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The White Tower (The Aldoran Chronicles #1)

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  1,387 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
Winner 2017 National IE Award for Fantasy.
Winner 2017 Readers Favorite for Epic Fantasy.
Winner 2017 Beverly Hills Awards for Fantasy.
RunnerUp 2017 Kindle Book Awards for Fantasy/SciFi.

Magic is outlawed.

Those caught wielding it are taken to the White Tower. They are never heard from again.

After the chaos of the great Wizard Wars nearly a thousand years ago, the people turne
Kindle Edition, 645 pages
Published November 1st 2016 (first published October 26th 2016)
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Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
A thousand years ago after the Wizards Wars, people outlawed the use of magic. People caught wielding magic are rounded up by the Black Watch, taken to the White Tower, and are never seen again. Unfortunately people don't choose to have magic, they are born with magical ability. The remaining magic users do their best to hide their powers. A dark practitioner of magic is amassing his forces and anyone who does not serve him is in danger in the days to come.

I had high expectations for The White T
3 1/2 stars. If you like big, meaty, epic fantasies, this could be just what you're looking for.

I wanted to rate it higher, as I really enjoyed this one. But where it scratched the surface of being something great, it never really got there. As a first book in a series, I don't have any worries that the overall story will click into place and be satisfying, but at this stage in the game I find myself wanting more. That is a good thing too, as I'm intrigued enough to want to continue...

The execu
Nick T. Borrelli
This debut fantasy book by Michael Wisehart totally took me off guard in the best possible way. I wasn't expecting such a tight and engaging story from a relatively new author but that is exactly what it is. If you are looking for a fantasy that is very reminiscent of Michael J. Sullivan's Ryria series, then this one would be right up your alley. It had that feel to it while still managing to seem totally original. I read this in about four days even though it clocks in at around 600 pages. This ...more
Esmerelda Weatherwax
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was really debating whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. It's really about a 4.25 - 4.5 for me, longer review to come. I really, really enjoyed this one but there were just a few small problems which is keeping me from 5 stars.
Jeff Boles
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantasy fiction has a limited number of tropes. heroes in exile, villains in disguise, undeveloped magic, etc. Most regular readers of fantasy have seen it in myriad forms. So what can you expect out of yet another fantasy story? Excellence, innovation of these tropes, and a fresh look at what the genre can provide.

Michael Wisehart has managed to to hit all those marks and more. The major players are engaging, you learn to like or dislike the characters for who and what they are, not how the aut
Beverly K
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Originally, I was going to give this 3.5 stars. Since GR does not permit half stars, I was going to round it down. Now I'm giving it 2.5 stars and rounding it down.

At first, I thought some of my distaste for this book stemmed from my anxiety over something irl. When I pushed past this, I realized that there are some very real problems with this book. For one thing, it's verbose. This novel could've easily been pruned with good editing. Moreover, this novel needs editing to remedy the grammatica
Kevin Potter
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'll be honest, I was expecting more.
This is a very well-reviewed, impressively selling, award-winning fantasy title.

That said, I do not believe it deserves the hype.

Let's start with the technical stuff. There are a lot of repetitive "filler" words on almost every page. In most cases, the combination of "was" and a word ending in "ing" is a poor choice as it is both a bit of a tense violation as well has being both passive and a bit clunky to read. Plus it adds extra words for no good reason.

Allan Ashinoff
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and it really should receive better than a 3 star rating simply because of its premise and scope. However I did find myself skimming, walking away simply not to doze off a couple of times, and I frequently forgot the relevance of a character after the author finally chose to revisit them. Like a roller coaster with too many level and straight segments, the sharp curves and dips, while a lot of fun, lost some of their luster.

I preferred the authors focus in his prequel Shackle
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
It seemed to me the author was a bit too much in love with the world he created as he tends to give a little too much detail at times, thus creating an imbalance in the story and not to the benefit of character development. All in all it was enjoyable, an interestingly built world, but somehow it did not grip me as I would have expected. Recommend it though.
C.L. Schneider
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review to come...
Sharon Rhoads
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Start with a world that feels so real you'd swear you've been there. Populate it with characters you can relate to and even get attached to. Add magic, discovery and wonder set against intrigue, treachery and monsters. There is sweetness, light and love. There is cruelty, darkness and hate. Greed, fear and corruption battle altruism, courage and virtue. A book that looks very long turns out to be not half long enough. I eagerly await the next book.
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Twists get a bit too much. A bit preachy in places.

The author also does go overboard with adverbs and adjectives, which doesn't always work for me. For instance, what is a "torrential wind"?

I also hate the use of "ya". This is modern American slang which does not fit in with the medieval theme of the book.

(this is the same review I put on Amazon)
Steven Naylor
Rating 2.5

I knew at the end of this book I was going to give it a 2.5 rating. The debate I was having with myself was if I should give it 3 star and round down or 2 stars and round up. (this is where half stars would really be helpful GoodReads....hint, hint). Overall while it wasn't a bad story, there were too many components that triggered my personal pet peeves to ignore.

The story is pretty simple, there is magic in the world and for the most part it has become outlawed (if not blatantly
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I must admit this was a tough slog and I almost gave up.
It is a large tome of nearly sedentary pace for about 90% until a few interesting but weirdly dissatisfying battles at the end. And talking of the end: a man escapes, another man gets amnesia, a boy goes unconscious, lots of people die, sub plots are just left hanging, the big-bad just disappears off the page... the book just ends and doesn’t, for me, give a decent enough closure. I know it’s intended to be a series but at least let me hav
The White Tower is a big book at a whopping 624 pages, but it is a page turner in enough parts.It is a sprawling epic fantasy tale with a huge character cast and diverse settings. It starts as a typical run of the mill epic fantasy, which I didn't mind at all cause everything I love about epic fantasy was there. The White Tower features a lot of Point of View characters, but the plots are centered around four of them. These are Ty, the fae-bred youth who seems to be some kind of chosen one, Ayri ...more
Nina Carboni
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it

Fairly predictable and not super original, but not bad over all. I would recommend this to someone looking for an entry in the fantasy genre.
Apr 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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Ron Norum
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This book contains a great story, with a good - or sadly at times superfluous - world building. I struggled through some of the chapters, like when a smith is "questioned" for several chapters without any proper relevance to the story... Though by the end I was engrossed in the story, and I still want to know what happens in the next part. I will say that this could have been the start of a great series, but I feel that the author wanted to explain more than actually tell the story overall. By m ...more
Samantha Newsome
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Give it a try.

Give it a try. It was well worth my time for the hours of enjoyment I received. Thank you Mr. Wisehart.
Rachael Pope
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is now one of my favorite books. Below is my review that I posted on Audible.

Would you consider the audio edition of The White Tower to be better than the print version?

I’ve only listened to the audio version. I will say that as much as I love the narrator, I’d probably prefer it in hard back. This story switches between A LOT of characters, which I find frustrating at times. I like to follow the character arcs of only one or two characters at a time. The print version would allow me to fol
N Islam
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy, fantasy
4 solid stars.

Its not every day that you get to read a book like this. This book is merely the end of the beginning, but it felt exciting none the less. The White Tower is an epic fantasy series that mirrors the wheel of time in a lot of ways. There is a orphan boy with hidden potential, an old wizard, evil trying to gain footholds in the confines of power and the disappearance of magic from a world that seems strange without it. I know this rings a lot of bells, and I know that you're probably
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The book was a pretty big failure for the editor. It's been a very long time since I last read a book with so many mistakes in it. Wrong words (nonsensical choices and homonyms) and misspellings abound. Things "seemed" to be instead of actually being. Unnecessary words cluttered the page.

Several chapters could have, and should have been cut out. Every chapter from Valtor's perspective should have been cut because they slowed the book down while adding nothing worthwhile. He's the villain of this
River (Tamaranth)
Until the last few chapters this seemed more like a book about a world rather than a book about specific characters. The entire book is told through so many different POVs that I had trouble remembering who was whom, and which sub-story I was in. The "main characters" POVs weren't so bad, but there are a crazy number of chapters told through the POVs of random secondary characters that I felt like I spent half the time wondering what was going on and who this person was.

The chapters are named fo
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Other than the numerous grammar errors in this one, it wasn't a bad story. It was a bit slow in places, but with a work as long as this one was, that's to be expected. There were several places where swift action from one of the characters would have prevented loads of trouble later, but that too is par for the course.
If you have an interest in fantasy settings, and you like magic stories, you might like this one, though the magic isn't as integral to the story as it might be in future installm
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a mixed bag. The intro battle scene is one of the best magical battle scene I have ever read.
The author goes into depth the effects of the battle spells and you are engrossed into the scene. Magic scenes in general are very good. However the author also likes to pad every act, a lot of nothing goes on. Unimportant characters go into ramble into deep thought and there are whole acts that overstay their welcome.

I am not against long novels, I read most of Stephen King's unabridged nove
Steve Jennings
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. The characters were very well described and developed. They were primarily ordinary people who each has a gift that they must hide for fear. I spent the entire book trying to figure out who the main character is only to realize that they all have a key part in the story. The ending had a Fellowship of the Rings feel leaving us wanting the next installment to find out how the characters will ultimately come together and how they will overcome this powerful evil. I lik ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'll try to keep this simple....I would really give it about 3.5 stars. I really like the characters and the character building. I did, however, think it could use a really good editor. I found the same descriptive phrases being used on the same page and even the same paragraph once or twice. Before getting this book I read a few reviews in the Kindle store and one review mentioned how well the author does at creating the scene. I have to disagree with that. I felt like much of the description c ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It has a really intriguing and unique storyline. I absolutely loved Ferrin and Ayrion and found myself looking forward to their scenes the most. I grew quite attached to Ferrin in Shackled. Also a certain almost character death seriously left me reeling. I look forward to seeing what else this author comes out with. There were a lot of parts that were a bit “wordy” which had me trying to resist the urge to skim through some parts. I also struggled with Ty’s ch ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The White Tower was an all around enjoyable book that I would rate 4.5/5.

It had some minor grammatical and descriptive errors here and there but for the author's first book and self published to boot, I'm inclined to let it slide.

In some ways the base of the story isn't as original as some of the newer fantasy series out there. However, if you are looking for a more traditional epic fantasy similar to the likes of Michael J Sullivan's Riyria series, that departs from the dark and gritty directio
Cristina Bucica
Good read. I do recommend it and I will be reading the next books in this series for sure.

That being said, the pace is a bit dragged and the intertwined multiple point of views made the flow and timeline feel pretty disjointed for my liking.

Also the love triangle made me drop my rating considerably. First because I hate love triangles in any storyline and secondly because this love triangle feels forced and so unconvincing in my opinion. Especially when the character you revolve the love triangl
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MICHAEL WISEHART graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business before going back to school for film and starting his own production company.

As much as he enjoyed film-work, the call of writing a novel got the better of him, and on April 14, 2014, he started typing the first words of what would become two epic fantasy series: The Aldoran Chronicles and Street Rats of Aramoor.

He currently lives an
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