Published November 2013
Book source: Received for free through The Masquerade Crew in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: Four Stars
The Towers is an interesting fantasy tale of a mountainous people and their battle against the Nightmare— a group of nasty creatures that comes around once every seventy years. The ways the people protect themselves against the Nightmare forms a belief system that is essentially a religion.
It’s an interesting story, and I like the questions it brings up about human nature, about the lengths one is willing to go in order to protect others against danger. It illustrates well how humans are fundamentally flawed and who, despite best intentions, can often make a bad situation worse. It’s also a story that keeps love at its core, and the power that unconditional love can bring.
On the downside I feel that the storytelling, on occasion, wasn’t as strong as it could be. There were a few areas where I felt the backstory was delivered in a rather heavy-handed manner (the 20-page prologue falls into this category) and a couple interlude-esque chapters that I felt could have been omitted without any detriment to the story overall. I do, however, like Jordan Jeffers’ writing style, which was a pleasure to read even when the story, at times, seemed to lag a little.
On the whole, The Towers is a good story that brings up some interesting questions about humanity that gets you thinking, and that’s always a good thing.