The Seventh Tower #3
by Garth Nix
Published by Scholastic
Scott's Rating: 3.5 out of 4
First up, it is important to note that this is NOT a Star Wars book. It is a new series of fantasy books produced by Lucas Books, the publishing division of Lucasfilm. This is the third book in The Seventh Tower series.
Tal and Milla continue their adventure in Aenir - a magical world in another dimension which is the source of spiritshadow creatures and sunstones. The two seek the Codex which is a magical book that will answer any question asked of it. It can tell them who their mysterious enemy is and how to defeat them.
However, soon after arriving, they accidentally activate a magical spell that summons two Storm Shepherds - Adras and Odris. The Storm Shepherds must kill one of the two adventurers. In an effort to save them, Tal magically binds Adras and Odris to himself and Milla, thus making them their new spiritshadows. This infuriates Milla who abandons Tal.
Tal and Milla then face the dangers of Aenir on their own with the aid of the new spiritshadows. They both learn much about the history between their two worlds, as well as some new information about their enemies. Eventually they return to their own dark world and face Sushin with new allies, knowledge, and powerful magic. But are they too late?
This book was probably the most enjoyable of the lot. We now are pretty familiar with the two worlds and the rules that govern them. With that and a little history behind the situation, the story really gets rolling. Less time is required in buildup and more is spent on action and characterizations. Too bad it took three books to happen, but better late than never. It was worth sticking around for.
The relationship between Tal and Milla continues to develop, though on a rather rocky course. The interaction between the two is interesting, though Tal always ends up coming across as elitist and whiny. However, Milla's pig headedness is shining through more.
Aenir is rather interesting with a wild assortment of dangers and animals. However, it's still not entirely clear how the creatures from that world are bound as spiritshadows in the dark world. Maybe this will be explored more in future books.
I don't have terribly much to complain about here. If anything, I'd say that Milla's character seems inconsistent toward the end. She's in a murderous rage through almost the entire story, then at the very end of the heat of battle she giggles and jokes like a school girl. It just didn't seem to fit at all.
Tal's leg is burned with acid all the way to the bone. Not a sight for those with weak stomachs.