Daily Review: The Tower of the Wizard King by Michelle Miles
November 24, 2017
There’s time travel, fantasy, medieval, romance, suspense, mystery, and adventure. And it all worked together beautifully.
In the Age of Wizards, Time is a commodity more valuable than gold. When Aoife (EE-fa) stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic, it calls to her with an ancient magic. Inside she finds a stairway leading into darkness and cannot resist stepping onto that first stair. It leads her to dark truths her mother never wanted her to uncover and love so powerful she walks through time to save it.
Her magic is dormant.
When Aoife Burke rushes home after the unexpected death of her father, she discovers her mother has vanished amidst inexplicable circumstances. She returns to her childhood home to search for clues of her mother’s whereabouts but another shock awaits her. Sean O’Connell, the object of her girlhood crush, has purchased the family home.
She senses Sean is hiding something from her, refuses to let her inside and does everything he can to keep her out. A determined Aoife breaks inside and stumbles upon an antique trunk in the attic. When she opens it, instead of the normal musty clothes and ancient letters, she finds a stairway leading into darkness.
It calls to her and she cannot resist stepping into the trunk and onto that first stair where it leads her to magical truths her mother never wanted her to discover.
His magic is dangerous.
Sean O’Connell has been assigned by the Inter-dimensional Portal Protection Agency to keep Aoife and her mother out of Faery. But when she breaks into the house and disappears through the portal in the trunk—like her mother—he has no choice but to follow her, even though stepping into Faery will force him to face his past.
Keeping her safe and out of the hands of the Wizard King also becomes a fight to save Aoife’s life from her own mother, who has discovered a time portal in Faery leading her back in time to alter her past mistakes, putting Aoife’s life in peril. Sean is willing to do anything to make sure she’s safe. Even if it means he has to tap into his dangerous magic to do it.
By Lidia Chymkowska
The book has a very strong and intriguing plotline as well as unforgettable characters. I liked the parallel narration of the present and the past as it made the story both more complicated and more involving; some scenes and situations, which at first could be baffling for the reader/listener got cleared up when the two timelines “met”.
I also liked the fact that the author doesn’t flinch when it comes to describing the darker sides of a human nature – like plotting murder, being violent… The story is more realistic here than a lot of fantasy books I’ve read.
The characters of the Wizard King and Fiona were the ones I probably liked best, as they were quite dark, confusing most of the time and… misleading:), their motivation seemingly obvious but…. No, I’m not going to put any spoilers in here:)
I like the main character of Aoife, too – and she rang true to life, not knowing what was going on most of the time, having to come to terms with her true heritage in a span of a moment… a difficult thing to do for anyone…
By KB, the storiologist
The storytelling in this book amazed me. I couldn’t believe the mashup of elements– there’s time travel, fantasy, medieval, romance, suspense, mystery, and adventure. And it all worked together beautifully.
Usually I don’t like duel points of view, and particularly when it involves different timelines, and so I went in skeptical. But I was amazed to find myself just as intrigued with Fiona’s timeline as I was with her daughter, Aoife’s. (Pronounced EE-fa. I loved that the author included s pronunciation guide in the front of the book).
The story kept me on my toes. I delighted in the unpredictable elements. Bravo Ms Miles! And I found the characters interesting, especially Niall. It’s hard to tell much of the story without spoilers.
I found the magic believable and fun. I enjoyed it and it kept me reading.
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