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The Violet Keystone (The Seventh Tower #6)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  4,526 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
Bestselling author Garth Nix's amazing Seventh Tower series is back--now with a great new look!

Tal and Milla are only one step away from death. Evil is only one step away from triumph. An old war is made new again. The ultimate power is up for grabs.
As shadows rage, ancient spells return, illusion reigns and corruption threatens. The search for hope is the bravest quest.
Paperback, 233 pages
Published May 2008 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published November 1st 2001)
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Spencer Borup
Aug 24, 2015 Spencer Borup rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-again
If you've read my reviews of the first five books of The Seventh Tower series, you'll know I love it and everything Garth Nix. So I'll skip all the geek-out moments and go right to my problems with THE VIOLET KEYSTONE and the series as a whole.

Nix tried to paint a masterpiece without enough canvas. There ya go. He has created a BRILLIANT world with no room to explore. If I were to accept that, yes, this was written for small children, as a kind of "epic fantasy" scaled down for elementary grades

levou treze anos, mas terminei A Sétima Torre.

vídeo em breve no :3
Apr 04, 2012 Nikki rated it liked it
The final book of the Seventh Tower series. Ultimately, I didn't think this series was as good as Garth Nix's other work, but I thought it was a lot of fun to read, and I think it would make a good introduction to Nix's work, particularly for kids. It has interesting characters, who have faults and good sides, and several strong female characters who are active in the story and fully as capable as the male characters -- often more so. Plenty to interest kids regardless of gender: pacy and fun, ...more
Sep 22, 2010 Parcoast rated it really liked it
Ok, so this is the last book in the series. If you decide to read these books, and I hope you do, I recommend getting the combined volumes, rather than reading them one little book at a time. The continuity would have been nice.

So the pros: The best thing about this book is that it is so Garth Nixish. The only way to describe it is realistically abstract. The characters are real. The society speaks to challenges in our own society. The setting is blissfully fictional. I really really really hop
Oct 02, 2013 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Looking back at this series from some distance (it's months since I read this volume and years since I started the series) it feels very much like an author learning his trade; the contrast in writing quality between first and last volumes is large. Perhaps the best aspect of the series is the imagination on display, which certainly intimates what Nix would prove capable of in later works, particularly the Old Kingdom and Keys to the Kingdom series.

Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
The Violet Keystone was a stunning conclusion to the Seventh Tower series. I absolutely ADORED it!
So many new revelations, exciting turns, and just overall amazing-ness.

Full review to come soon.

I'm 15, and I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Jonathan Young
Sep 27, 2016 Jonathan Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
I am in a state of disbelief right now there is nothing I can say that will make the ending any less painful. But it was majestic, the whole book had a sense of adventure and urgency that never seems to fail in these books. Both Milla and Tal are making their ways to the Violet Tower as Sushin and Sharrakor are ready to dismantle the Veil once and for all.

Now as always I'm gonna start at the end and how awesome it was. The return to Aenir was a perfect way to end it though the disconnection of
Mar 19, 2016 Charlene rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
The Violet Keystone is the sixth and final book in The Seventh Tower series--a series Scholastic says is written at a 4th grade reading level. It was a good conclusion to a well written series, but I have reservations about the series that might concern other Christian parents as well. (see below)

I must admit when the first book in the series arrived, I was fairly certain it would be the last Seventh Tower book I would purchase. The cover on my copy is designed to catch the attention of the audi
Christi Lupher
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Charles Streams
Dec 24, 2008 Charles Streams rated it it was amazing
The sixth book in the Seven Tower Series really did it for me. It was a perfect combination of the characters development, battles, and answers. I was so happy to have Ebbit be in this book so much. He's one of the most refreshing and original characters I've read in a long time. Milla and Tal finally meet together again and we find out the Sharrakor was really just possessing Sushin. I loved how the final battle included a bunch of characters and that Tal was finally able to become Emperor. It ...more
Apr 11, 2009 Lindsey rated it it was ok
One of the elements of writing in this genre that Nix is particularly gifted at is creating original fantasies and worlds. This series is no exception. However, in comparison to some of his other works, especially The Abhorsen Trilogy, the exploration of this world and the characters within is weak at best. The story is interesting because Nix presents the audience with a new mythology, but he rushes through the plot, circumnavigating what could be some really amazing explorations of the world ...more
Feb 14, 2011 Saga rated it liked it
Maybe I dropped out of the demographic of this series sometime 20 years ago and shouldn't review this from the point of view of an adult, but what the heck. Many children's/YA books are slim and lightweight enough to fit into my pocket without making it look like as if I were lining my jacket with roof tiles. Novels for grown-ups with similar dimensions commonly fall into the plague-pit of cheap Harlequin romance or other soppy, yawn-inducing, plotless pulp (feel free to correct me), which is ...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Nervous it being the finale, wondering how everything comes together. Bet Tal is feeling deja vu what with climbing the tower again. This time he has Milla however.

Except its a little different. It has to do with not only finding a certain keystone but finds out someone he was told was dead or presumed dead isn't.

As to where they are, well let's just say its get a little awkward?
Thus it leads to a big battle as Tal and his new friends fight to both his and Milla's world, along with his dying
Alex Murphy
Sep 18, 2014 Alex Murphy rated it really liked it
Shelves: nix-tamora, inventory
Tal and Milla know what they have to do, but it seems impossible. They have to stop the shadows from taking over their world, but to do so they have to go to Aenir. The spirit world where they have the most power. Tal knows his heritage, Milla is still trying to accept her destiny. They have a lot to overcome and even more to overpower. Can they free their world from the shadows, and restore balance to the Castle.

This is a fun series, I love Garth Nix and I can see where some of his other ideas
Raymond Hu
Jan 29, 2013 Raymond Hu rated it really liked it
Re-reading back to this book has brought back some memories. I enjoy the relationship between Tal and Milla now they are together fighting in the 7th tower to finally unlock the mystery to sunstone and the different colors which represent the power its possess. It amazes to see the co-operation between the Icecarl and Tal as their races hated and resented each other for years because of the supposed superiority the sun people though they had. The ending was sad as Milla and Tal split because i ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Dana rated it liked it
Tal and Milla both grow in strength and power in their new roles and gain more control over their halves of the Violet Keystone. Milla battles the shadows and Uncle Ebbitt helps her, Malen and some others to get to the Seventh Tower in his own unique way. Tal and Crow also reach the Seventh Tower through more mundane and disgusting pathways. Together, Tal and Milla and the Stormshadows fight the final battle against Sharrakor, the evil shadow who had inhabited Sushin and tried to take down the ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Kharms rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this series of Science Fiction books by Garth Nix, which are aimed at a juvenile/young adult audience. The author does a good job of creating new, unfamiliar but believable societies, including the privileged Castle dwellers known as the Chosen and the seemingly more primitive and clan-oriented Icecarls who live out in the frozen wilds of the Dark World. Throw in the magical world of Aenir from which Shadowguards and Spiritshadows are bound (enslaved?) to Chosen at age 13 1/2, ...more
May 09, 2012 Angélica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy/Sci-fi fans
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Jul 07, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
This was a very satisfying book to round out the series once I let myself get into the story once again. I was very impressed that Nix took us back to Aenir, a place I’ve wanted to explore more and more with every book. I also felt for the first time the expanse of Aenir as a place, and the mystery of the magic in that country. And I was also frustrated just a bit because the ending seemed so quick – all of a sudden things stopped and there was a quick explanation as to what happened next. I ...more
Jul 21, 2009 Congoking rated it really liked it
I figure I would review the whole series on the last book. First of all, this could've been one book. At best two. I wasn't expecting to see how small each one was. But once again I am amazed by Garth Nix's style and imagination. He created some real characters that were once again whining and annoying. But he capture the essence of what young teenagers are when their world is turned upside down. The two heroes really get it together in the end when it really counts. A great end to a good ...more
Ricky Kelsall
Jan 12, 2015 Ricky Kelsall rated it really liked it
Wow what an amazing series. I'm so gutted that It ends here. The final instalment ties up all of the loose ends and brings together the full cast of characters for one final battle. Everything about this series is just superb. From the brilliant characters, unique magic system, effective writing and what I think is a masterclass in world building. All of this just gives me even more reasons to love God Nix! 4 stars from me. :D
Oct 20, 2011 Kristel rated it really liked it
Overall an enjoyable series of books, though I can't help but wish they were written for an older audience, and perhaps condensed into one larger book (which maybe would have cut out a few of the excess moments of mortal terror - it feels like nearly every chapter has it's own climax/cliff-hanger moment, which then gets resolved just in time for the next, which works well for reading aloud, but kind of kills the tension of the actual grand finale climax).
Brian R
Dec 22, 2010 Brian R rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was amazing and action packed and full of suspence you never now what is going to happen next and Tal, Milla, Adras, Odris all are ging to fight Sharraker and back to Aenir i liked this book because tals uncle was so wild and you could not possible know what he is going to say and what he deos do you could end up not comeing back, and you literally could not put the book down so you have to read these books.
Feb 28, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
To sum up all the Seventh Tower series (of which The Violet Keystone is the last), I will say that they are interesting and worth reading. The setting is fascinating, although the characters are not very deep, and at the beginning not even likable. But the series never reaches the stunning brilliance of Garth Nix's Abhorsen series, and in that sense I was disappointed.
Jul 28, 2008 Charles rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pre-teens & teens, girls or boys, who love adventure stories
FINALLY finished reading with my 9-year-old, took 4 months (after reading the first 5 in the series in a few weeks). He loved them, and I had "pre-read" them (okay I just like kids' books) so I knew he would. A little predictable in some parts, but a great inspiring wanna-be-a-hero story for kids.
Nov 12, 2012 Krissy rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because it is the conclusion for the battle and it was so interesting and sad because Crow through cockroach poison on the monster for the freedom of his people but they both died which was so sad and then after the fight Milla came the guide for the ice warriors and then Tal became the emperor.
Mar 15, 2011 Yenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I didn't think I would like the series but I did. It was amazing and kept my thinking for a long time even after I put down the book to sleep. It was so good that I dreamed about it and put myself in the feet of the protagonist's. :D

I apologize if this review isn't all that good, I read the books a while ago and have only just realised I hadn't rated and added this book to my Goodreads Shelf.
Alan Mathews
Jul 16, 2011 Alan Mathews rated it it was ok
I'm really sad that this is considered a great story. Sure it's okay and the setting is new and imaginative. But his writing style is still dull beyond belief. Garth Nix ranks about as high as Neil Gaiman (great ideas, terrible writing, which is why his best work is in his comics). Perhaps Mr. Nix would be better suited to writing stories for comic books.
Jan 07, 2008 Jen rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this series. I wished that the ending told a little more about how all of the groups worked together (I'm trying not to give away the ending). It might take another book to do that though.
Derrick Bjorklund
Aug 28, 2012 Derrick Bjorklund rated it really liked it
the series ends in a final battle and with the final characters separating for their last time. honestly the idea of splitting up the main characters at the end left a sour taste in my mouth but after looking back on the book i could understand why the author wrote it this way... i think.
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Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing 'Hail the Conquering Hero Comes' or possibly 'Roll Out the Barrel'. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.

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Other Books in the Series

The Seventh Tower (6 books)
  • The Fall (The Seventh Tower, #1)
  • Castle (The Seventh Tower, #2)
  • Aenir (The Seventh Tower, #3)
  • Above the Veil (The Seventh Tower, #4)
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