- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (Jan. 16 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316517917
- ISBN-13: 978-0316517911
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.7 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 367 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Senlin Ascends Paperback – Jan 16 2018
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"It's rare to find a modern book that feels like a timeless classic. I'm wildly in love with this book."―Pierce Brown, author of Red Rising and Iron Gold
"Senlin Ascends is one of the best reads I've had in ages . . . I was dragged in and didn't escape until I'd finished two or three days later."―Mark Lawrence, author of Prince of Thorns
"Senlin is a man worth rooting for, and his strengthening resolve and character is as marvelous and sprawling as the tower he climbs."―The Washington Post
"What is remarkable about this novel, quite apart from its rich, allusive prose, is Bancroft's portrayal of Senlin, a good man in a desperate situation, and the way he changes in response to his experiences in his ascent."―The Guardian
"Senlin Ascends crosses the everyday strangeness and lyrical prose of Borges and Gogol with all the action and adventure of high fantasy. I loved it, and grabbed the next one as soon as I turned the last page."―Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names
"With deceptive simplicity Bancroft brings this gothic place and its denizens to a colourful life...I loved it!"―Adrian Selby, author of Snakewood
"Senlin Ascends is an adventure rife with character, voice and beauty-a well-polished knife drawn out slowly."―Sam Sykes, author of The City Stained Red
"Senlin Ascends is a unique masterpiece. A brilliant debut. Highly recommended!"―Michael R. Fletcher, author of Beyond Redemption
"Ticks along with the tight precision and artistry of a well-wound watch."―Kirkus
"This is fantasy storytelling of a high order."―The Toronto Star
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If there are any people out there who think indie publishing is nothing but amateurs who can't hack it, this book will change your mind. The writing is beautiful, the world is imaginative and you will be desperate to find out how it all ends.
The Tower of Babel is an immense structure with each layer holding its own kingdom and its own self-contained world. To journey through the tower is to be put in contact with the best and worst of humanity and to struggle with what it means to be human. The mysteries stacked on top of each other in this book will keep you turning the pages until you get to the end and cry because there's a part two.
It's already on my kindle.
You must. Get. This book.
It. Was. Fantastic.
Adventure. Fantasy. Steampunk.
How did I. Not. Hear of this. Before.
I already have. Book 2.
OK, OK. I'm done with the foolishness. Seriously though, this was good fun. You have this guy Senlin who's on his honeymoon, which they have decided will be at the Tower. This thing is monstrous. In the description, it said the bottom ring of the tower had outside walls a quarter mile thick just to be able to hold the rest up. It's so tall that the top is in the clouds so no one really knows how many floors it has. Every floor is different and we only got to see three of the floors in this installment.
Anyhow, the point was that Senlin immediately loses his bride because there are literally thousands upon thousands of people roaming about. This is about his search for her and what happens to him along the way.
I. Highly. Recommend it.
The prose and worldbuilding more than made up for the occasional flat spots in Senlin's adventure. This book more than deserves the current hype in the community. If you like steampunk or just a well-written book in general, this is a must try.
Now to read Book 2!
One of the best feelings you have reading a book or watching a movie is when YOU feel clever for coming up with stuff before the creator makes his or her reveal. It is smart enough to make you proud, but still exciting and surprising enough to not feel obvious. This is key. I always felt a little ahead of the curve, but it is the nature of curves to offer surprises just around the bend.
Every ten pages or so a line here or there impressed me greatly - usually moments of nothing spectacular, but handled with an effortless ease that no doubt took a lot of effort. Few moments of whimsical language missed. Were that I was a stronger mind and could readily recall the many quotable moments now in retrospect.
My only critique is very minor and I'm gonna skip it because of spoilers.
Suffice to say, this was a lovely change of pace from my typical hard-edged fantasy banquet, and I will be excited to get into Arm of the Sphinx shortly.
Bancroft does a fantastic job of world-building each time we enter a new level of the tower. Every section of the book felt fresh as he illustrates the heartwarming and depressing details of the beloved tower.
This underdog story has a game-like feel to it, and I found myself rooting for Senlin the entire way. As the ending left many questions unanswered, Bancroft has a lot of explaining to do in the sequel: Arm of the Sphinx.
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