April 12, 2010

Above the Veil

Above the Veil (The Seventh Tower, Book 4)Title : Above the Veil
Author : Garth Nix
Reading Dates : 12 Apr - 14 Apr 2010

Seventh Tower Series. Above the Veil is the 4th book in Garth Nix's The Seventh Tower series. The books in the series includes :
  • The Fall
  • Castle
  • Aenir

  • Above the Veil
  • Into Battle
  • The Violet Keystone

Book Summary of Above the Veil.
Tal and Milla manage to elude their pursuers with the help of the Freefolk and Tal's great-uncle Ebbitt. Putting the information they each have together, they soon realize their world is in grave danger. For some unknown reason, Shadowmaster Sushin is conspiring to remove the Veil which protects their world from the Aenirans. Unfortunately, neither the Freefolk, Chosen or Icecarls seem able to work together. Milla chooses to return to her people with the news of the impending danger while Tal attempts to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of the guardians of the Keystones.

Despite breaking their people's injunctions against Shadow magic, the Crones which govern the Icecarls spare her life and appoint her as their War-Chief . Milla is then given the task to lead the invasion force to the Castle. As for Tal, while he manages to recover the Red Keystone and its trapped guardian, he does not have the means to free Lokar. Not only that, Tal finds that their Castle has been invaded by a host of free-willed Shadows while most of the Chosen are away in Aenir. Desperate, Tal decides to seek out the Empress in hopes of ridding himself of his unwanted responsibility.

Book Review of Above the Veil.
Although Tal and Milla discover that the reason for the mysterious disappearances of Chosen over the years is related to the plot to remove the Veil which protects their world from Shadows, their mistrust and different beliefs do not permit them to work together. Thus despite their desperate situation, each chooses to goes their own way with Milla returning to the Icecarls while Tal attempts to locate the missing Keystone guardians. Instead of death, Milla is named the Icecarls War-Chief to lead the invasion force to the Castle. And meanwhile, Tal must escape from the army of free-willed Shadows guarding the Red Keystone. These and many more such events make for a rather exciting read. Whether it is Milla and Tal's escape from the pursuing Chosen, Milla's desperate flight back to the Ruin Ship or Tal's attempt to hide from an army of Shadows.

What will Tal and Milla do should their paths cross again ? Will these once allies be able to work together to oust the invading Aenirans or will they kill each other ? Why would Shadowmaster Sushin work against the Chosen ? In the end, how will Tal and Milla resolve this situation ? It will be interesting to see the choices Tal and Milla will make. These two who were once enemies turned trusted companions, only for betrayal to make them uneasy allies forced to work together for their survival.

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