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The Seven Towers

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  1,126 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
They are seven players in a game of deadly magic Eltiron, Prince of Sevarin; Crystalorn, Princess of Barinash; Ranlyn, the desert rider; Jermain, the outlaw; Vandaris, the soldier; Carachel, the Wizard-King; and Amberglas, the sorceress. Each of them has a secret, and each fights his or her part in the thrilling battle that has put seven kingdoms on the very edge of destru ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published February 19th 2009 by Puffin Books (first published March 1st 1984)
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Feb 21, 2009 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Wrede's Enchanted Forest and Lyra books (especially the Raven Ring), but here it feels like Wrede couldn't quite make up her mind whether to make this a humorous fantasy novel, like the Enchanted Forest, or a more somber fantasy novel, like the Lyra books. So, there are these serious murders/betrayals/setups for genocide right next to cutesy insults of "squash head!", and it doesn't quite work for me. Serious evil needs some serious swearing in order to be taken seriously.
I also
Let's see here. Has it got...

...a worrywart prince investigating political intrigue? Check!
...a new royal advisor whose presence causes the king to act strangely? Check!
...and absent-minded sorceress who is actually extremely powerful? Check!
...a beautiful princess stressing over being betrothed to a man she's never met? Check!
...a tough-talking but soft-hearted soldier? Check! honor-obsessed desert nomad who speaks exclusively in awkward, desert-themed metaphors? Check!
...a nebulous, "unde
Genocide is never the answer. SERIOUSLY.
Feb 09, 2017 Moira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aj, fantasy
10.2.2017 - 4,5*
Takový ten okamžik, kdy si chcete přečíst začátek knížky, abyste věděli, jaká je...
A čtete...
A čtete...
A o pár hodin později jste tak nějak... na konci.

Autorka vytvořila kouzelný svět, který mě do sebe vtáhl doslova od první stránky. A nepustil mě, dokud jsem nepřečetla poslední slovo knížky.
Postavy. Úžasné, živé postavy. Mrzí mě, že neměly více místa k prohloubení charakteru a nějaké té historii, jelikož byly nádherně různorodé, ale ne tak dobré, jak mohly být.
Až na Amberglas.
An Odd1
Apr 08, 2013 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Willowy Amberglass is "the Dowager Duchess of Denver .. cross-wired with Chrestomanci .. one of my all-time favorite characters" (author, inner back cover), and mine. Quotes included to enjoy. From her first encounter with the wounded Jermain, sorceress Amberglass encourages him to reveal his innermost secrets. She sounds polite, kind, respectful, caring, skilled, blathery, independent, confident, roundabout, vague, clever, dippy, astute, insightful, wise
Hazel West
May 15, 2013 Hazel West rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoughts on the Overall Book: I've been a fan of Patricia C Wrede since I read the Enchanted Forest Chronicles, and this book is just as good as those in my opinion. It had a really awesome story line, one with a bunch of twists I wasn't expecting at all, and also a great cast of characters that I always look for in her books. I really enjoyed this one a lot.

Cover--Yea or Nay: The cover's okay. It's not the best cover in the world, but it's attention-grabbing, and you can tell it's a fantasy. I
Becky B
Nov 20, 2012 Becky B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Eltiron is having a rough month. First, one of his best friends, Jermain, was banished by the King, supposedly for treason. And Jermain thinks Prince Eltiron was part of setting him up for treason. Now, King Marreth's new advisor, the slimy Terrel has convinced Marreth to betroth Eltiron to the princess of Barinash sight unseen. Lucky for Eltiron his aunt Vandi shows up to help lend some sanity to a really crazy court. Vandi won't let anyone push her around, and she sees that something weird is ...more
Amanda McCrina
2.5 stars. An OK book that could have been much better if the author had slowed the pace and developed the characters more. Some of them are likable characters, but we never get to know them very well. We're told their emotions, rather than shown: a reconciliation that should have been particularly moving, towards the end of the book, is bland and emotionless, as are the deaths of two major characters. Much of the action, too, is told rather than shown; important events are skimmed over so quick ...more
Oct 13, 2015 Lydia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great evil magic is stirring in the South. Most of the peoples in the Northern lands are unaware of this (though there have been hints and warnings), and some lands with little magic are dubious that this isn't just a plot to overrun their countries. So they react by ignoring and going on with their lives and petty policies, however, that doesn't change a thing and those who know will find support for the coming battle one way or the other.

I enjoyed this story. I liked the main characters, an

Rosalyn Eves
I had a hard time getting into this book, which was strange for me as I usually enjoy Wrede's work. The story basically follows seven characters, who inhabit seven kingdoms and who are all facing the same poorly understood threat as the nomad tribes of the south prepare to come north and the matholych (some kind of fearsome monster) follows them. I think part of my difficulty came from the fact that there were so many characters, and the point of view switched back and forth every chapter or so ...more
Mar 20, 2011 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers aged ten and up
Shelves: own
There is something dreadfully wrong in the kingdom of Sevairn. The king has exiled his head advisor for supposed treason, has arranged a sudden marriage for his son with a princess he has never met, and is completely ignoring the looming danger of an impending invasion. Prince Eltiron, with the help of his aunt Vendaris, a mercenary, does not believe that the Jermain, the exiled advisor, is guilty, but there is little that they can do. Jermain, who has been forced to flee for his life, is rescue ...more
Feb 01, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yafantasy
I enjoyed this book very much. It begins with Amberglas, a character that owes much of dialog style, I thought, to the Princess Eilonwy. However, in reading the afterward, Patricia Wrede says the character came to her as equal parts the dowager Duchess of Denver from Busman's Honeymoon and Chrestomanci of Diana Wynne Jones's books. Either way, she's a lot of fun, once you get in to the pattern of her speech and thoughts, and it's fascinating watching other characters interact with her. Who under ...more
I liked it well enough but some of the main characters could have a been a little more interesting, it was not all that exciting and the ending was anti-climatic. There are seven characters that really come in play and the book is narrated by two of them. I enjoyed Eltiron's narration far better than Jermain's. Between all these characters and a few more thrown in, the characters must deduce and take risks in who they can trust. The greater enemy than those humans that cause minor annoyances is ...more
Feb 17, 2011 H rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though this was another quick read (as in, I read it quickly), I didn't like it as much as I've liked her other books. I finished it with the feeling of there being plot holes, even though everything had been resolved by the end--possibly because it took so long for everything to come together. Also, possibly because the varying pieces did not seem to fit together really well, so even with the resolutions and everything coming together, it felt disjointed. I have to say, though, that I loved Amb ...more
May 12, 2013 Water rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I expected better from Wrede. I loved the Enchanted Forest Chronicles when I was younger and still do. Reading the back of this book I expected more of the same type of story here. It looked like it would be in the same class of story as a Terry Pratchett novel, but it wasn't.

The tone of the story flip-flops too much for my liking. It can't decided whether it is going for a more satirical approach or if it is actually trying to take itself seriously. As a humour book it falls flat. As a serious
Apr 27, 2010 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must confess there were a few false starts for this one. But once I stuck around, I was pleased with the plot and character development. In many ways it reminded me of Graceling - different, of course, but I think those that liked Graceling might turn to this one when looking for something else to read.
I will say that the biggest reason it took me a while to get into it was the sheer number of characters. I kept thinking of my creative writing instructor and how he'd tell us not to introduce s
This was the last book in my string of Patricia C. Wrede's works. It is classic fantasy, complete with evil wizards, warring countries and a shapeless evil. The plot revolves around seven characters who must either band together or fight to their death. While Eltiron (the prince) and Carachel (the wizard-king) are fully drawn and develop through the work, others are more one-dimensional. Amberglass, as the absent-minded sorceress is a humorous addition but feels over-played at times. The story-l ...more
Jan 09, 2016 Telyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed Wrede's wonderfully silly Enchanted Forest books and her clever Regency period magician books, but this book is clunky. As many other Goodreads reviewers have pointed out, the goofy dialogue sits uncomfortably with a plot revolving around evil magic and genocide. The author seems to have been torn between writing a light fantasy adventure for young readers and a Michael Moorcock-esque story of evil wizards and soul-destroying magic, and it just doesn't work very well—it's too silly ...more
This fantasy novel had an intriguing and twisting plot, but at times it felt like it was too convoluted and confusing. It is also confused by figuring out how magic works in the land this takes place in since magic is an important piece of this story.

The characters were enjoyable. I cared what became of them. One character, Amberglas, was incredibly likeable, but sometimes mind-numbing to hear her speak. This is how many of the characters responded to her, so it helped you feel a part of the sto
Wrede, along with Pamela Dean, Phillip Pullman, Susan Cooper, and Diana Wynne Jones, have been among my most liked fantasy writers since I was a kid. Wrede for her Enchanted Forest Chronicles and the 2 magician books. Reading this one now- I enjoyed her writing voice but it definitely didn't live up to those other books.

The characters were very obvious, which is irritating in a book that has so much political intrigue plot points. The plot itself reminds me a bit of Game of Thrones except, lik
Apr 27, 2011 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signal
Decent fantasy novel. Plot held together pretty well, except for a few moments where the characters somehow failed to pick up on something that was obvious to the reader.

One of the characters had an odd speech pattern, and I was hoping it would turn out to be something awesome, like she was cursed to never say anything even slightly false, so she always had to qualify all her statements. But we never saw an explanation, and my current suspicion is she was just doing it to be annoying.
Oct 28, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found a bunch of her old books at the local Goodwill and picked them up. I think I understand why I've never heard of these before. They weren't horrible, but there was nothing different or inspiring about them. I give props for actually having a story about seven towers without making the characters visit each one, but a lot of the history felt rather skimmed over, particularly the nation where everything takes place. Neutral.
Wrede seems to have two different styles: one that is a "fun read" style and one that is a "serious fantasy" style. This book, like the Lyra books, fits into the "serious fantasy" style more than the "fun read" (eg., the dragon books and her "magician" books). Because of this, it takes a couple of chapters to figure out what is going on. I really liked the story line and the characters--especially the unexpected twists.
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Seven people are involved to try to save the kingdoms from the magical power of the matholych. It devours people to increase in size and magic.

Each of the seven have an important role to perform, for either good or ill. (But with the best intentions) The matholych must be stopped or it will overtake and kill all in its path.

I struggled between a 3 and a 4 rating. It probably is a 3 1/2.
Maureen E
Meh. I felt generally underwhelmed by this one, which is unfortunate. I suppose if I were younger I would probably have liked it. As it was, I liked it but felt like there were whole huge problems and reactions that just got skipped over (my major example is very spoilery, so I won’t say what it is). [Mar. 2010]
Apr 08, 2013 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wrede-patricia
As a big fan of her other series "The Enchanted Forest" and of her novel "Raven Ring," I had high hopes for this novel. The beginning was interesting. The middle was deathly boring and the ending slightly redeemed itself. Definitely not re-reading or continuing with the supposed series that this sets up to be.
Aug 01, 2012 Kaylynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Wrede really knows how to weave a story together filled with magic and uncertainty. Really liked this book, it kept me guessing until the very end about what was going to happen to all of the characters. Lots of misunderstanding between characters, and a few loose ends at the end of the story but all in all very satisfying.
Aug 13, 2011 Melinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't think the author could decide whether she wanted to write a serious fantasy novel or a more playful work for all ages. As it was, it felt like both, or perhaps I should say neither. Her later works (the Enchanted Forest Chronicles) are much more enjoyable to read, being firmly in the latter camp and making no bones about it.
Feb 09, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book just as much as love all of Patricia C. Wrede's other books. It is the perfect YA fantasy novel (the only thing missing is the dragons.) A prince and princess, a banished advisor, a scatter-brained sorceress, a cranky king, and 7 towers scatter through the realm, all make this book awesome.
Nov 09, 2014 Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book by Wrede. The protagonists are well developed and likable, there are lots of plot twists, those who seem trustworthy aren't and those who don't are. There's a princess being married off, a self-doubting prince, friendship, loyalty, betrayal, and a happy ending, and a bit of a moral.
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Patricia Collins Wrede was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of five children. She started writing in seventh grade. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in Biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses at all. She began work on her first novel, Shadow Magic, just after graduating from college in 1974. She finished it five years later and started her se ...more
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