Author: Matt Xell
Published: 23 July 2010
First Line: "There are many seemingly unending roads in the world of Everlon, and it is said that if you do not know where you are going, what you are looking for or why you are looking for it, will wander these roads forever."
Summary: 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'. (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: I thought that Tower of Parlen Min sounded like a really exciting and awesome book full of puzzles and tasks that the main character Ves would have to go through throughout the book. While it did have that element to it, there was also a whole lot more to the story.
I really enjoyed Tower of Parlen Min. I’ll admit that at first I thought things were a bit boring and slow going but that was only because the characters and the background for the story had to get set up. Once the story got deeper into things however, I was very hooked.
Where to start? There are so many things going on. First up there’s the challenges set up by Jacobius Trent and the 12 million dollar prize awarded to the winner. I thought that the challenges were so intense. I would have failed straight away most likely. It was really fun reading about the challenges and they were so creative and so different.
Then there was the whole mystery of what was happening to Ves and the history of the house and its inhabitants. I am a sucker for mysteries of any kind so of course I was going to keep reading to find out about all of these things.
The fantasy element was there as well and I loved it. The magic was really magical and it was quite different to a lot of the magic you see in books these days. Not to mention the creatures. Some of them were rather different and it just made for a really interesting story.
I think one of the things that I didn’t like so much about the book was the characters. For most of the book a lot of the characters annoyed me. However, towards the end I started seeing the majority of them in a different light. Ves had his moments and he was a very interesting character.
One thing I have to say about Tower of Parlen Min above all is that it is highly imaginative and very unique. It was a lot of fun and something different to the books I’d normally read.
If you’re looking for something really fun and highly imaginative then I definitely suggest reading Tower of Parlen Min. There is so much to it that I can’t help but feel I’d like to reread it again. I also look forward to reading more of Ves’ adventures in future books.
To Matt Xell:
To Tower of Parlen Min:
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Book 3 Amazon
Liked my review? Think you’d like to read this book for yourself? Well with a huge thank you to Matt I have up to five copies of Tower of Parlen Min in ebook form to give to people. If you win I will send you instructions and a coupon code so you can download Tower of Parlen Min in a format of your choosing. Giveaway is definitely international and entries close 10th of August midnight, GMT +12. All you have to do is fill in the form below to be entered.