The Fall (Seventh Tower Series #1)

The Fall (Seventh Tower Series #1)

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by Garth Nix
     
 

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Tal has lived his whole life in darkness. He has never left his home, a mysterious castle of seven towers. He does not see the threat that will tear apart his family and his world.

But Tal cannot stay safe forever. When danger strikes, he must desperately climb the Red Tower to steal a Sunstone. He reaches the top...

...and then he falls into a strange and

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Tal has lived his whole life in darkness. He has never left his home, a mysterious castle of seven towers. He does not see the threat that will tear apart his family and his world.

But Tal cannot stay safe forever. When danger strikes, he must desperately climb the Red Tower to steal a Sunstone. He reaches the top...

...and then he falls into a strange and unknown world of warriors, iceships, and hidden magic. There Tal makes an enemy who will save his life—and holds the key to his future.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Fantasy stories are enjoying another wave of popularity among young readers. While fans await the next Harry Potter book, they may be interested in "The Seventh Tower" series. Tal, the young hero, faces the daunting task of saving his family from being condemned to the Underworld. The only way to do this is to steal a new sunstone (the source of all power in this alternative world) from the Red Tower. His quest is fraught with danger and encounters with strange characters. Tal's guide is his exact opposite, making the journey to the tower even more unpleasant and hideous beasts frequently appear along the way. This is a fast-moving story that can be somewhat confusing; the names of the characters and locations get tangled up in the fantasy jargon. Also, the story starts in the middle; after one chapter of mid-story action, readers are pulled back for ten chapters of action that led up to this mid-point, then fourteen more chapters of what happened after the mid-point. Most of the traditional fantasy elements are included in this story, which leads into the next book of the series. Nix may have tried to pack too much into this book for readers to digest. 2000, Scholastic, Ages 11 to 14, $4.99. Reviewer: Carol Lynch
From the Publisher

Scholastic will feel the force once again. The New York-based kids pubco has inked a deal to publish a new title for Lucasfilm imprint LucasBooks. The only book to come out of the deal-according to Scholastic PR, the two companies haven't discussed collaborating on additional titles-called The Seventh Tower (L)S$4.99), is scheduled to hit stores in June in paperback. Penned by Australian author Garth Nix, The Seventh Tower is a fantasy series targeted to readers in the eight to 12 range. Scholastic will release the second book in the series in September, to be followed by two quarterly releases. Starting in April, Scholastic will kick off its marketing campaign in support of the series, which includes a national print ad campaign, a Seventh Tower Web site, and a Seventh Tower kids hotline. Also in April, Scholastic will distribute one million Seventh Tower teaser booklets to kids in the U.S. through its network of school book clubs. The deal marks the second time in the last year Scholastic and Lucas have worked together. Last year, Scholastic published a range of titles based on Lucas's Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace. SA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007261192
Publisher:
HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Series:
Seventh Tower Series
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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I hope that the adventure that unfolds in The Seventh Tower will take readers on a new journey of the mind.

Meet the Author


Garth Nix is the New York Times best-selling author of the Seventh Tower series, as well as the acclaimed novels SABRIEL, LIRAEL, and ABHORSEN. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children.

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Fall (Seventh Tower Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Sassy_Frass More than 1 year ago
I have know idea how anyone could rate this book anything lower then 4 starts, and that's at the very least! I found this book amazing, and I couldn't wait to read the others when I was done. Thought I may be only on the #rd book, I think this is a wonderful series. ( By the way, why does everyone post themsleves as anonymous, I mean, how un-fun is that? Haha! XD )
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
One of the elements of writing in this genre that Nix is particularly gifted at is creating original fantasies and worlds. This series is no exception. However, in comparison to some of his other works, especially The Abhorsen Trilogy, the exploration of this world and the characters within is weak at best. The story is interesting because Nix presents the audience with a new mythology, but he rushes through the plot, circumnavigating what could be some really amazing explorations of the world he's created. As a result, it's more difficult to imagine this parallel universe and its characters and creatures, and it doesn't draw the reader in nearly as much as it could. This series breaks one large story into several books, and since each of these is easily around the high 100s and low 200s in page length, Nix could have spent more time giving description, metaphors, and poetic/aesthetic language to flush this world out. This would make everything significantly more engaging for the readers, and ultimately, foster growth and interest in the books, the fantasy, the world, and the characters therein. Ultimately, there's just nothing to bite into. -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading Nix's wonderful book Sabriel, I eagerly picked this one up. However, I was disappointing to find the tale flat and uninspired. He creates a unique world but never manages to give it a life of its own. The characters and images remain flat. Instead of developing his characters or the situations, he breezes through the events, hoping that the conventions of the genre will fill in the gaps. They do not. It reminds the reader of other, better books, like Pullman's 'The Golden Compass' but 'The Fall' never manages to measure up.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Get a keystone he said. Piece of cake he thought. Poor Tal didn't know what he was in more did he, as he climbed the Tower, hoping to find a keystone to help his family. But once he does his task, things take a change but for better or worse? If I were to choose my all time favorite series? This would be it. Read this in elementary school, while also reading the Bunnicula books. Yeah even then I slowly but not quite became a bookworm just then. What caught by eye when I first got these, were to be honest, the covers. The new ones are good don't get me wrong. But there's something about the originals, something nostalgic or creepy in a way (book 2 especially). Anyway, definitely recommend this fantasy series. Their short but quick fun reads that I wouldn't mind reading again. Oh and Milla being one of my favorite females who kick butt characters at the time. Still is, next to another favorite character of mine, Xena.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of Nix I thought I should give this series a read. It's not his best. There wasn't enough detail. The book just seemed to fly through everything instead of taking time to describe everything. I am, however, hopeful that once I get more into the series the story will start to pick up.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was amazing! it was really fun to read and was very suspenceful at the end of chapters
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy named Tal. He is in trouble because he needs a new sunstone to go to Aenir on the day of ascension, or he will be demoted to an underfolk. So,he tries to win it in a contest of strength but ends up in a music challenge instead, and he fails. Then he tries to see the empress but fails again. So, he decides to steal it from the red tower, the lowest ranked order of the chosen. But he gets knocked off by a huge spirit shadow and is only saved by his shadow guard. Then he slowly falls down to a barren wasteland of ice where he meets a blood-thirsty warrior. Together they must bring a sunstone to the Far Raiders or Tal will pay the ultimate price. My favorite part of this book was the selksi migration part. It was the most intense part of the book. Tal and Milla were running through a small gap in the selksi migration and death could come rushing by and kill them at any second. This book was good, but the part where Tal¿s event got changed was pretty bad. It never explained who did it and why they did it. It was like Garth Nix put it in there to fill up pages. He could have just written that Tal failed the event he signed up for instead of randomly changing it. Garth Nix used many literary devices very well. For example, simile, when Tal was climbing the red tower and he thought to himself being under the Veil was like being underwater. Also, foreshadowing, when ever Sharrakor was mentioned there were clues given that Tal may have to fight him eventually. The cuts on Tal¿s and Milla¿s arm were a great use of symbolism for the bond they shared.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Seventh Tower series about a boy named Tal who goes in seach of a keystone to help his sick mother by climbing one of the towers. He then encounters the hideous nightmare looking keeper of the stones and falls into the darkness entering in a world unlike his own and meeting the valkerie Milla and her world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tal has to get a large sunstone that his whole family(his mother and sister)can use to travel to Aenir. His mother is deathly sick, and will die if she can't get to Aenir. So, Tal has to travel on an awesome adventure in an atempt to get a sunstone. I absolutely loved this book. It's especially great for someone who wants a good adventure with lots of suspense, and that likes science fiction, as most of this book is.