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5.0 out of 5 stars What is Slimy Sushin's problem?
Just had to ask that question - that creep Sushin, who kept Tal from getting his Sunstone in The Fall (1st in the series), has somehow been promoted by the time Tal and Milla get back to the castle, and he's scheming...
In addition to the great mental pictures the author skillfully paints in this book (for a small example, I kind of had the same reaction as Tal did...
Published on June 25 2002 by Dawn Kessinger

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3.0 out of 5 stars Worst One
I think that the other 3 (soon 4) seventh tower books were better. I have a group of 4 friends including me and we all think the order goes Fall Above the Veil Aenir Castle
Published on May 13 2001 by JIM HYNEK JR


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4.0 out of 5 stars The Seventh Tower Series' Castle (Book 2), May 7 2004
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This review is from: The Seventh Tower: Castle (Paperback)
Tal Graile-Rerem has embarked on his quest to get home and to get many Sunstones for the clan of the Far-Raiders. And they sent help of the worst kind. In a word, Milla. The Icecarl girl hates Tal, so much to the point of wanting to kill him! But she is fiercely loyal to her clan, and she and Tal have a bond between them. When they are going to the Castle through the air pipes which lead to the Underfolk levels, they find a Sunstone on a skeleton. A powerful Sunstone, too. A little way up, though, they encounter bad air. They both black out. What will happen to Tal and Milla? Read the second book of this compelling series to find out!
I liked this book a lot more than I liked the first, because this one had a little more action. It still plodded along a bit at the beginning, but then it turned into a spellbinder! Things got darker and tenser as Nix picked up the story and turned it into a twisted mystery of sorts. This was definately a good read! I'd recommend this book to young people and adults ages 10 and up. I hope that you enjoy the secong book of the 7th Tower series, 'Castle'!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid follow-up, Sept. 18 2003
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Seventh Tower: Castle (Paperback)
Life is tough if you're a Garth Nix protagonist. The author cuts right to the chase in the second book of the Seventh Tower series, "Castle," by picking up where "The Fall" left off. Things get darker and tenser, and the mystery becomes even more twisted.
Tal's family is being mysteriously victimized, and will become outcasts unless he can get into the mystical land of Aenir. But now he's captive of the Icecarls, and is the grudging ally of the tough wannabe-shieldmaiden Milla. After meeting with the ancient Mother Crone, Tal agrees to help sneak Milla in, so they can both find Sunstones -- he for his family, she for her people.
But they have more trouble. After getting inside and consulting with Uncle Ebbitt, he tells them that they must find the Codex in Aenir. Then things take a hideous turn: The two kids are captured. Tal is imprisoned in the Pit -- and discovers something about his father's fate. And Milla is trapped with the half-shadow-half-man monster Fashnek, in the Hall of Nightmares...
Though "Castle" is not as strong as "Fall," it's a darker, weirder story that adds to the mystery. Why does Sushin hate Tal and his family so much? What is happening to the Sunstones, if they're dying and becoming useless? And who was the mysterious Longface, a Chosen taken in by the Icecarls -- what was he terrified of?
Nix's talent for fantastical horror is also more evident here, in the hideous Fashnek, who has an insectile shadow-claw over part of his body. While "Fall" was pretty much pure fantasy, "Castle" has the darker, more macabre bits -- probably even more as the series progresses. And his talent for creating familiar but alien cultures now extends to the Icecarls as well as the Chosen.
Tal was a well-rounded character to start with, and he doesn't disappoint in this book. Milla gets a bit more depth, and shows some liking for Tal and Uncle Ebbitt. She softens a little bit, while being no less tough. Uncle Ebbit is likably quirky, but more serious, and the Mother Crone is an intriguing old wisewoman.
The second part of the "Seventh Tower" series is a little darker than the first book, and a little more of what fans expect from Nix. And he knows when to stop, just to make them dash eagerly for "Aenir."
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5.0 out of 5 stars What is Slimy Sushin's problem?, June 25 2002
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Dawn Kessinger (Lima, OH United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Seventh Tower: Castle (Paperback)
Just had to ask that question - that creep Sushin, who kept Tal from getting his Sunstone in The Fall (1st in the series), has somehow been promoted by the time Tal and Milla get back to the castle, and he's scheming...
In addition to the great mental pictures the author skillfully paints in this book (for a small example, I kind of had the same reaction as Tal did to the Mother Crone's eyes...) I really liked how 13-year-old Tal and 14-year-old Milla learned how to work together despite their differences. What's really cool is how neither Tal nor Milla change who they are for the other person (though their characters DO grow) and still manage to form a team. Now we don't really know that Tal and Milla like each other, necessarily, and they still argue and tease each other, but as the two face more challenges - sometimes even apart (they get separated and Tal faces the Pit while Milla gets tossed into the Hall of Nightmares), they find ways to get back together and to help one another. I can't wait to see what happens next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art., June 3 2001
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The story begins after the shield maidens rescue Tal and Milla. Once Milla is heald they set off with a map carved by someone who came from the castle years ago. They use the map and nearly get themselves killed by going over a hudge abyss and climbing through the pipes in the castle. All their troubles result in them getting caught. The people of the castle however live in ignorance of the outside world though and they think that only they and the underfolk exist and that the underfolk exit to serve them. So when Milla is discovered she is thought to be a rebel underfolk who has formed the world of Icecarls in her imagination and she is sent to the hall af nightmares. A place that has driven many people before her into insanity. Tal is sent to prison and he discovers ther something about his father's disaperence (which is what got him into all the trouble in the first place.)The book ends on a cliff hanger again and leaves you wanting more. I was so impatient that I picked up 'Aenir' instantly and continued reading as if I hadn't even changed books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Garth Nix does it again!, Sept. 29 2000
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David Wilson (Massachusetts) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Seventh Tower: Castle (Paperback)
Castle is the second installment in the Seventh Tower series. In the last book, The Fall, Tal is hurled away form the castle to be found by Icecarls, a nomadic people that follow animal migrations for survival. Milla, an Icecarl girl, is ordered to help Tal get back to the castle and, in return, get a new sunstone for her clan's iceship. In this book Tal and Milla get back to the castle only to find that Tal's family is on the wrong side of a political power play. Tal's father disappeared in the first book and now his younger brother appears to have been kidnapped. With his mother ill and his sister forced to live with a couple of very nasty relatives, Tal turns to his eccentric Great-Uncle Ebbitt for help. After many narrow escapes, Tal and Milla enter the spirit word of the Chosen, of which Tal's family are members, in order to find a book that may help them solve the mystery of Tal's father's disappearance.
In the first book Nix tears down traditional gender roles. He continues to do that in this book while at the same time rounding out the major characters personalities. We begin to see more sides of both Tal and, especially, Milla. In this book Nix also starts to address the cultural arrogance that both Tal and Milla have learned from their societies. I think Nix has a great way of addressing some of the major social concerns of today's society in an a manner that's easily digestible for the intended age group for this book. He does so with an intriguing and well written story. I think that the book (and series) will appeal to both boys and girls since the both heros play an equal role in the story and both are dependent on the other equally for survival. If fact, at the end of this book both Tal and Milla realize just that.
I highly recommend this book. It's enlightening and it's a terrific fantasy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read Aenir!, Aug. 6 2001
This review is from: The Seventh Tower: Castle (Paperback)
After the Shield Maiden rescues Tal and Milla and after Milla heals from her wounds the two set out on the daring journey to the castle. Tal is a Chosen, meaning the Castle is his home. He is on a mission to save his family from bad Chosens. Millia is an Icecarl warrior, she is out to get the Sunstone for her people so they don't have to live in the darkness and she can become a Shield Maiden. Something she desperatly wants to be more than anything. After jumping a chasm and going through a heatway tunnels the two end up getting captured anyway. Tal ends up in a pit where he learns the true thing about his father's dissapearence and Milla ends up in the dreaded Hall of Nightmares. However with much help from Tal's great uncle Ebbit they manage to escape but can they survive?
This is a great fantasy book and recommend it to everyone. I can't wait to read Aenir!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing sequel to an amazing book., Oct. 29 2000
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The Seventh Tower #2, Castle , is set with an exciting plot that is sure to keep eyesy glued. Continued from a breathtaking ending of Book One, Tal and Milla struggle to the Castle. Tal still needs a Sunstone for his mother , and Milla needs a Sunstone for her family. For Milla, an Icecarl warrior, Tal is person she must trust in order for her to survive. For Tal, a Chosen, he knows that he must forge an alliance with Milla, but she is far stronger and violent then Tal. The two are different, but they must learn to trust one another no matter what. But it looks as if there are other people out for Tal and Milla. Who are these conspirers, and why are they doing what they are doing ?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!, Oct. 1 2000
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First of all I have been waiting for this book to come out, for what seemed like an eternity! The first one really leaves you hanging, so you have to read that one first, but unfortunetly this one ends with a cliff hanger too. Tal has returned to his home, the Castle after being out in a mysterious world full of ice and danger, to find a definalty not so warm welcome. Enemies he didn't even know he had are trying to get him! I can't say too much else or there will be no suspence in the book. All I can say is you might want to wait to read this book until you have the third (called Aenir) because you'll need to know what happens to Tal quickly or it will drive you crazy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your hands won't let go of it!, July 27 2002
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This review is from: The Seventh Tower: Castle (Paperback)
With a thrilling conclusion to a thrilling book, Garth Nixï¿s Castle is extraordinary. Not even the slightest detail is left out for every step Tal and Milla take is included in this fiction fantasy. Danger lurks around every chapter, from the victory of the one-eyed Merwin, to the deadly Hall of Nightmares, to The Pit, and then to the not so welcoming way into Aenir.
Time runs out too quickly. Well, just as quickly as you whiz through the book. It feels like your hands wonï¿t let it go before you have read it to the very end. All I can hope for now is that Garth Nix writes more than only six ï¿The Seventh Towerï¿ books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow-up..., March 30 2003
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With the introductions over, Castle is much faster paced than it's predecesar, yet wastes little time on development of the main characters. This changes in later installments though, and the action is definitely welcome.
Tal and Milla have at last made it to the underlevels of Tal's home, Castle, as they continue their search for sunstones which hold the key to each of their individual difficulties.
While not as fascinating as some others in this series, it's definitely a good book, and needed to understand anything that comes next. Good for anyone over the age of ten or so.
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