Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah Bancroft

image.jpeg“I am the riddle in the mouth of the Sphinx. I am the slaver that chews the living chain. I am the farmer of dead seeds, the filler of holes. Who am I?”

Let me just start by saying there’s a lot of HYPE around how good this book is and I must say I fell victim to the HYPE and loved every second of it.

This book was whacky, fun, amazing and absolutely wonderful. I am actually so glad I found this treasure of a book, it isn’t a favorite but it definitely blew my mind.

The writing was smooth and flawless, Josiah Bancroft has a very unique writing style, I can’t even compare his writing to another author because to be honest I’ve actually never read anything like this before. I envy his writing skills, he is so talented it’s ridiculous and guess what? This is a debut novel. So I’m expecting fantastic things from this author in the future. I’m going to keep this review spoiler free, so if I’m vague on details I’m sorry I just don’t want to spoil this book for you. It’s a must read for all avid readers.

“Their deaths (in stories)were boastful and lyrical and always, always more romantic than real. Death was not an end. It was an ellipsis. There was no romance in the scene before him. There were no ellipses here. The bodies lay upon the ground like broken exclamation points.” 

The plot is really weird/different and it also had some badass moments and a fair bit of gore (yay). So it pretty much ticked all the boxes. If you don’t like this book your mudding crazy.
I did have a tiny little minuscule problem, it did get boring and lose some of the weird acid trip vibes around the middle, however that ending truly made up for everything it was lacking. This book is a masterpiece.

So basically it is about the Tower of Babel. Tom Senlin & his wife Marya go on their honeymoon to the tower, both coming from a simple small village are shocked when they see how huge the tower is. They arrive in the Markets which is crowded and extremely busy, Marya wants to buy sexy lingerie. Tom is the biggest prude on earth and can’t think of anything worse then looking at woman look at bras, the thought alone makes him blush, lol. So he tells Marya to meet him at a sock stand. Marya never returns and Tom is sent on a wild goose chase through the tower, but to Tom’s dismay his  Everman Guide to the tower didn’t explain how strange the tower actually is. Nothing goes Tom’s way and he finds himself to in the most bizarre situations.

“the tower is a tar pit. Once you put a toe in her, you’re caught forever. No one leaves. No one goes home.”

The tower is basically made up of different ringdoms. Every level is different and every level offers it known strange theme. The basement which was my favorite level had Beer-me-go-rounds where you would receive free beer by powering it up. So it’s official guys, I’m moving to this basement, for free beer.. Anyway the tower is literally a maze we only got to see the “lower ringdoms” so I’m excited to continue with this series and get my mind blown some more. Senlin Ascends definitely doesn’t lack creativity. A very unpredictable story with lovable characters.

My favorite character was Marya, I fell in love with her very early on in the story. Her eccentricity attracted me straight away.‘”And you, sir, did you find my playing unusual?” “You meant it to be unusual. You are proud of your strangeness,” he said’. I also fell inlove with her relationship with Tom. Holy shit I love them, they are literally the cutest couple ever. It was a very realistic, a real heart tugger.

Now her husband Tom Senlin is also another amazing character, his character development through this book was awesome. Tom continuously changed throughout the story, by the end he was no longer a prudish headmaster. He actually became a prudish, clever, determined animal. There was one moment in this, he literally gave me goosebumps nerd turned badass gangster: “What does the key open?” ____ asked in his distracted, almost dreamy way. Senlin cleared his muddy throat. He teetered on his feet and said without inflection, “You.” He pulled the small trigger inside the key’s bow.’ He is my precious and I’m currently in the process of adopting him.

I did have another favorite character but I can’t talk about him because he was the bad guy. But I will tell you a secret *starts whispering* his badass.

I strongly recommend this book to all fantasy lovers. People who don’t read fantasy but are looking for something different, this is definitely the book for you. Please everyone read this piece of art, you won’t regret it.

– Every Man’s Tower, One Man’s Travails by T. Senlin 

Review by Luna.
7.5/10

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