The Silent Tower
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A wizard and a computer programmer from opposite sides of an interdimensional portal must work together to save their worlds from destruction
In a world where wizards are relegated to ghettos, it is no surprise to see one murdered in the street. But for Stonne Caris, a young warrior monk who sees the killing and gives chase to the culprit, there is nothing ordinary about seeing a murderer disappear into a black, inky portal. The Archmage sends him in search of Antryg Windrose—a half-mad mage who understands the nature of these passages between dimensions. On the other side of the Void is Joanna, a programmer as mild as Caris is deadly. She has spent her life in cubicles, staring into computer terminals, as far from heroism as she can get. But when the power that is crossing between dimensions draws her through the Void, she finds herself battling to save a world she never even knew existed. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Barbara Hambly, including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
“Barbara is a fabulously talented writer who can write well in any genre.” —Charlaine Harris
Barbara Hambly (b. 1951) is a New York Times bestselling author of fantasy and science fiction, as well as historical novels set in the nineteenth century. After receiving a master’s degree in medieval history, she published The Time of the Dark, the first novel in the Darwath saga, in 1982, establishing herself as an author of serious speculative fiction. Since then she has created several series, including the Windrose Chronicles, Sun Wolf and Starhawk series, and Sun-Cross series, in addition to writing for the Star Wars and Star Trek universes. Besides fantasy, Hambly has won acclaim for the James Asher vampire series, which won the Locus Award for best horror novel in 1989, and the Benjamin January mystery series, featuring a brilliant African-American surgeon in antebellum New Orleans. She lives in Los Angeles.
The novel was as entertaining and fun as I recalled from when I read it years ago, but the conversion to the e-book is rife with errors and formatting problems (missing spaces, etc). It definitely detracted from the enjoyment and gives me little hope for the other titles.
Good read but...
Having only read the ebook, I was really distracted by what must be errors that occurred in the transition process from paper to ebook. Sudden switches in time and place, typos (me instead of the in several places) all served to take my English-major mind off the story. I found myself highlighting and commenting on the mistakes, which is sad because I liked the story. The magical universe was a little hard to get used to at first, but eventually I was drawn in. Luckily I'm older and remember what floppy disks are and how you could run a server with a 20 MB hard drive. I liked the interaction between the three characters, and it had one of my favorite elements - an endearing bad guy in the prince. Overall, I liked it and will go on to the next book.