Well, this is it. The ending to the Books of Babel series. I’m both sorry to see them go, and excited to see how it ends.
Thanks to the author, as well as Orbit for the review copy!
As Marat’s siege engine bores through the Tower, erupting inside ringdoms and leaving chaos in its wake, Senlin can do nothing but observe the mayhem from inside the belly of the beast. Caught in a charade, Senlin desperately tries to sabotage the rampaging Hod King, even as Marat’s objective grows increasingly clear. The leader of the zealots is bound for the Sphinx’s lair and the unimaginable power it contains.
In the city under glass at the Tower’s summit, Adam discovers a utopia where everyone inexplicably knows the details of his past. As Adam unravels the mystery of his fame, he soon discovers the crowning ringdom conceals a much darker secret.
Aboard the State of Art, Edith and her crew adjust to the reality that Voleta has awoken from death changed. She seems to share more in common with the Red Hand now than her former self. While Edith wars for the soul of the young woman, a greater crisis looms: They will have to face Marat on unequal footing and with Senlin caught in the crossfire.
And when the Bridge of Babel is finally opened, and the Brick Layer’s true ambition revealed, neither they nor the Tower will ever be the same again.
Dun Dun DUNNNN. It’s the end of the story!
This is the continuing story of the Tower of Babel and its various inhabitants, but mostly one Thomas Senlin, whose adventure in the tower has been the main plot of this entire series.
This particular volume does what I wished that The Hod King does, and it follows one of my favorite characters, Adamos Boreas. A good section of the beginning of this one follows Adam after he parted ways with Edith, and I loved every second of it. It took us to a part of the tower we hadn’t ever seen before and it was unlike any other ringdom.
But the real enthralling story continues (for me) to be the story of Tom himself. Once again, I couldn’t put this one down. It is a fairly chonki book, but nonetheless, I was reading until the wee hours of the morning because I just couldn’t stop reading. The prose is so evocative, and the story so immersive that I just fell right into the book, and before I knew it, it was 3am. It has been a long while since I experienced a book that I couldn’t put aside to do things like eat and sleep. Josiah Bancroft has done it again!
I love this book just like I loved the three before it. The world this series builds is so unique and fun to read about. I can’t wait to see what Josiah Bancroft comes up with next! 5/5 stars!~