Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel)
by Josiah Bancroft
Paperback: 370 pages
(Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5)
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Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel) (Volume 1)
The Books of Babel, Book I: Senlin Ascends
The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel of the Silk Age. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines.
While honeymooning in the Tower of Babel, Senlin loses his wife, Marya.
Thomas Senlin, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, is drawn to the Tower by scientific curiosity and the grandiose promises of a guidebook. The luxurious Baths of the Tower seem an ideal destination for a honeymoon, but soon after arriving, Senlin loses Marya in the crowd.
Before he can find Marya, Senlin must first discover himself.
Senlin’s search for Marya carries him through madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassination, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find his wife, he will have to do more than just survive. This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.
Great story. I was hooked after the first few pages due in large part to a certain empathy for the main character. As the story unfolds, you will appreciate the title of the book. It isn’t long before you realize that Bancroft crafts a very fine story.
I liked the scenes, the world-building, and the action in Senlin Ascends. The conclusion of book one ends with a bang. Canons, swordplay, and airships make the last chapter and exciting read. The melee made me think of my ill-spent youth reading L. Sprague de Camp.
All in all, Senlin Ascends is an excellent read that is very hard to put down. I give Senlin Ascends 4 airships out of 5 and I highly recommend it. I guess the best compliment that I can give to any book is that I look forward to book 2.
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