The Tower of Il Serroheby Rj Mirabal
A creepy voice in the
The Tower of Il Serrohe pulls us into the deteriorating life of Don Vargas thrown out of the house by his promiscuous wife. He lands in a dilapidated casita which, of course, is a portal to another world. Reluctantly, Don is seduced by an alternative existence in the Valle Abajo, a valley strangely like and unlike his own Rio Grande Valley.
A creepy voice in the dark of his casita drives Don to take on a quest to save the clanspeople of Valle Abajo from the wily Soreyes who have built the mysterious Tower dominating the landscape and magically empowering them to preempt every effort of the clans to break free of Soreye terror. Traveling to the Valle, Don at first finds the clans are like a sophisticated mix of widely divergent races and cultures that do not work well together but are forced to unite to defeat the Soreyes...except they can't.
A century earlier, Teresa, a curandera from the Rio Grande Valley attempted to defeat the Soreyes, but succeeded in only slowing them down. Now all Don wants to do is drink beer, spout profanities, and coat every thought and action with cynicism. Only the disarming beauty and quiet wisdom of a young curandera of the Pirallt clan can hope to move Don to take on this quest...that and the dogged determination of Nersite, a pint-sized story- teller and occasional warrior of the Nohmin clan.
Don bounces back and forth between the Rio Grande Valley and Valle Abajo. Each time his perception of the Valle and the clans evolves until he discovers the final shocking reality of the Valle.
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Mirabal’s writing is human as we follow our antagonist Don Vargas who is down on his luck to say the least. Even though its due to his faults you can’t help but pity the guy a bit as his world get flipped upside down. Mirabal takes you along with him drawing you into Don, and his journey throughout The Tower of Il Serrohe. Mirabal’s juggernaught of a plot twist will leave you slack-jawed just like Don was. When the revelation hits both you both at the same time. You both wonder why you didn’t see it before. The Tower of Il Serrohe is an Urban fantasy read. Think fantasy meets the Southwest.
In The Tower of Il Serrohe, RJ Mirabal takes us to spectacular and previously unimagined places in a captivating and craftily woven epic tale of destiny and survival. Don Vargas ventures into a mystical dimension that calls him to his roots while initially relying on his intellect and mortal reasoning to guide him through the many ensuing and often awkward situations. However, he develops extraordinary instincts while adapting to the realities, cultural mores and dangers of the strange new world and its hierarchies. In this new found synergy, he is empowered to create a sense of immediacy and coalesce the divergent factions for the greater good. RJ exhibits a keen understanding of human nature and deftly colors the characters and surroundings with intricate detail. He skillfully incorporates real life experiences, extremely profound phrasings and American Southwest colloquialisms throughout this fanciful and entertaining work. Don't miss the opportunity to journey along with Don to the glorious finale in this superbly wonderful debut by a gifted author and master wordsmith. It will inspire you to new, provocative and introspective views of many things we take for granted in our everyday lives.
some imagination! It was so cool reading about that part of the Rio Grande Valley, and in two parallels, no less. I was sorry that I ran out of pages to read. Could have just kept reading about Don and his adventures. I was able to picture so much of it in my mind, even the house north of Rio Luna. The map was a great idea and helped me with my vision as I read.
RJ Mirabal has taken his readers on a fascinating journey to the desserts of New Mexico and the alternate world that parallels it. The whimsical characters remind me of the Hobbit, only with a New Mexico twist. Mirabal's descriptions of New Mexico sunrises and sunsets are beautiful.
If you have experienced the sights and smells of the Southwest, you will be captured by the descriptions in this book. Then you'll be carried away to another place almost, but not quite the same. The mystery of the other world is carried through to the surprise end, and a satisfying conclusion that stays long after you put the book down. The places and the people are fully realized and totally involving, and become friends you want to continue to know. I can't think of any higher praise for a writer than that!