The Drowned Tower

The Drowned Tower

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The Drowned Tower by Nicholas Rinth

Freedom is out of the question for practitioners of the Institute, and any supporters otherwise are dealt with violently. A system Sylvie Sirx neither refutes, nor endorses—born from an enviable family, talented in her skills, and entirely too content with her position, her path has always been a straight one… until now.

Her qualifications backfire when an elder from the north descends upon her home for a Choosing. He calls upon the Drowned Tower’s most sought after practitioners for a simple job that ends in blood, and then Sylvie’s blissful world erupts. She finds herself in the company of the Elementalist, Jacques Dace, an insufferable but deadly enthusiast of personal reform. Together, they’re swept into a spiral of powerful magic and ancient grudges. Where truth bends, stones whisper secrets of the past, and their home lies at the heart of what could very well be Ferus Terria’s next recorded war.

And for once, she is forced to choose a side, learning for herself what it means to master fate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998821603
Publisher: Stephanie Mae Pedron
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Series: Heartstone , #1
Pages: 386
Sales rank: 625,923
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.86(d)

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The Drowned Tower 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read! More for a YA type of crowd.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite Sylvie is an apprentice at The Drowned Tower, the centre for magical study in the east of Ferus Terria, and renowned for its Amorphs. Sylvie is the only Conjurer in residence and shares several floors of archives with the only Elementalist, Jack Dace. They’ve never been more than acquaintances until an Elder comes to the tower and Sylvie’s master tells her to prepare for a choosing. Sylvie has no desire to leave the tower and takes comfort in the thought that Jack, with all his connections and influence, will be chosen by the Elder to travel to the Diamond Alps. Nobody expects that Sylvie and Jack will have to work together on a task for the Elder, or that danger will come from within The Drowned Tower itself. Author Nicholas Rinth has created a world that’s both imaginative and rich with authentic detail. I love Jack and Sylvie. Both these characters have strong personalities and the chemistry between them is elevated to a new level of entertainment by its lack of an overt romantic tone. Another point worth mentioning is how refreshing it is to read a book where the main characters look like average people and aren’t constantly aware of appearances. The apprentices of The Drowned Tower are the most realistic group of teenage and child characters I’ve encountered in years. The Drowned Tower is an adventure veiled by intrigue. It’s impossible to guess at the antagonist’s motives, or even to identify whether they are mastermind or pawn until the climax. Tension is thick throughout and Rinth’s information control is excellent. The Drowned Tower is a YA fantasy masterpiece.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
This is a classic fantasy world and the start to a new series, Heartstone. In this story, you have a beautifully created world where those that have magic abilities can be selected to be sent to the Drowned Tower. Sylvie Sirx is part of this world working her magic and living day by day. Then an Elder comes by Ferus Terria and chooses Sylvie to go to the Drowned Tower. There Sylvie learns more about her abilities, how to strengthen them, and has to make some tough decisions about her future. This is a great start to a new fantasy series. I loved the world building and the descriptions of the different locations. I really liked Sylvie. For a little girl she is very mature and about to grow up a lot faster. There is some great action and a lot of foreshadowing. This is a great start to a new series and well executed. I think this is a great new world and there is room for a great adventure. I can’t wait to read what is going to happen in the next book in this series. I received The Drowned Tower from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got both the paperback and ebook. The paperback is gorgeous! It’s nicer than the ebook simply because of the cover. It doesn’t look it on the photo, but its pretty glossy. There’s a few extra lines on the back cover that you won’t be able to see on the ebook. It isn’t included in the description. It might be the books hook. Overall, the drowned tower is a great novel for fantasy lovers! The map and descriptions give the fictional world of Ferus Terria “realness”. The world building and attention to detail were splendid. You really feel Jack’s ill-temper and Sylvie’s placidness to everything outside of her world. They contrast, yet at their core, are very much alike. The plot was conducted nicely and though it has a slow build-up, the end was spectacular. And also leaves much to be desired because of that CLIFFHANGER. It isn’t an especially bad cliffhanger since it shows the direction in which the characters are going, but I’ve never been good with waiting. I had hoped for more touches of humor, but I can see from the setting of the drowned tower and the situation they’re in that the books dialogue called for solemnity. Regardless, I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL. If you’re thinking about picking up a new NA Fantasy novel, then look no further. I consumed this book in a night! This was a great start to the series, and I hope to read more once the second book is released.