The Gray Tower Trilogy Box Set: Books 1-3
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***Three full-length bestselling fantasy novels in one collection: The Tower's Alchemist (now being adapted to screenplay), Dark Rift, and Circadian Circle.***
Be a spy. Save the world.
If only it were that simple.
The Nazis have unleashed occult forces throughout Europe, and the Allies are forced to recruit wizards to help them fight in the streets of Europe and in the shadows.
Among them is the battle weary spy, Isabella George, a Gray Tower dropout trained in Alchemy. Longing for retirement and a life of peace, she accepts one final job–extract a deadly warlock from Nazi occupied France and prevent him from unleashing an alchemical weapon that will devour the continent.
But France is crawling with the Cruenti, vampiric warlocks who feed off other wizards. When things don’t go according to plan, one Cruenti sets his deadly eyes on her.
Plans within plans. Plots versus counter-plots. Heists gone wrong, Vatican wizards, and the greatest manipulation of history that has ever been seen, is just a taste of what Isabella George is in for, in this action-packed supernatural spy thriller.
What utter garbage
Easily the worst book I've ever read and considering I read, on average, around and about 70 books a year is quite the achievement. The characters have no depth, the plot veers backwards and forwards erratically. The pacing feels as though a small ADHD child with both fists full of candy were vomiting forth the prose. The author spends half a page on a very important moment, then immediately ends that scene and starts a ten page essay on two ladies eating (which added nothing to the plot besides "Nazis, and war, are bad mmkay?"). A mess, a complete mess.
Amazing trilogy! A must read!
Unfortunately I was not aware of before the 2013 Latino Comics Expo, which is where I was first introduced to the trilogy and its talented author.Such a shame because it is a wonderful read. This historical fantasy is set in World War II albeit not the one taught in history class. Isabella George, the books protagonist, works as a spy for a clandestine agency known as the SOE based in England. Not only is Isabella a talented spy but also a skilled alchemist who once attended The Gray Tower, an institution for training those with various magical skills. In the world Isabella inhabits, dealing with wizards, Nazi wizard vampires, spies, time travel, and of course alchemy is commonplace. The general public is not aware of the additional danger and atrocities that these magical and supernatural elements play in the war, but for Isabella a battle weary spy she is only too familiar and it has finally taken it's toll.
If it sounds like there is a lot going on thats because there is but it is not overwhelming or confusing the story is expertly woven. I felt it was true to the era when it described the day to day injustices of being a woman during World War II, you can tell the author took great care to when doing her research. When it touched upon issues of sexism and race I feel it was done from the perspective of someone from that time. The characters are engaging, and amazingly relatable. The main character Isabella is a woman who has decided to take action as the world is tearing itself apart, using her alchemy and intelligence to try and hold the darkness at bay. We are introduced to Isabella while she is in the middle of a mission. Upon her return she agrees to take on one final assignment extract the dangerous Dr. Heilwig from Paris and bring him back to England.
Right away you get the impression that she is not in any way a damsel in distress. She handles herself with confidence and even when she is fatigued she just pushes through it. I admire her incredibly strong character, she is quick thinking and a force to be reckoned with wether it be physical or magical combat, against enemies both male and female, magical and non magical alike. What's so lovely about this female character is that she does not have to sacrifice her femininity to be strong. She is feminine and strong, she longs for a normal life to meet someone and fall in love but that is also not her main objective. Yes there is romance and a bit of a love triangle, thankfully it does not distract from the story or become the books driving force. I feel the romance actually worked to make Isabella more relatable. Not everyone can relate to being an alchemist/spy during a World War, but almost everyone can relate to being in love. Isabella is by far my favorite character but the book has no shortage of well fleshed out endearing supporting characters like the dashing Brande a Gray Tower wizard, or Renee the frenchwoman doing her part against the Nazi's. The book is full of great characters and it is no small feat that Alesha was able to give most of them a satisfying if small back story.
The Towers Alchemist packs a punch there is quite a bit of action in the book as the main character of course is a spy on a dangerous mission fighting off the Nazi's and various villains with her alchemy. The action scenes are expertly paced is superbly done. Your adrenaline will definitely be pumping when Isabella first encounters a Cruenti (a warlock who feeds off the blood of other magic users to strengthen their power through blood magic). Hero's and villains alike are complex, allies can be just as frightening as enemies in The Towers Alchemist. Alesha Escobar grabs the reader by the hand and says run, and you will enjoy every second. It is a fun action packed, supernatural, spy caper, romance, and it is done beautiful and perfectly balanced. This trilogy is a must read!
Compelling Historical Mash-up
My favorite genres of book are historical fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction, so I was excited to read this series. I was not disappointed in this series. The main character is a student of Alchemy and a spy during WWII. I'm not sure why anyone would assert that the characters have no depth. I found she and her various friends and associates to be distinct, engaging and realistic. I love the way she has to contend with the real-life issues of a woman in a time of extreme sexism and inequality plus the added threat of real-life terrors like Nazis and fantastical threats of various kinds. The combination was not confusing to me,but added the fantastical elements I love as a fantasy fan.and combined them with espionage and historical detail. I especially enjoyed the deep female friendship the protagonist has with her best friend. She is a strongly feminist character who lifts other women up in the story. These books are well worth a read for fans of fantasy and espionage.
- Category: Historical
- Published: Apr 16, 2016
- Publisher: Creative Alchemy, Inc.
- Seller: Smashwords
- Print Length: 1235 Pages
- Language: English