Tower of Change (The Keys of Fate, #1)
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Tower of Change (The Keys of Fate #1)

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Secrets and mysteries are locked within an ancient tower that the wizard's apprentice must guard with his life. One simple slip-up puts the fate of the world in the power of a desperate King's Mage, threatening to destroy peace and harmony throughout the world. Time is running out, and Galax Hanz is the only one with the magical arts to lead a collection of unlikely allies...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published December 20th 2010 by Rhapsody Publishing (first published December 2010)
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Tara Lee
The concept of Tower of Change was a welcome new concept. I had never read another novel like it. With that being said, I was not able to finish the book. There were a lot of grammatical errors that just made the flow of the book too choppy for me. It was distracting. I felt like there were a lot of different names/places introduced with none of them explained. And with our character Elazar, he was called by his first and last name, then his first name, then his last name... all within the space...more
Brandie
COVER ART: A (loved it)
ORIGINALITY: B (liked the setting/location/era etc.)
EXCITEMENT: D (liked how main focus was saving the planet, but un-relatable characters and confusion)
WRITING/DELIVERY: F (needs MAJOR editing in sentence structure, grammar etc.)

OVERALL SCORE: D
RECOMMEND: No. Not without major editing first. Then I'd have to make myself re-read.

I received this as a Goodreads giveaway from Ms. Tina Randolph. First off, I LOVE the cover art and its one of the things that attracted me to th...more
A
I was very hopeful. But as soon as I started reading it, I found the writing to be choppy, blunt and lacking finesse. Everything in this world seems to just POP into being which leaves the reader to think either, "oh, of course," or "wtf?"

I think the most important feature lacking from this story is finesse. The idea is there but it just wasn't well executed.
Joanna
First, I want to thank Goodreads, Tina M. Randolph, and Rhapsody Publishing for selecting me as a giveaway winner.
If you value elements of both adventure and fantasy in your book selections, like me, you’ll enjoy reading “Tower of Change,” book one in “The Keys of Fate.” The story is centered on Galax Hanz, a wizard apprentice, who is left in change to guard their ancient tower. However, when things go awry, and sinister forces emerge, Galax and others will have to embark on a journey in order...more
Brendan
The head wizard, Elazar, goes on a trip and leaves the castle to his apprentice. The wizard gives his apprentice Galax only one order, that "no one[,] not even Galax was allowed to enter." Inevitably, the young apprentice finds the temptation too much to bear, so he enters the tower and takes a couple souvenirs, a cube and key of fate. The evil magician, Madicon, shows up and takes these cubes as well as one key, in order to harness the other cubes powers he needs more keys. To prevent the evil...more
Patrick
I read this book because I won it on a giveaway, so thank you Tina and Goodreads!

This is a story about the apprentice mage Galax and his quest to save the world from the Ember Troll race. It is the first book in The Keys of Fate series.

I didn't like this book for the following reasons:

There was too much magic in the book and there was no apparent limitation to what magic could do.

Even though the book is only 200 pages long and easy to read I struggled most of the time because either the story d...more
A Book Vacation
I’m sorry to say that I am not a fan of Randolph’s book. I really had a hard time finishing it. The cover is beautiful, and the synopsis sounds intriguing, but the writing style seems hard-pressed and is not for me in the least. There is very little character development and the storyline jumps from scene to scene with sparse explanations, making it difficult for me to follow. Galax is the main character, but little information about him is presented, so I never felt drawn to him, or to any of t...more
Literary
Cover

The forest, moss-covered key and addition of the swirly, leafy drawings combine to make this an interesting cover. It's interpretation leans more towards the series' title rather than the book's title.

Plot

A wizard's apprentice is overcome by curiosity while his master is away. His actions initiate a sequence of events that are potentially catastrophic. It then becomes his responsibility to clean up his own mess by tracking down and collecting all of the Keys of Fate.

Main Characters

Galax - A...more
Kurt
Thank you for the goodreads win! I received my copy March 24, and I will start reading it very soon. It seems like an intruiging read, and the cover is beautiful! More to come!

Update:
The book was good. I liked the story, and the characters were likeable, though a bit transparent. At times it was hard to follow who was where and who did what.
The world in which Tina crated was definitely magical and quite unique from what we are used to seeing in this genre, not far removed from, say, Piers Anth...more
Vivian Mason-hunt
Ms. Randolph has given me a whole new way of thinking about fantasy novels. Coming from a person who, typically finds fantasy too whimsical, I found "The Keys of Fate" a refreshing change from the usual phantasmagorical content that is found in most titles of this genre. "The Keys of Fate" takes the reader along on this whirlwind journey of making the world a better place. In reading it, you are forced to stretch your imagination and place yourself in the midst of the action. However, what I fou...more
Maria Gonzalez
The book is written so descriptively that it transports you to the world of Amunet. It is truly a visual feast for your imagination. If you enjoy adventure, wizards, elemental fae and other magical beings, then this book is a must read.

But this book is much more, the characters have wonderful human qualities, that comes through the writing with messages of friendship, love, and respect for those of different cultures.

The main character Galax, is a young adult apprentice to the older wizard, El...more
Samantha
First, I love the concept of this story, and thank you to the author for the give-away opportunity! When a wizard's young apprentice lets his curiosity get the best of him, he unleashes into enemy hands a powerful artifact that can alter the very threads of existence. The apprentice begins an epic journey to retrieve the hidden keys that can save his world, meeting all sorts of fantastic beings along the way.

I have to say, though, that the execution of the story falls flat. The book itself is in...more
Traci
I was really excited to read this book. The cover art is amazing and the synopsis sounds great, but the execution wasn't the best.

For me, this book was quite choppy. We jump around from character to character quite a bit which makes it hard to follow. I just catch on to the fact that I'm reading about one character and then suddenly, I'm reading about something else and then I have to figure out who it is and where they are at.

I also found a few grammatical errors which are slightly off putting...more
Carol
This reads, refreshingly, like a sweet fairy tale.
The age-old battle between right and wrong presents itself in the first chapter of the book. I kept watching for the harsh consequences that follow poor decisions on the part of the main character. He often blundered into explosive situations because he made thoughtless and speedy choices. He seemed cocky and proud and, like many young people with little life experience, believes he will never make mistakes. I would have liked to get to know the...more
David
Apr 01, 2011 David rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kffirefox , Gabbie
came to my wife for me from Goodreads First reads I was very impressed with this book I found it a very easy page turner. The story is about a young wizard apprentice named Galax who finds himself in an adventure of his life. He made the same mistake a lot of people do when they are told they can not go there it is a secret. well now he has to go all over the know world looking for the "keys of fate" and while he and a small group of friends are searching for them they have to fix the destructio...more
Donnie
Jul 09, 2011 Donnie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: yes
Recommended to Donnie by: win
Just finished The Keys of Fate. The flow of the story is very relaxing and easy to keep up with. Its just the kind of book you want to read when you've had a long day and want to emerge yourself into a another reality.The book has all the wonderful things I like fantasy.Magicians,Faes wolves,Trolls, there were even several types of trolls.Through out the adventure there were many many creatures of the fantasy world And I loved the Ideal of beings from another planet being introduced. IT had fee...more
Tami
Haven't received yet, just got notice I had won. 3/14/11
Just received, will start after my current read is done. 3/26/11
Starting this today. 3/28/11
This book was stolen by my mom, so I will get it back when she is done I suppose. 4/2/11

Stole it back. Galax is an apprentice wizard. His master is going to a meeting of all wizards and entrusts Galax with the care of the tower. Of course, Galax is curious as to what the tower contains/protects and puts everything at risk.

The story was a bit predicta...more
Amy
First Reads Review:
Thanks to the author and Good Reads for the opportunity to review this book,but it was very difficult to read. The concept of a good fantasy story is there, but the book reads like a synopsis. The characters were not developed and i was not invested in there story. The dialogue was choppy and unemotional. The main character did many great things, but just came to the knowledge of the solutions out of thin air. There were oddly italicized words and phrases over and over again....more
Mare
Let me begin by thanking Goodreads for giving me the opportunity to win a book. Now for the review...
I've tried to start this book twice now... not sure what's not "hooking" me... I've finished 4 other books rather then this book; I'm not too optimistic that I'm ever going to read/finish this book. Sorry.
I'd have to re-read it to tell you exactly what my issues are. I'm not going to do that. It's just doesn't "flow" smoothly. And once I felt I might have an idea of who is who in the scene the au...more
Maria
I took into consideration that it must of taken alot of work to put this book together and that Tina Randolph was kind enough to send me the book.

To me it seemed that the book is meant for those who are transitioning from picture books to novels without any pictures in it. The descriptions are vague, but they get backed up from the few images that Tina provides the reader with.
I personally didn't connect with the story because it seemed as if it was only touching the surface and I couldn't get...more
Janie Brooks
Although the book was more geared toward a younger reader, I found it lacked direction as far as the plot was concerned. Ms Randolph has good ideas, and I thought the whole concept of the story was interesting, but her character development lacks depth and following the characters around was like being on a scavenger hunt without a list. I've read "younger reader" books before and did not have this problem. I felt as if I were being rushed along from one main event to another, and none of them t...more
Celinda
Apr 07, 2011 Celinda marked it as to-read
Personally I liked the book. I've read books that held no interest to me what so ever, but this book caught my attention. The grammar errors are something that could distract the read from the story, but if you look pass that and follow along with the story you'll understand and get into it. Galax Hanz wasn't mentioned much and it felt like he wasn't a person to be trusted. And when i read this i was getting confused on where they were, who they were, i really had trouble following. overall i th...more
Anna
I received this book as a giveaway and found it to be an enjoyable read. It is the story of Galax, the young apprentice to the wizard Elazar, who finds himself in the position of saving the world of Amunet. Along with the many friends he meets along his journey he must seek the keys to restore balance to his world. It is the story of good vs. evil, along with a message of caring for our planet. Somewhat of a fantasy version of King Arthur.
lilly bear ♡
Mar 14, 2011 lilly bear ♡ marked it as to-read
Shelves: first-read, the-haves
Thank you so much for the win, good reads! This one looks like it will be an interesting read, at least. The series' name sounds rather promising, too, doesn't it? The Keys of Fate. It has that epic feel to it. I'm liking it. I haven't read anything from Tina M. Randolph yet, but this seems like as good a place to start as any other.
Deranged Pegasus
Won through Goodreads First Reads. The beginning is a bit slow but does provide a great amount of setting and a point of origin for the reader in the book's world. The story is one that draws the reader into a journey that will decide the fate of the world. I cannot wait to read the next book.
Kim Fulton
I loved this book. It was everything I thought it would be just be seeing the title. Full of mystery and wonder. A great read for any age really. Elazar is very similar to Dumbledore of the Harry Potter series. Definitely a must for anyone who enjoys fantasy novels.
Timikalin
May 26, 2011 Timikalin marked it as to-read
book is horrible!!!
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Tina M. Randolph is the author of the mystical book series Mystic Deja and other science-fiction and fantasy novels for teens, children, and lovers of the supernatural.

Randolph is originally from Grambling, Louisiana, where she loved the country atmosphere, and learned how to be creative. She was raised in Houston, Texas, and attended the Art Institute to become an artist. Her interests as a writ...more
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