by Garth Nix
Part of the The Seventh Tower series
Second title in fantasy adventure series, THE SEVENTH TOWER, from bestselling author, Garth Nix.
In the Dark World, society is ranked according to colour clans and the most precious commodity is light.
In all the world there is only one place that ever sees the sun, a seven-towered castle on a mountain high above the desolate ice lands below. Tal, a Chosen, and Milla, an Icecarl, have been thrown together on a dangerous quest to gain a Sunstone.
They must reach the Castle of the Seven Towers, home for Tal, but a dangerous and strange place for Milla. From the deadly Hall of Nightmares to the magical chambers of Tal's great-uncle Ebbitt, they must navigate the Castle without being discovered.
Sinister forces are conspiring against them and it will take all their strength just to survive...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 240 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/10/2008
- Category: Adventure
- ISBN: 9780007261208
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Review by soybean-soybean
it was alright. tiny kids' level :p
Review by shanaqui
Like The Fall, Castle is a short and easy read, aimed at reasonably young children. It's quite simplistic, but that doesn't stop it being fun. It's not very complicated, but that makes it a nice read to relax into, and I do still love Nix's worldbuilding. There's more there in the background than you think, when you stop and wonder about it: for example, now I'm wondering about the Crones, about what's up with the dream stuff, about the origins of the Castle, about what exactly Aenir is, about Ebbitt, about... You get the drift.<br/><br/>Each book ends on a cliffhanger, which I'm already beginning to find irritating. Still, in the Keys of the Kingdom books, Garth Nix proved quite good at varying the formula of his endings and openings, so I have hope.<br/><br/>My medievalist trained brain wants to compare the Icecarls to the Norse -- drawing parallels along the way with Tolkien, and Northern Courage -- but I don't think that's quite right. Some similarities in society, and alliterative poetry but not quite of the same metre.