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The first book in the stunning and strange debut fantasy series that's receiving major praise from some of fantasy's biggest authors, such as Mark Lawrence and Django Wexler.
The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines.
Soon after arriving for his honeymoon at the Tower, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, Thomas Senlin, gets separated from his wife, Marya, in the overwhelming swarm of tourists, residents, and miscreants.
Senlin is determined to find Marya, but to do so he'll have to navigate madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassins, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find his wife, he will have to do more than just endure.
This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.
The Books of Babel Senlin Ascends Arm of the Sphinx
©2017 Josiah Bancroft (P)2018 Hachette Audio
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By cj0679 on 01-22-18

Interesting but slow

Everyone seems to love this book. I forced myself to listen to the whole thing, and while the pace did get somewhat better toward the end I was never fully engaged. I kept waiting for something revelatory to happen and then the book ended. I doubt I will listen to the next one.

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By joan on 02-14-18

magical brutal and well narrated

I found the tower and its inhabitants a metaphor for life. the second half is more exciting than the first, and all of it challenged my expectations and world view. I can't wait to read the second book. the narrator did an amazing job - can't believe I haven't run across him yet - and I hope to hear from him again!

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