The Towers of the Sunset (Tor Fantasy) Hardcover – August 1, 1992
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- Publisher : Tor Books; 1st edition (August 1, 1992)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 359 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312852975
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312852979
- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,589,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While you DONT need to read the first book, it DOES help to understand some of the ways order and magic work and the consequences of both and why the "good" wizards wear black and the bad wizards wear white.
In addition to a very new take on magic, what drives this story is the action oriented "chase" aspect as well as the very subtle yet powerful love story woven in the midst of this "chaos" (pun intended)
I want to end on that, often times whats strong in fantasy books are all the magic and spectacle, dragons and crazy stuff. But what is lost is the human magic and THAT element is present even in our "non magic" world. This book does a good blend of making you believe in this amazing magic, while telling a story with compelling and human characters that find struggles and love in ways even we can relate to.
And that is magic we can all bask in
It certainly adds to the first book and you get a good feel of the history of Recluse.
Gripping story, great characters, perfect history lesson for the series as well. It may be the second book in the series (not chronologically within the storyline), but chronicles the Founders and the beginning of Recluce itself.
P.S. If anyone has a hardback copy of this book, I'd really like to negotiate for it.
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Having read that, and then Book 5 (which is the continuation of Lerris' story, and loved them both, I started next on this book.
Well worth the read, and great to have some history of the world I love filled in, as well as some unexpected revelations. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves heroic fantasy - it is well written, the characters are fairly real and flawed, and the balance between order and chaos is the key.
I don't think it's among his best books, but it's a good enough read. A minor gripe that I have with this author is that he obviously writes very fast - he's produced over sixty books, which must mean that he churns out at least two a year - and consequently he doesn't write very well. He could do with a firm editorial hand to deal with the long sentences that get completely out of control, and the occasional misuse of words. I keep wanting to copy-edit.