5 magical stars!
With ‘The Tower Must Fall,’ author S.E. Bennett has brilliantly blended re-tellings of several fairy tales with a semi-coming of age story centered around main character, Marek. The tale is told from alternating points of view of both Marek and leading lady Enyo, and follows their journey through several of the former-fairy-tale kingdoms, as they run from king’s guards, join other Cryptids - magic wielding non-mortals - such as themselves, and join bloody battles.
Though the plot and history is heavily influenced and interwoven with fairy tales, this tale contains heavy violence at times. This is not a simple retelling of charming princes against wicked witches.
This is a very well-written spin on traditional fairy tales and magic, incorporating adult themes of prejudice, and diversity. There is an entire race of people, Cryptids, who want a safe place to raise children, where magic use is acceptable instead of a crime punishable by death.
‘The Tower Must Fall’ is an enchanting must-read for all mature YA readers and sci-fi and fairy tale fans.
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