The Tower and the Assassin by J F Parcher
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: Full Length (174 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Aloe
What started out as a simple trip to dusty, boring museum has become more than Tom Vogenson had bargained for. After a fateful encounter with a mysterious artifact, he finds himself kidnapped by a society of wizards and transported against his will to a world on the verge of reviving a centuries old war. While learning about his unique and mysterious abilities, he is also targeted for death by a mysterious kingdom of assassins who fear his powerful presence may upset their secret plans. Adding to the complexity, Tom finds himself forging a relationship with a young girl, who may or may not be the unwilling tool of the assassins herself. In order to save himself and his new friends he will have to master his newfound powers and figure out friend from foe, before its too late.
He’s getting really tired of walking around San Francisco with his cousin. After all, they had a car available. Why walk? Pretty soon, he’ll have more to concern him. An innocent guided tour of an old building is pretty boring until he looks in the mirror. He sees more than himself in that mirror. And he’s soon sent through another door that takes him away from his world…
This story moves fast and is exciting. The author does a very good job of weaving his words and drawing your attention. Young adults should really enjoy the storyline. I’ve just finished reading this book and am already to read the next one!
Tom doesn’t understand where he is, how he got there, or what he’s supposed to do now that he’s there. He quickly finds out this is a world where life doesn’t count for much. While waiting for the person to transport him to the Tower, he witnesses a fight where a young woman is killed. He even manages to get involved when he shouldn’t have. That’s a not a good start.
He has new skills to learn, new friends to make and new enemies all in the first day. He’s haunted by the girl he saved but she’s an assassin and he can’t even speak to her. She’s from the other side. She manages to let him know they have a chameleon in their midst. But every time he runs into her, there is a fight around them and bad things happen. He wants to be on the side of right, but how does he know which is right? Murdering people is obviously bad. She doesn’t seem to be like that, though. Is that because he doesn’t want to see her that way?
It starts out as training and escalates to war before the story ends. You’ll find yourself flipping pages and wondering where the author is going next. I’m anxious to read the next installment in this series. It grabs you and you want to know how it’s going to all work out or if it won’t.