Title: Tower of Parlen Min
Author: Matt Xell
Publisher: Matt Xell
Release Date: July 23, 2010
Ves Asirin wins a trip to the Tower of Parlen Min. There, with 19 other children, he competes in the Sword Challenge; a series of puzzles and tasks, for $12 million. As fantastic and glorious as the tower seems to be, Ves finds that it keeps a dark and secret history that he has been connected to for over 150 years, a secret that will define his destiny … if he can escape ‘The shadow’.
The Tower of Parlen Min was an interesting and creative YA read filled with puzzles, fantasy, and mythology. The idea behind this story and it’s accompanying blurb were what drew me into wishing to read the book (I requested to review and was provided an ARC by the author).
It’s a bit out of my normal personal reads but I did enjoy the story greatly. While there were some ‘telling’ issues and it flowed a bit uniquely at times I was able to really get into the story, finding the main character grating but in a good way. Too often the lead character is the goodie-goodie nice guy and this is not; but in a good way. 😉
There was a lot of information and description, to the point it seemed a little too much info and could be well served by a bit of fine tuning but it was not so distracting as to truly harm the story. The lead character, Ves, has a strange life to begin with – memory loss that resets every 10-15 hrs unless he records them in his journal. I’ve read (and written) stories that had memory loss but this was unique in my reading travels.
This novel starts slow, builds with some unique style and premise work, and in the end was a story that actually made me care about the outcome for this strange kid the adventure surrounds.
Interesting premise, unique voice . . . add in murder, money, and swords and you have a fun, strange world and adventure. Oddly but well written, I recommend the Tower of Parlen Min and eagerly await the next in the series.
*Note: this novel is very long but worth the time!
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