go back to the bookstore and get the next one. I think it would be best to keep the next one near you while you read so that you don't have to wait to find out what happens.
It also took me a while to get into the first book but somewhere in the middle of the book I realized that I was really into the story.
All in all, I reccomend the book (and the rest of the series) and even if you don't really like it at first, just give it a shot. You might be pleasantly suprised.