THE FALL OF BABEL by Josiah Bancroft (BOOK REVIEW)
The Fall of Babel is the stunningly imaginative end to an amazing journey. Josiah Bancroft has crafted for himself and his readers the most exceptional and wondrous playground in which to work his magic, one that has few rules if any, one that seems to cross the boundaries of space and time and one I will be truly sorry to say farewell too.
I was lucky enough to receive an arc from Orbit and it sat on my bedside table for a month before I picked it up. I felt like Charlie in the book about the chocolate factory looking at his Wonka’s Scrumdiddlyumptious bar and savouring every single moment before tearing off just the tiniest corner. I read the prologue three times and each time wound up with such a big smile on my face I had to put it down. As you can tell it’s hard to write an impartial review for this series because I have loved the whole journey of both the books and the author from their initial discovery and my subsequent levels of enjoyment, to, I predict one day, world wide domination. #SharonforPresident.
Everything I adored and appreciated in the first three books is present in the grand finale. It is once again just so beautifully written. Bancroft can make the mundane awe-inspiring and his world building is second to none. His words have a flow and an elegance and the way he describes things often has me feeling like I know completely and exactly what he’s talking about.
We’re also in a really fun stage with all our characters where we’ve known them for years and watched them develop and grow and now we get to see all of that unleashed. I had so much hope for the players going into this story and I loved having that much of a connection and relationship with so many of them. There are of course more surprises, epic revelations and moments where you will put the book down for a minute and look at it the way you would a family dog that has just tried to bite your head off. The gorgeous unpredictability of the tower has all been part and parcel of this mad rollercoaster since the very start and I would expect nothing else from its curtain call.
One final note. The Books of Babel are astonishing and spectacular. These books and the author’s journey are a perfect example of why anyone who says, “I will only buy a finished series’, needs to whack their own head against the fridge.
The Fall of Babel – 5 Stars
The Fall of Babel is due for release on November 9th 2021. Order your copy here