About The Tower Must Fall
The last fairy-tale ended a hundred years ago, and one thing is certain: the monsters lost. In the world beyond the Bay of Glass, humanity has an overwhelming majority, and the creatures that go bump in the night - the Cryptids - live in hiding. In some lands, discovery by the government spells death, while in others whole tribes are exterminated by knights in shining armor: the Animus.
Marek Tobar, a handsome, clumsy traveller, dreams of independence and uprising. It isn’t long before his beliefs drop him in extremely hot water, and he somehow finds himself at the tender mercy of Enyo Namenlos.
A reformed knight of the Animus with many faces and no allegiance but to herself, Enyo has spent years hiding from the life she left behind. Determined to somehow salvage the best parts of herself, she needs to repay a blood-debt: she pledges to deliver Marek to Sanctuary, the hidden city of Cryptids.
With war brewing in smoky cities and wicked woods, Enyo and Marek find themselves woven into a story that began centuries earlier. But when happy endings are myth and goodness is relative, what does it mean to find your heart’s desire?
Reviews for The Tower Must Fall
I thought this a very good retelling on the idea of what really happened behind fairy tales. Everyone knows the classic stories of Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. But here a story is told of all the things the fairy-tale glossed over, as well as the aftermath of those epic quests. Set 100 years after the last fairy-tale, we read about Marek and Enyo. Two very different people in a world that doesn't like fairy-tale creatures. The story tends to jump forward in time a bit between chapters. I felt like I missed some personal growth from the characters [...]
In The Tower Must Fall are presented to us the Cryptids, creatures that go bump in the night that live in hiding, and their predators - the Animus who try to eliminate Cryptids at any cost.
Marek Tobar, a handsome and clumsy traveller, dreams of independence and uprising.
When he meet Enyo, a reformed knight of the Animus with many faces and no allegiance but to herself, his life changes completely and his great journey begins.
I confess that when I started this book I had high expectations. It was very hard for me to get into this story. I do [...]
, three-dimensional, and have some fun dynamics with each other. I appreciated the amount of kick-ass females in the storyline too. A woman wielding an axe (who’s not a dwarf) as her weapon of choice? That was pretty special. Bennett also has a great sense of humor that comes out through her characters’ relationships, which was quite enjoyable.
“I have unimaginable power, and not much imagination.” - Marek
The main flaw I saw in the narrative was that important moments were glossed, and suddenly characters seemed to know something that wasn’t shared with them during the narrative.
Honestly, this book had me on:
‘’As Marek Tobar stared down the barrel of a very finely crafted pistol, he to began to seriously question his life choices. With the cool metal pressing against his teeth and tongue, all he could think was: this could have gone better’’
Which is pretty much the 2 first sentences of the book.
I don’t know if that is because Marek just reminded me so much of William Herondale (from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare) in this moment (take no wrong judgment cause I soon came to realize Marek was a person [...]