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The Fall (The Seventh Tower, Book 1) Paperback – 3 Mar 2008
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“[Garth Nix is] the coolest read in the playground.” Amanda Craig
About the Author
Garth Nix was born in 1963 and grew up in Canberra, Australia. After taking his degree in professional writing from the University of Canberra, he worked in a bookshop and then moved to Sydney. There he sank lower into the morass of the publishing industry, steadily devolving from sales rep through publicist until in 1991 he became a senior editor with a major multinational publisher. After a period travelling in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia in 1993, he left publishing to work as a marketing communications consultant . In 1999 he was lured back to the publishing world to become a part-time literary agent. He now lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.
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The characters lack some depth. Milla comes across as a blood thirsty teenager, but i'm sure there's more to her than that and this will be revealed in the subsequent books. I doubt someone who can write Sabriel and Lirael so well (as in the Abhorsen trilogy) would give us a one dimensional female character now.
I've seen reviews of the second book and it looks like things rev up quite a lot. Shame we have to wait for October to have it published in the UK. I'm keen to know the next part of the adventure.
I would recommend you buy this book, but perhaps wait until more of the series has come out.
Update: Set 08 - I decided not to wait for the UK publication of the remaining books, so I bought them all in America and had them shipped over. My verdict? Not in the same league as the Abhorsen trilogy but still very good indeed. I read the remaining 5 books of the series in a week. The plots and characters develop very well - Enjoy!
The story gets off to a cracking and imaginative start, and about halfway through I'd already decided I wanted to purchase the whole series - but hadn't ordered them. Just as well, because as I got to the last quarter or so (which is quite a lot of pages in a short novel like this) I thought the story began to lose pace rapidly, and much of what was written I found insignificant in comparison to the rest of the story I'd read... I'm not keen on relationships that constantly swing between love and hate - like that of a man and woman in a tale of romance, or as in this case; a boy and a girl who clearly do not like each other, yet help each other. I just don't take to this kind of scenario.
I've since decided to put my purchasing of the rest of the series on hold for now, and have a cool off period and see if I want to come back to them some time in the future. As a result, as I started I felt certain to give this read five stars but have now changed my mind - particularly as this does not contain a proper ending which means you are `compelled' to purchase the next one in order to redeem any meaning to it... I do prefer at least for a book to stand on its own and to decide for myself if I want to follow a serial or not...
I feel the books could be put into one because i feel he ended the first book to soon but carrys it on in the second so i cant complain!!
If you love Garth Nix then buy this book, you wont be dissapointed, i wasn't at all!!!
The problem is, this is not a six book worthy story. If you are really a fan of these characters and this story, it's certainly fine to read all six books. If time or money is at a premium, you can actually read book one, ("The Fall"), book two, ("Castle"), and book six, ("The Violet Keystone"), and follow everything perfectly well. Then you can move on to other great Nix books, like the Keys to the Kingdom series.
It seems that Nix's books are more successful when he writes for a slightly older audience. Case in point - the emotionally charged and chilling 'Shade's Children', and of course the incomparable Abhorsen trilogy.
Having said that, this is still Garth Nix and therefore more than worth the read, though perhaps more enjoyable for younger readers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
11yo son raced through these books in next to no time. Much easier than the Keys to the Kingdom series by the same author so not so interesting to parents reading alongside but... Read morePublished 3 months ago by married with children
Fantastic book!! I finished it within a few hours, I just couldn't put it down.Published 17 months ago by Alex Salgado
Garth Nix is very clever,in that his story telling is such that all ages will be begging to continue onto the next instalment. Read morePublished on 7 Sept. 2011 by Amazon Customer
I would highly recommend this series to all fantasy lovers, young and old. I don't agree with the previous reviewers that thought it wasn't as good as the Abhorson series, it's... Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2010 by PLR
I have to admit I am a Garth Nix fan. This is the only series of books of his I have not yet read, and with the exception of some of his earliest work, I have loved everything he... Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2010 by Sir Furboy
this was the first time I had read this authur and I was caught up in his world by 1st chapter. He keeps you hanging on as so much of his world has so many things you get yet. Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2010 by JSLaing
Although this book is very short it is a brilliant read, from the very begining it has you on the edge of your seat and wanting more as you finish the last page. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2009 by Ms. D. Thomas