The Tower by Jean Johnson

Guardians of Destiny, Book 1

Synopsis: When serpent crept into their hall:
Danger waits for all who board,
Trying to steal that hidden tone.
Painted Lady saves the lord;
Tower’s master’s not alone.

In a fertile valley undisrupted by the aether-shattering death of the old Aian Empire, the Tower and its Guardians have entertained generations of wealthy mirror-scrying mages while adventurers from around the world risk their lives for fortune and fame. But on the one day the Tower stood unguarded, an intruder tried to seize the magic powering the vast structure. Now, locked out of the Tower’s innermost chambers, Kerric Vo Mos must brave the deadly traps keeping trespassers at bay in order to reclaim control.

Unfortunately, Kerric wields a pen far better than a sword, and the way into the Tower’s sanctum is treacherous. Only the help of an experienced player like Myal the Mendhite can get him to where he must go. But mutual respect will not be enough. Passion must also be employed, along with armor and weapons, as they embark on a perilous quest past monsters, riddles, and other dangers that even the Tower’s most dedicated viewers have never seen before.

Review: I appreciate Jean Johnson and I have read many books from her different series. This author has an undeniable talent when it comes to create her worlds and once again, she shows us something completely unique. And it’s always fascinating to see what the author has for us.

Kerric is the great wizard dealing with the tower. He never leaves it, but every once in a while he goes out for a change. But then during one of his few trips, someone attacks and the tower defense mode starts. It therefore becomes imperative for our mage to regain the building. But for that he will have to defeat many levels and especially be accompanied by a woman who knows how to deal with a sword, unlike him, to help him in this quest. Yet this mission could be more to him than he would have originally thought.

Our two heroes are pretty cute together and we are sure that their relationship will evolve fast enough. I was quite intrigued by the character of Kerric. He is a different kind of hero that we can seen in literature, he is not the best or the biggest or even the strongest, but he also has many things for him. And despite his lack of assets, he never gives up and accept the person he is to highlight his advantages. Regarding her companion, she is shy and yet also knows what she wants. Kerric and this woman are very different and yet they complement each other perfectly both. But I admit it was difficult for me to be interested into the characters or about their quest. I think I didn’t really manage to get into the story or to be swept away by the rhythm of the novel. It’s a shame because the ideas are good and the steps to the tower were also intriguing. I didn’t really get into the novel to be able to appreciate the subtleties. But I ‘m sure the book will appeal to other persons!

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