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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley- US (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425262227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425262221
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 726,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I appreciate Jean Johnson and I have read many books from her different series. This author has an undeniable talent when it comes to create her worlds and once again, she shows us something completely unique. And it s always fascinating to see what the author has for us.' -- Between Dreams and Reality

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By LEP VINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2014
Format: Paperback
This is the first in a new series taking place in the same world and aligned to events happening in The Sons of Destiny series. Characters from the Sons of Destiny appear in the story and if you haven't read that series, I would suggest you stop reading this now and read that series first as it will help you understand.
As we know from the Sons of Destiny, in this magic world there are Fountains of Magic dotted all over the world and each one is looked after by a Guardian, usually a strong Mage or Seer. This story takes place at the same time as Storm: the Sons of Destiny, in which Ryden, the brother who is the Guardian of the Nightfall Island Fountain, is fighting off an attempt by a rogue mage to take over the Nightfall Fountain along with others. One of those others the rogue mage is attempting to take over is the Tower.
When it was built to encompass the magic Fountain, in order to protect the Fountain the Tower was built as a maze leading into various rooms all of which have various tricks, traps and magic illusions, which have to be accomplished before a person can move on, like Dungeons and Dragons. The Tower is now run like a tourist attraction for gamers, or Adventurers as they are called here, with treasure to win, and pulls in a lot of money for the surrounding area; with Adventurers actually having to physically run the gauntlet of the Tower. Feeling itself under attack, by someone who isn't the Guardian, the Tower locks itself down and the tricks, traps etc., become lethal. Several groups of Adventurers are locked inside the Tower at the time of shut down and are unable to get out or move until the Guardian can get to the Fountain.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Mar. 2014
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Lovely book. Reminded me of my exploits at live role play down the caves. Brilliant characters, well written and funny as well.
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The Guardian of the Tower 26 Jun. 2013
By Aurian - Published on
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I don't know how to describe this book, other than that it reads like one big computer game. Guardian Kerric is locked out of his Tower when someone tries to take over the Fountain, and he has to reconnect with it. He can't do it alone, as the whole Tower is riddled with traps that are used as entertainment for adventurers, which are broadcasted all over the world through the scrying mirrors. But now that the Tower has locked itself down in defense, those traps are turned lethal. He also does not want to take a whole team with him, out of fear that they will tell about the Towers secrets. But he does not one warrior, preferable a female who does not find him unattractive, as one of the levels will be the Seraglio and they will have to make love to get out again. Kerric is a small man and a great mage, but he is not really a fighter, although he does know how to use a sword. He needs a partner for this endeavour, who is not only a fighter but smart and who can safe them both if necessary. There are some traps that will just knock him unconscious as he is a mage. And so he makes a list of the 5 most likely females that can and will help him out. But fate makes him run into the Painted Warrior Myal the Mendhite, and she agrees to help him. He dares not wait until the next morning after they have rested, for fear that other mages will try to take over the Tower from him, they will have to go immediately.

And Kerric is right, once they are in the Tower, and progressing nicely along the traps and levels, they find out they are followed by 5 others, mages and warriors, determined to loot the tower and take it over from him if possible. But being the Master, Kerric is not powerless to stop them, and he will do whatever is necessary.

During their adventure, Kerric and Myal get to know each other, and respect each others skills. They both save the others life a few times, and know they can rely on each other. And with every riddle that Myal solves, Kerric will award her a kiss. After all, they need to get familiar with this for the Seraglio soon. Myal does not really care about bedsport, being a very tall woman and tattooed all over, most men don't really like her. But Kerric seems to really like her body, and his kisses sure are nice.

I really enjoyed reading about their adventure in the Tower, all the levels and dangers they had to pass. Think of a video game, or when Harry Potter and his friends had to play chess and catch a flying key, that sort of things.
Myal has no magic of her own, but her tattoos are magical, and she can turn them on to become very strong, or tall, or be able to walk on the walls to get past a fire pit. It was really fun, and their relationship developed nicely through it all. I have never read a romance between a tall woman and a short man, but they made it work. Including the neck pains and using footbenches.
Myal is a bit shy at first, and she has admired the Master of the Tower before, from a distance, as he never dates any of the adventurers that come to pit their skills against the Tower. But she really likes the man Kerric, capable and caring and fun to be with. Myal sure is though and a good fighter, but she is also really smart, and has lots of ideas for future runs. I liked her, and how she is respected amongst the town people and her fellow adventurers.

They still have to find out what exactly was trying to take over the fountain, and I am looking forward to reading the next book. I just love this world that Jean Johnson has build, filled with magic based on science, and different races of humans. And now I really want to re-read her Sons of Destiny series!

8 stars.

© 2013 Reviews by Aurian

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Start of a new series building on the old 11 May 2013
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This is a very good start to a new series has a few dragging points to feel of story so did not give it a five but would highly recommend the story & future stories on this line. Can stand alone as a series but would recommend having read other books on Nightfall kingdom. May be more needed with next books Guardians of Destiny
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I was disappointed by this book. I love other books by this author. But this one left me wanting. I couldn't even finish it just to boring. I will try again later maybe it will grow on me at some point
Better the Second time 21 Jun. 2014
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4.5 stars
I have read this book twice and freely admit to enjoing it far more the second time around. This was likely due to the fact that my first read was interupted mutiple times over and thus had me loosing interest and my place in the book. The second time I read the book I still laughed at the names of some of the traps that Kerric and Myal had to face. Particularly "One Foot, Two Foot, Red Foot, Blue Foot" and the "Flaming Flying Poodles of Doom". But, the second time I also liked reading how the Aian Mage and the Mehndite warrior traversed the gauntlet of challenges set before them and built up a respect and a relationship through all they face.
This book is very much like one of those online computer challenge games which mix riddles and activites that the charater must complete in order to move on. Though I am personally horrid at these games I have always enjoied watching those who have the mix of hand eye cordination and wits to move along and win. So this book was perfect in that way for me. I got to imagine the challenges as I read and even imagine the finale sequence.
If you like adventure stories with romance thrown in I would recommend giving this book a try.
great book 2 April 2014
By barb - Published on
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It great addition to the son of Destiny. I enjoy reading it and look forward to reading the grove next.
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