Above the Veil (Seventh Tower Series #4)

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The Underfolk are restless. For a long time, they have kept quiet, occupying the lower levels of the Castle. But now they are going to be heard... Tal and Milla are no longer alone in their quest for the truth about their world. They have been joined by Crow, a rebel Underfolk, and his band of conspirators. They know many secrets about the Castle--and are on the verge of uncovering ...

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Overview

Bestselling author Garth Nix's amazing Seventh Tower series is back--now with a great new look!

The Underfolk are restless. For a long time, they have kept quiet, occupying the lower levels of the Castle. But now they are going to be heard... Tal and Milla are no longer alone in their quest for the truth about their world. They have been joined by Crow, a rebel Underfolk, and his band of conspirators. They know many secrets about the Castle--and are on the verge of uncovering the greatest secret of all. The darkness is growing deeper. The shadows are growing stronger. And Tal and Milla are in greater danger than ever before.

"Tal and Milla are no longer alone in their quest for the truth about their world. They have been joined by Crow, a rebel Underfolk, and his band of conspirators. They know many secrets about the Castle -- and are on the verge of uncovering the greatest secret of all."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The "Tower" series is a reissue of an interesting experiment between Lucasfilms and the Australian fantasy/futurist writer Garth Nix. Unlike the results of many "packaged" book projects, Nix is a good enough craftsman to retain his voice throughout the sprawling adventures of the two fourteen-year-olds questing on behalf of their separate worlds. Book four of this seven-part epic opens with Tal and Milla trying to escape the Castle through its lower Underfolk levels. This undertaking puts them in the hands of Crow, leader of the rebel Freefolk, and someone else Tal must attempt to trust. As Milla escapes to her Icecarl destiny, Tal and Crow take on the Red Tower and its keystone, which just might hold the answers to freeing Tal's family. The derring-do becomes a little convoluted as the two boys scale the Red Tower's outer walls, poke above the Veil, and contend with monsters and curious alarm systems. Meanwhile, back at the Ruin Ship, Milla and Odris are put on trial for treason. At this point in the tale, readers' favorite characters are likely to be the Storm Shepherds-turned-Spiritshadows Adras and Odris. They are the only ones with a sense of humor! Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
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Gr 5-7-Nix picks his adventure up in midstride, sending renegade aristocrat Tal from the lowest depths of the immense, sunless Castle in which he has spent most of his young life to one of its highest peaks, and dispatching Tal's warrior companion, Milla, back to her ice-dwelling people with a warning that the Veil protecting the world from the deadly shadowrealm Aenir is weakening. As the author has created a very complex world in previous volumes, and the plot has gone too far to recapitulate easily, readers new to the series will flounder; still, the pace seldom lets up. Tal's affable but dim-witted "Spiritshadow" Adras makes a comic foil worthy of a Disney movie, and-sure sign of a Nix tale-the various uglies, from Waspwyrms and Dretch to archfiend Shadowmaster Sushin, are thoroughly bone-chilling. After plenty of narrow squeaks, exciting chase scenes, and stunning revelations (but no resolutions), fans will be eager for episode five: and voil ! It's already out.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439176859
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Series: The Seventh Tower , #4
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2006

    Above the Veil book 4

    After coming back from Aenir Tal and Milla with some allies meet the mysterious Crow and his crew as they set out below the castle to which Tal and others live to find more background on a certain someone Tal had suspicions about and to see his mother again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Good

    Brings back memories looking at the old covers, while comparing with the originals.

    ...Oh right the book.

    Having gotten their newly appointed shadows, Tal and Milla meet new company in Crow and his group considered the Underfolk, who live below the castle.

    As Tal, Milla and co try to find anything info they can on a certain someone, Tal hopes to his family again.

    Keeps getting more and more interesting as the story plays out. Crow, for some reason, remember he annoyed me. At first anyway.

    Still a good addition to the series.

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  • Posted May 28, 2009

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    Great series

    I, being a 13 year old boy, love action, and drama. This book satisfied that craveing as I scoured the pages. The book is highly recomendable for younger readers, but i suggest starting at the first book, not the fourth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2005

    THIS IS TIGHT

    THIS IS TIGHT I READ IT I WONDRER IF A NUMBER 8 IS COMIN OUT I REALLY HOPE SO IT'S SO AWESOME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2004

    Well Done, Mr. Nix

    Although I don't actually like this book very much, there was something about it that kept me so into it that it took me less than an hour to read. The characters are well thought up and developed. The story was easy to understand even though I haven't read any of Garth Nix's other books. It's good young adult fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2002

    Good but too short

    They were good but too short. If I had all 6 books at one time, I would probably finish them in a day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2001

    Best Book in Years!

    If you enjoyed the Harry Potter books you'll definitley enjoy this one! Tal and Milla travel into underground chambers and meet Crow, one of Tal's new friends, and perhaps, enemy! I hope you enjoy this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2001

    Great!!

    A totaly awsome book! keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes you feel like your in the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2001

    This book rocks! I read 200 pages the first night and the rest the next day!

    This book is one of the best books ever. I always look forward to seeing Tal dig his way into trouble and Milla getting mad (I am suprised that she hasnt followed through on her thret to kill him.) All the books are but this book put a suprising edge on. Id been waiting months for a slight whisper of the book and none came so I went to the bookstore looking for two other books (protector of the small page/squire) and I turned around and jumped for joy. I read 200 pages the first night and the rest the next morning. I recomend this book to anybody who has an imagination! Read on!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2001

    I can never put it down

    I love this book! And the other 3. they make me not want to put it down. Garth Nix is brilliant. All his books are really well written. i cant wait untill #5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2001

    THIS IS THE BEST

    I do not now how he dose it but he make his books better and better. this is the best book in the serease(The Seventh Tower).I love it I just can not wait till the nex one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2001

    Awesome!

    One of the best series ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001

    it rocks

    been waiting for it forever. love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2001

    7th Tower 4 is super!

    Best book yet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2001

    It is sooooooooooo cool

    I loved this book I waited forever for it to come out though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2001

    Best book ever

    This is relly cool

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2001

    Packed with suspence, keeps you on the edge of your seat.

    Tal and Milla are out on another adventure, to continue their risky search for answers concerning the mysterious disaperance of Tal's Father. Exellent, a real page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    This book is the shiznit

    This book is awesome. Like all the ones that came before it it keeps you in suspense till the end that. The end is usually the climax. Whats cool about this series is the end of one book is told in the next.

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