Senlin Ascends

Senlin Ascends

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"The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel of the Silk Age. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of incredible animals and mysterious machines. While honeymooning in the Tower of Babel, Thomas Senlin loses his wife. A mild-mannered headmaster of a village school, Thomas Senlin is drawn to the Tower by scientific curiosity and the grandiose promises of a guidebook. It seems the perfect destination for a honeymoon. But soon after arriving in the Tower bazar, Senlin loses Marya in the crowd. Before he can find Marya, Senlin must first discover himself. Senlin's search for Marya carries him through madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassination, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find his wife, he must do more than survive. This quiet man of letters will have to become a man of action."--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Orbit,, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2013.
ISBN: 9780316517911
Characteristics: 394 pages : map ; 21 cm.


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Jan 31, 2019

Devine Comedy/ Through the Looking Glass/ Treasure Island.... Unchallenging ,rollicking yarn.

Dec 17, 2018

One of the better fiction books I've read in a while. Keeps you hooked the whole time. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!

Nov 26, 2018

If someone were to tell me this was a steampunk fantasy with occasional grim and gory touches, I might have passed it over. But I knew this book was winning attention in the fantasy world and the new author was making waves, so I gave it a go. It caught my attention very early and I was pulled through the whole way- a straight-laced school teacher has been thrown into a chaotic, dangerous town. Things go from bad to worse super fast, and everything in his being says to play it safe, but he can't. His new bride is separated from him, and every step of the way he has a desperate goal, to find her and bring her home safe from the worst honeymoon imaginable. Awesome character development, driving motivation and unknown dangers, great world building, and a pace that keeps you locked in. Read this next!

Apr 17, 2018

A delightful read, led by a most unlikely hero, that combines the feeling of discovery and adventure so effortlessly and leaves you enthralled by the world. A must read for lovers of adventure.

May 28, 2017

This is an obscure indie steampunk novel about a stiff school master who takes a honeymoon trip to the fabled Tower of Babel and promptly looses his lovely young wife amidst the teeming crowds. The novel describes, in great detail, how Senlin navigates the sinister and unfamiliar environments of the massive tower while searching for his lost wife. During each chapter, Senlin ascends to a new section of the tower where completely incomprehensible things happen, slowly revealing that the fabled tower has a very dark side. Over time, Senlin's character develops as he learns to take risks.

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