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Torn (The Tethers Trilogy Book 3)

Torn (The Tethers Trilogy Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Croxall
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Desperate to destroy the stones before they can fulfil their dark promise, Karl and Esther race northwards. But they are not alone in their charge. Enemies both old and new jostle to reach the stones first, perhaps some already have.

Torn is the third book of The Tethers Trilogy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 678 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,214 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in High Wycombe, Jack Croxall now lives in rural Nottinghamshire with his chocolate Labrador, Archie. He has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Nottingham, and currently toils away as a science/literature writer in between working on his books. He tweets via @JackCroxall and blogs at

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Author's Most Compelling Novel to Date 17 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Jack Croxall's Torn is one anticipated novel - a novel that promises to tie up all the loose ends from the previous instalments in the trilogy, whilst reintroducing us to the lovable Karl and Esther. It's a book I devoured, flicking through the pages desperate to know where the author was going to take us.

The author's language and voice is evident from the start - a YA title that successfully and vividly brings to life the Victorian setting, albeit in the rural highlands of Scotland that we find ourselves in Torn. It's an easy read, one you can simply sit back and enjoy in just a few short hours.

The characters, as before, are brilliant - especially the lovable and relatable Karl with a K. His brave nature and logical personality makes him a winner; a protagonist to stand the test of time. It was great to see a loveable return for one character too, and the link between the two previous books are evidently there. A fan of the series so far will love all the little nuances scattered so mischievously.

I especially fell in love with Omorose - a female antagonist who is dark and twisted and mysterious. And it is important to note how much more mature this final episode seems. There will be death in abundance and readers should be aware that this added depth and evolution from the innocent beginnings in Shraye seem so far away. And yet, this is a fantastic thing. It isn't until I look back now that I realise just how far Karl and Esther have come, from their humble and sheltered life in rural Lincolnshire. They certainly have matured and changed, having being forced to adapt to all the situations they have found themselves in.

I guess the only thing that really bothered me was just how short the book was.
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By Lisa
Format:Kindle Edition
Torn, the final part of the Tethers trilogy, has left me with a dull ache inside. Never again will I hear more about the adventures of Karl and Esther, Croxall makes sure of that.

Having said as much, the final installment reads like a train as we pick up only moments after the ending of Unwoven. We meet the same characters, this time though, they start out on different paths, not unlike Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Somewhere in the middle, our main characters catch up with each other to spiral towards a cataclysmic end.

Who will live to tell the tale, is everyone who they say they are, can people return from the dead and will Karl and Esther sort out their differences?

Croxall's writing is so captivating, you don't care which storyline you're currently reading, you want to know it all. An accomplishment in itself, as I'm usually drawn to the main storyline, Karl and Esther in this case, but I could hardly tell the difference as the book is a real page-turner.

Far too soon we reach the end. Whether or not Croxall has chosen to head for disaster like a raging bull or give us a happy ending, you will have to find out for yourself. I for one am left feeling torn. Torn between the pleasure of having read such a magnificent trilogy and the empty feeling that Karl and Esther are no longer with me. They became a part of my life this last year, thank you for the ride. It has been a pleasure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous end to a fantastic series 23 July 2014
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Torn is a fantastic end to a wonderful series of novels – a series that I was sad to see the end of. Torn pulls all the threads (or tethers if you will) of the preceding books into one neat, satisfying package. The characters really come into their own in this final book – particularly Karl who I feel had been lurking in Esther’s shadow in the previous two books. In this third instalment, however, he commands a stronger presence – one of an intelligent, caring and resourceful young man who would do anything to help the people he loves.

Esther is, as ever, strong, determined and wilful – a wonderful character who, for me, ranks up there with other strong female characters such as Lyra from His Dark Materials, Katniss from The Hunger Games and Arya Stark from Game of Thrones.

The action is non-stop from start to finish and I couldn’t put the book down. Jack Croxall has an incredible talent for choosing words which convey strong imagery, without needing to resort to long-winded descriptive passages. As such, his style is clear and simple to read, yet vivid too. Another triumph from the mind of Mr Croxall. Now I guess I’ll just have to twiddle my thumbs until he publishes his next masterpiece.
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So sorry to see the end of Karl and Esther, but what an end! With a twist you'll never see coming the trilogy wraps up nicely. Croxall's writing has gone from strength to strength and his style flows more easily than ever in this novel, never overdone or jarring. My only complaint is that it's over too quickly and you're left desperate for more. Which is exactly as it should be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect ending! 4 July 2014
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Oh my Goodness this is amazing. Perfect ending to a fantastic series!

This review contains spoilers as I don't know how to hide them on Amazon

This picks up immediately after the second book in the series, Unwoven, and is immediately gripping. Karl, Esther and Vivian set off to Scotland in an attempt to find the final stone and the reader is swept away on an engrossing adventure. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the historical aspect of the series makes the travelling so much more interesting and is absolute genius as far as I'm concerned.

The plot of this book, in fact the whole series, is wonderful. It's exciting with twists and turns throughout. The writing is fantastic with beautifully crafted concepts and the characters are just incredible.

Esther is an amazing heroine, she is fearless and fierce all the way through the series and I am so pleased that she eventually calmed down and forgave Karl :)

Karl himself is just as fantastic, he's determined and will do anything necessary for the cause. I love him!

Mr Cauldwell was always my favourite character though, I don't know why but something about him just clicks with me. I was very happy to find he was well again and I thought that him not being with Karl and Esther was a nice difference from the first two books and worked really well. It showed how independent Karl and Esther had become and Alexander was as accommodating towards them as he always had been. I absolutely love how he was so willing to die before giving Karl and Esther away to Asquith. What a wonderful man.

Shona, oh Shona how I love you. Utterly selfless, she is wonderful.

Mr Dufor and Asquith are very well painted (or written) villains, willing to do anything in order to win.
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