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Towers Fall

(Towers Trilogy #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  38 reviews
War. Fire. Destruction. Xhea believed that the Lower City had weathered the worst of its troubles—that their only remaining fight would be the struggle to rebuild before winter. She was wrong.

Now her home is under attack from an unexpected source. The Central Spire, the City’s greatest power, is intent on destroying the heart of the magical entity that resides beneath the
Paperback, 396 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by Talos (first published October 6th 2015)
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Sarah Elizabeth
This was a YA dystopian/paranormal story and the end of the series.

Shai and Xhea were both okay characters and once again fought valiantly to try and save the lower city, especially given that Xhea was still struggling with her injured knee.

The storyline in this was about the central spire threatening to take over the lower city and Shai and Xhea trying to find a way to save the people who lived there and/or prevent it from happening altogether. The pace in this book was once again quite slow t
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Karina Sumner-Smith’s genre defying Towers trilogy draws to a close with Towers Fall, a series-ender that successfully lives up to the potential promised by the first two books. I remember being impressed when I first read Radiant, surprised that it was the author’s novel debut. I went on to read Defiant and was again blown away by the story’s premise and world building, and it feels deeply satisfying now to have come th
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I absolutely loved the first two books in the trilogy (both made my favourites 2016 shelf), but this last one suffered from a bit too much angst-ridden introspection by the main characters for my taste. That said, I did love the way the story itself was wrapped up.

This series overall is so worth reading and I think this author is incredibly talented. I look forward to seeing what she does next!
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A satisfying conclusion to an excellent YA Fantasy series centering on a deep relationship between the protagonists.

Xhea and Shai have discovered the Lower City is more than anyone knew, and the City itself now knows as well. The Central Spire is moving to attack putting all the inhabitants of the Lower City in jeopardy, either to be destroyed as the Spire takes action or to flee into the wastelands around the City to be picked off by nightwalkers. But as with the previous book, there are people
After being fascinated by Radiant and feeling lukewarm about Defiant, I didn't know what to expect from Towers Fall, the conclusion to Karina Sumner-Smith's genre-blending Towers Trilogy. So, what did this book do to me? It stunned me. It swept me away. It gave me reason upon reason to call it my favorite book of the series.

Towers Fall kicks off not long after Defiant wraps up. The Central Spire, the City's most powerful entity, warns the citizens of the impoverish Lower City to evacuate in thre
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A satisfying and cathartic ending. If I have mixed feelings about how the allegorical conflict of the series ultimately ended up more literal than I would have chosen, and how genre-typical escalating story stakes of immediate life or death inevitably overshadow longer-term systematic questions, there were still some genuinely breathtaking moments here, and some affecting and wonderful callbacks and unexpected yet perfect resolutions to things in the previous books, and the deep friendship betwe ...more
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Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, sci-fi
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This third and final book is as emotionally heartwrenching yet deeply moving as its predecessors. Author Sumner-Smith eschews pat endings while at the same time avoiding apocalyptic resets. The denouement is appropriate - I can't see how she could have written it any better. As well, there is no filler here despite providing so much more insight into the characters and world. But most importantly, the characters and p
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I feel like this trilogy will always stand as one of the most beautiful examples of friendship and love between two young women. If you're desperate for a story where two teenagers work together and grow as people and as friends, then go start with Radiant. I especially recommend this if you are a teenager, or if you have a teenager, who wants to read a story where girls aren't competing with each other. Although this is not marketed as a YA book, I think its themes will really appeal to teenage ...more
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really strong finish to the series. I loved how Xhea and Shai's friendship remained as a solid core to the story, even as the two of them had mostly their own plots for a lot of the book, giving them both a chance to grow their understanding of their powers and get closure on their past lives. The resolution of the larger worldbuilding story was satisfying, with lots of interesting "What now?" thoughts to ponder. Excellent series, overall. ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it

Where the first two books focused more on ideas of systemic oppression, poverty, and the burgeoning friendship of Xhea & Shai, this final book has shifted scope to understanding loss, chronic illness in childhood, growing up, and the meaning of love & family.

I personally felt that this book still suffered from the flowery exposition that pervaded the first two books in this trilogy - and I've docked a star for that - bu
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story... page turner with mind-bending world building, strong characters and a lot of heart. And no mooning over boys!! As a parent of a young girl, I love this so much... as a long time sci-fi and fantasy reader, I love it even more. Reminds me of Lois McMaster Bujold's best creations, can't wait to see what this author will do next. ...more
Deb in UT
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Though parts of this drag on for a bit longer than necessary, this is definitely the book I like best in the trilogy. Reviews of the first book show that some readers decided to not continue reading the series. While I understand their complaints, I'm glad I read all three. The things I don't like about this one are minor. I was more capable of suspending disbelief. The characters are more likable or maybe they just grew on me. The magic system and rules make a little more sense. Some fantastica ...more
Molly Mortensen
A promising start, Shai and Xhea are together again, and Xhea is back to her old self but with some character growth. No more of that depressing, give up attitude that she had in book two. Shai's the same as always, rather boring. I HATED the part with her dad! Unfortunately, Xhea loses her powers. (Again) She's without them more than she has them!

Seeing the inside of the spire was cool if creepy but would've been so much better if Xhea had her powers. (And hadn't gained morals. Just saying.)

Joe Szilvagyi
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a solid ending to the trilogy. It reinforces the themes of friendship established in the first two books and introduces a bit more social commentary.

I will note that I read this while vacationing in a third world country. Being surrounded by people that will never enjoy so many things that I take for granted made this book feel much closer to home. Social inequality is a strong theme throughout the series that becomes the main challenge in this book.

Reviewing the third book in a trilog
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Somehow I missed book two of this trilogy but I enjoyed this one based on the story in book one. It is a nice mix of fantasy and science fiction with magic as the main thread. As the two large magical forces of the Lower City and the Spires wage war the people in Lower City are being wiped out. Xhea and her ghost Shai rally the remaining humans and ghost and attempt to negotiate a truce. Action packed and a satisfying conclusion.
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Goodreads win. This is third book in a trilogy, not having read the first two I tried to get the plot. This is fantasy book about war, fire and destruction in the Lower City. Xena and Shai try to rally a defense.
Shari   Gonzales
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I will admit to not reading the first two books in this trilogy. Fantasy, science fiction story that was somewhat compelling. Didn't love the writing style.

In compliance with FTC guidelines, I must disclose in my review that I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written ending to an amazing trilogy!
Garrett Daum
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
really enjoyed how this series ended! A solid 4 star book
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a hard read. Xhea's story goes from awful to worse. I am glad I made it through to the end, but it was a chore. I need to think before I try to write anything constructive about this finale. ...more
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
More introspective but with a satisfying ending
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unexpected gem

All 3 books of this series kept my attention, but the message of the series shines through this finale so brightly that I could not put it down. The cast is ethnically and racially diverse; the genders and affections of the characters are driven by human emotions, as opposed to societal norms--and the political message is resoundingly clear and on point: the message of how privilege destroys. A wonderful series.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, youth-fantasy
So emotional! Still love Xhea & Shai, still love the incredibly creative world building around how the Lower City and Towers operate. However, this one felt a little disjointed; was hard to follow where the story was going or get even a little hint of what the ultimate climax / character choice was going to be. There was a lot of good in here even if it didn't entirely come off. Because of this, I would still definitely read whatever Karina Sumner-Smith puts out next. ...more
Kimberly Blaisdell
A must read

I was more than pleasantly surprised by this trilogy. It is a dynamic story of class war, rage, forgiveness and transformation. Some part of me would love to see the story continue but another part knows it ended where it needed to.
Deborah J. Long
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finished the trilogy

This has been a strange journey with Xeia and Shai. A story of power and love, politics and fear, light and dark. I really enjoyed it.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Excellent trilogy, highly enjoyable, great Characters!
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a satisfying and perfect end to this trilogy.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great wrap-up for the trilogy!
Grace Zhao
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
At one point, I was afraid that the book was not going to able to joint all the loose ends and leave me with questions unanswered. However, Sumner-Smith was able to wrap up the story nicely. I would have preferred if there was a longer prologue that shows the readers more in detail about how the political and social dynamics have changed. I'm also curious about what happened to the civilization before this society. However, these are only my preferences and doesn't affect the story in the grand ...more
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Karina Sumner-Smith is the author of the Towers Trilogy from Talos Press: Radiant (Sept 2014), Defiant (May 2015), and Towers Fall (Nov 2015). In addition to novel-length work, Karina has published a range of science fiction, fantasy, and horror short stories that have been nominated for the Nebula Award, reprinted in several Year’s Best anthologies, and translated into Spanish and Czech. She live ...more

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