“The Thirteenth Tower” was published in 2014 and was written by Sara C. Snider (http://saracsnider.com). Ms. Snider has published two novels this being there first of her “Tree and Tower” series.
I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are some instances of Violence. This Young Adult Fantasy novel is set in another world where magic exists. The primary character is 17 year old Emelyn.
Evelyn is an orphan who was left at the door of a well to do home. She was raised by the housekeeper and given a basic education, but little affection. Emelyn saw herself as never being more than the house maid that she was.
A strange event happens in her town, and she escapes with two Magisters who say they know of her parents. She goes with the Magisters hoping to find out about her parents, but little information is forthcoming. She also learns that they believe that she has ability with “the Art” and try to teach her. She struggles with their lessons, but is able, when stressed, to somehow use magic to save herself.
Emelyn has more than one magical experience along their journey and she begins to wonder why the magisters have brought her along. As she meets others skilled in magic, her doubts about the magister grows.
This is s story of struggle and growth for the young Emelyn. I spent 6 hours with the novel and found it interesting, but not overly engaging. I felt that this was more about the struggle Evelyn had within herself than about the fantasy land she was in. I felt that this was just the prelude to the real story of the series. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.
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