“I’m suspicious of people who are certain”
When starting Senlin Ascends, I had no idea what to expect, and had not checked out what the story was about at all. I read it purely off of hearing consistently great things about it, and the fact that it was on my Audible library. I don’t usually do this, as I have a great list to read, and want to cherry pick the best suited to me. But I’m glad a gave that formula an exception.
Senlin Ascends was great. A mixture of fun and serious content, that handled the tone brilliantly. Despite the contrasting parts of the atmosphere, Josiah Bancroft was very good at subtly going from one to another in a “real” manner, which surprisingly didn’t jar, as it has with many other authors.
“We shouldn't have to go around congratulating each other for behaving with basic human dignity.”
Thomas Senlin is a headmaster who has been fascinated with the Tower of Babel, and is finally going to see it in the flesh with his newly married wife. He is morally upstanding, conforms to social standards, and is what most would label as quite a dull person. This is why I found Bancroft’s character so brilliant. He turned Senlin’s essentially ordinary and largely bland personality into a driving force of the story, as the sole PoV, that made it so much better.
The plot was constantly evolving and always pulled me along to listen to each and every word, subtly dropping clever hints that I noticed but could not successfully resolve, and many that I imagine I missed out on as well. It would be interesting to read this again at some point in the future to appreciate everything that Bancroft incorporated to form such a vibrant and full story.
The Tower of Babel is one of the most unique settings I have read about, with places ranging from slums to the leisure places of the upper-class and ruling parties. I look forward to more of this world being explored further on in the series.
“It is easier to accept who you’ve become than to recollect who you were.”
Senlin Ascends is a book that I would recommend to practically all fantasy readers, despite it perhaps not adhering to their usual type of read.
Senlin Ascends is a delightful fantasy adventure that is well-written, full of interesting characters, and uses its unique setting to full effect. I recommend it to basically everyone who reads the fantasy genre. This novel was fun and fast paced!
To celebrate the paperback release of Arm of the Sphinx on March 13, 2018 (US) and March 15, 2018 (UK), we are giving away four different paperback sets (Senlin Ascends & Arm of the Sphinx) to four lucky winners! Two winners will be chosen from the comments on this post (simply make a comment and you're in), and the other two will be chosen on our facebook post, where a like counts for 1 entry, a comment for 5 entries, and a share for 10 entries.
The winners will be chosen and announced on Friday 16, 2018. Good luck!
The Lucky Winners are:
Richard McDonald (comment)
Eric Davis (comment)
Alex John (Facebook like)
Md Fharman (Facebook like)
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