After reading the first book (Wild-Born) and thoroughly enjoying it, I was impressed with this second book. The Tower isn’t as fast paced as Wild-born, but it has a heck of a lot of mystery and injustice to keep you hooked. I’m on the third book now and the injustice just keeps on growing! If you haven’t read the first book I would strongly recommend that you go and pick it up now, however, you don’t necessarily have to read the first book in order to understand the second book. The author covers the basics of the first book in the first few pages of the second book, so as much as you might not understand all the details, you will be able to pick some things up as you go along. Seriously though, do go and read Wild-born first, it’s epic.
So onto the review…
For those of you who don’t know, Wild-born and The Tower are part of Adrian Howell’s PSIONIC Pentalogy. The characters in these books all have psionic powers ranging from; telepathy, healing, telekinesis, mind control, mind reading, flame throwing, dream weaving, invisibility, etc, etc. There are many, and they have different names. It is uncommon for children to develop psionic powers as it usually happens during your early adulthood and adult years. Also, some people can develop powers even if no one else in their family have powers, these people are called Wild-Born’s.
Meet the two main characters; Adrian Howell, a young teenage, telekinetic, wild-born and Alia Gifford, an orphan child, telepath and healer, who prefers to communicate via telepathy rather than vocally. They live with and under the protection of a middle aged woman named Cindy Gifford, who can not only detect the presence of psionic’s but she can also hide herself and others from them. In Wild-Born, Adrian’s parents are killed, his biological sister kidnapped, and he narrowly escapes capture himself before he meets Cindy and Alia, by the end of the first book Adrian is pretty much part of their strange family, and they join a group of psionic’s known as the Guardians.
Wild-Born and The Tower are written from Adrian’s POV, and you follow Adrian as he and his new family live at the heart of an area called New Haven. A bunch of high-rises owned by the Guardian faction to house and protect the psionic’s from their enemies, including; the second psionic group The Angels, a religious group known as the God-Slayers, and a military group known as The Wolves. Adrian hopes that the Guardians will help him rescue his biological sister from the Angels, if she is even alive. In the meantime he is paired up with a combat instructor, Terry Henderson. Although Terry is only a year older than Adrian, she is a formidable fighter and she is determined to get Adrian into shape. Terry quickly becomes one of Adrian’s only friends, helping him to control his power-balance (something which Adrian is horrible at), and also helps Alia learn to speak with her mouth.
This second book has a lot of character development, particularly with Alia who begins talking vocally for the first time. Adrian too, spends a lot of time ‘growing’ as a character. There isn’t much in the way of traditional action, however there are a few mysteries to solve. For example, the Guardian’s manage to capture an Angel spy, who then escapes under strange circumstances. Adrian feels like there is something wrong with himself, or something that he has forgotten, and is consistently woken up by nightmares that he is unable to recall. Terry also behaves strangely at times.
The author absolutely nails the teenager’s view point with his writing style, it is so well done that you would think the author is a teenager himself. Wild-Born and The Tower are unique in this way, in my opinion, there are not that many book that show this view point so well. Adrian’s inner conflict with being a psionic and wishing to be a young teenager and have friends, whilst trying to make incredibly difficult decisions, shines through in every page. He acts as maturely as he can but is prone to childish and irrational behavior, which then leads to a great deal of thinking time and inner searching. It’s tough trying to be a kid in a dangerous and adult world where even the adults are struggling.
Again I noticed no errors, the story line was well thought out, and even though it is slower paced than Wild-Born, The Tower is still paced well enough. This second book really sets up the scene and adds impact for the third book ‘Lesser Gods’. So enjoy learning about and becoming emotionally attached to the characters in this second book, the third book comes with a punch. If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I highly recommend that you do. This isn’t a happy-ending, fairy tale though, there are some pretty gruesome events so you have been warned.
Well done to the author, this is the first series that I have read with the intention of completing, in a long time. I’m totally hooked, and I have a couple of theories as to the direction of this series, so I can’t wait to see if I am right or not. Great read, even if it is a tad on the darker side and pulling at my heartstrings, wouldn’t have it any other way though.
Wild-Born Review Click Here.
From The Current Reviews:
The Good: ‘The plot was well thought-out, leaving little kernels throughout in a way that really made the reader think about the details‘, ‘This book is part of a series and best enjoyed when read in order, but enough background information was provided to be read as a standalone‘, ‘I really enjoyed watching Adrian try to separate his psionic powers from his physical powers.‘, ‘Had trouble putting this one down, spent more time reading then I should have‘, ‘Good continuation of series. Ending chase chapter quick and intense. Cindy collects more family members. The reason for Adrian girl clothes us revealed.‘, ‘As good as the first. Cannot wait to read the next one.‘, ‘Adrian Howell is a great author’, ‘Enjoyed this book as much as the first, worth the read cant wait to start lesser gods. I would recommend’, ‘The characters from the first book undergo considerable character development, not just due to plot but also to their interaction with each other’, ‘Again the pace is fast moving with plenty of attention to detail. Well edited and a pleasure to read.’, ‘Really enjoyed this book. I’m more of a fantasy reader so this was a bit more xmen than I was used to. But thoroughly enjoyed it.’, ‘the author’s writing style remains solid – he is able to operate through the eyes of a newly-minted teenager, in a way that is at once convincing and yet effectively descriptive‘, ‘the strong cast and interesting setting give me high hopes for the next book‘.
The Bad: ‘The downfall of “The Tower” is that it suffers from a bit too much introspection and not enough plot movement.’
The Darn Right Ugly: (None so far -C.L.)
The Unicorns: ‘This amazing book is rated as FIVE stars and it earned every one of them‘, ‘I wish I could rate it ten stars.‘, ‘Love this freaking series‘, ‘Amazing book thanks Adrian 10/10 the first two books I finished in a day’, ‘Great read,i have read them all now and would love to watch the series on the big screen!’.
Release date: 16th December 2013
Age Range: 13+
Contains: Descriptions of violence towards adults and children, bodily mutilation, and references to physical and sexual abuse.
Genre(s): Fantasy/ Science Fiction/ Paranormal/ Young Adult
About The Book:
After a very shaky beginning as a wild-born telekinetic, Adrian is elated to discover that his new home is at the center of the world’s largest psionic city. It should have been a dream come true, but something here is just not right. It’s not just that his sister is still missing, or that he is being forced into a rigorous combat training program that is slowly turning him into a killer. Something rotten is hiding… inside him. Adrian must discover the truth behind his recurring, shadowy nightmares, and face the possibility that the greatest evil threatening everything he holds dear might, in fact, be himself.
(The Tower is the second book of Adrian Howell’s PSIONIC Pentalogy)
Amazon Kindle Rating: (4.7 Stars)
Goodreads Rating: (4.29 Stars)
About the Author:
Born of a Japanese mother and American father, Adrian was raised for a time in California and currently lives a quiet life in Japan where he teaches English to small groups of children and adults. Aside from reading and writing fiction, his hobbies include recumbent cycling, skiing, medium-distance trekking, sketching and oversleeping.
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