The Books of Babel Book 1: Senlin Ascends By Josiah Bancroft

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Thomas Senlin and his new bride, Marya, set off on a honeymoon to the tower of Babel. Senlin had saved and planned for this journey his entire career as a headmaster, drawn to the tower through the promises of an infamous guidebook. Climbing the tower of Babel would be his greatest ambition. However, when Marya suddenly goes missing it triggers of a number of unlikely events where Senlin’s world turns into turmoil. His quest to find his wife begins by searching the many streets, tents and restaurants, where he meets several men who may be able to help him, only to find out these people are not as honest as they seem and he must make the journey alone. After several days of searching for Marya, he must start from the bottom of the tower and work his way up. He meets many friends and enemies along the way in a new world where the rules are different and he must survive a number of fatalities to survive.

I found the writing to be beautifully crafted with many remarkable, imaginative and breathtaking scenes. Bancroft combines a gripping story with strong characterizations while maintaining an adventurous plot with outlandishly secondary characters ‘and a mild-mannered hero who is forced to step up his game. I look forward to the second instalment.
My Ranking: 4.5 Stars

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