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The Constant Tower
by Carole McDonnell (Goodreads Author)
Sickly fifteen year old Prince Psal, the son of the nature-blessed warrior-king Nahas, should have been named Crown Prince of all Wheel Clan lands. A priest-physician like his friend Ephan, Psal lacks a warrior's heart, yet he desires to earn Nahas's respect and become a clan chief. If he cannot do this, he must escape his clan altogether. But his love for Cassia, the ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published May 20th 2013 by Wildside Press
(first published January 1st 2013)
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I think this may be an important book. This certainly a well-written book, full of detail and observation and metaphor. The Constant Tower is also a subtle book, and one that eludes my immediate comprehension.
I had some difficulties with the book on this my first read-through. I kept reading it like it was set on Mars when I suspect I should have read it like it was set in Fairyland. I understand the world Psal lives on to be tidally locked onto its sun. Okay. There are questions about how livab ...more
One of my favorite authors recommended this. Soowhoowow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's the weirdest real epic fantasy I have ever read. I had no idea what was coming, and it was really poetic. Like not boring poetic. Just really beautiful. I'd love to have this as an audio book. I'd like it narrated by Morgan Freeman or Ian McKellan please.
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“Psal had not thought of all that. He would think of it all night. The loveliest woman from the defeated Peacock longhouse would be his. Yet he did not want her. In the middle of the night, as the longhouse keened to Poh’s region and one landscape blended into another, Psal lay on his wheeled bed wondering if he should rape in order to show his ability to compromise. All night, the Lesser Light flickered and Psal often found himself holding his breath.”
“After a moment’s silence, Antun continued. “It is difficult, one’s first rape,” he said. “And for a studier.…Perhaps now…now that you’ve killed your friend…peace will rule between you and your father. Take the prize.” “Antun,” Psal answered, “peace may will rule but at the price of my conscience. Understand, I have no wish to bring about a revolution among the studiers. Nor do I care about gaining the respect of warriors. My aim is to become a chief and to gain my own longhouse.”More quotes…