The Hod King (The Books of Babel, #3)
By: Josiah Bancroft
My Rating: FIVE out of FIVE stars!
Best for: 16 and up
Once could be an accident. Twice could be luck. Three times means it’s the real deal.
Book 1, Senlin Ascends, was an indie darling that spread by word-of-mouth like wildfire. It was eventually picked up by Orbit and found it’s way to the masses.
Book 2, the Arm of the Sphinx, continued and improved the story.
Book 3, The Hod King, sealed it. The Books of Babel are the real deal!
If you’re late to this party, there’s still time. It’s a planned four-book series, and book four has yet to be published. (Fingers crossed for a 2020 release!)
You’re going to love this series. It might be the most original thing I’ve read since Bilbo found that ring.
In this world, the Towel of Babel isn’t just Biblical…it the cultural, financial, and thought center of the world. To most, the Tower and its fabled wonders, riches, and treasures are a mystery; a wonder of the world that inspires imagination in children and passion in adults.
How tall is it really? No one knows.
Want to visit? Take your life savings and make the trip.
What to do when you get there? Don’t worry, the travel guide books will tell you everything you need to know.
Maybe go for your honeymoon? Dull and stiff, boring and proper, small town and naive school master Thomas Senlin decided to do exactly that.
Of course, this is the Tower of Babel we’re talking about.
Minutes off the train, Senlin and his newlywed bride are separated in a mass of humanity. Poor Senlin learns quickly the Tower is nothing like he imagined as he ascends in search of his lost beloved.
Surprise: the Tower of Babel, wonder of the world, isn’t the center of all things glorious…it’s the center of all things wrong with humanity.
How broken do you have to be before you can rise? Senlin’s about to find out.
Senlin Ascends is packed full of clever writing and outstanding characters. There are layers to this story…short story arcs embedded in longer, and those are embedded in something grand. This is mystery, fantasy, and steampunk. You think you have it figure out, only to discover you swallowed the bait in a long-con long ago. You know nothing.
Except that this series rocks and you want more.
Content appropriate for all ages, but it is complex. Not sure what dictionary Josiah Bancroft is using, but it’s not the same one I used when I was in school. Best for advanced readers 14 and up. Only three books published out of a planned four-book series. Fingers-crossed for a 2020 release for the final book. Fingers double-crossed that he doesn’t decide he needs a 5th to really finish the story right.