Wednesday, 11 April 2018
FANTASY REVIEW: The Books of Babel Trilogy 1 and 2: Senlin Ascends and Arm of the Sphinx - Josiah Bancroft
DISCOVER THE EXTRAORDINARY DEBUT THAT HAS GOT EVERYONE TALKING
Mild-mannered headmaster, Thomas Senlin prefers his adventures to be safely contained within the pages of a book. So when he loses his new bride shortly after embarking on the honeymoon of their dreams, he is ill-prepared for the trouble that follows.
To find her, Senlin must enter the Tower of Babel - a world of geniuses and tyrants, of menace and wonder, of unusual animals and mysterious machines. And if he hopes to ever see his wife again, he will have to do more than just survive . . . this quiet man of letters must become a man of action.
If you want a book that not only breaks the rules but smashes them to pieces in its own creativity that will lead others to follow in this new set of foot steps then you need to start this series from Josiah.
Its beautifully woven selection of worlds (as each layer brings new cast, dangers, contexts and environments) situated around one mans plight to find his beloved. It has great prose, great twists with manipulations and above all demonstrates what our hero will undergo to be reunited with his wife.
Add to the mix a good solid understanding of dialogue and pace that allows you to take brief breaks in order to catch your breath before the next revelation and all round its the start to a series that if it continues in this vein is going to be epic. Cracking.
Forced by necessity into a life of piracy, Senlin and his eclectic crew struggle to survive aboard their stolen airship as the hunt for his lost wife continues. But the Tower of Babel is proving to be as difficult to re-enter as it was to escape.
Hopeless and desolate, they turn to a legend of the tower, the mysterious Sphinx. But help from the sphinx doesn't come cheaply and, as Senlin knows, debts aren't always what they seem in the Tower of Babel.
The second book in the Books of Babel series and one that really does help expand not only the world but also allows the reader to get more personal with Senlin's crew of characters as they not only fill out a bit more but add complex layers to the story which not only leaves you wondering whats going to happen but how events will twist and turn their goals and beliefs.
Its a delightful read, one that helps add additional depth to the worlds within but also give you mythos that feels like this is an epic quest for the ages as events weave their way where tricks and twists leave you wondering which way is up.
Back this up with a stellar authorly voice that stands out from others alongside great plotlines and use of prose alongside pace and the wait for the final tale will be a long time coming. Cracking.