The Seventh Tower #3: Aenir

by Garth Nix, Illustrations by Steve Rawlings

Scholastic (Lucas Books), January 2001.
Paperback, 233 pages.
ISBN: 0439176840
Ages 9-12

The Seventh Tower #3: Aenir by Garth Nix In this third entry in the enthralling young adult adventure tale, Tal and Milla make the journey to Aenir, the land of magic and strange creatures. Tal finally gets his longed for Spirit Shadow, but the Spirit Shadow is not exactly what he had originally hoped for. With Spirit Shadows in tow (and a furious Milla who never wanted one in the first place) the two manage to retrieve the Codex and head back to the Castle to try to find Tal's missing father and rescue his ill mother. But evil is afoot in the Castle, and the two young people have many more adventures ahead of them in order to fulfill their quests.

Aenir is another suspenseful and entertaining entry in this excellent fantasy adventure series from the author of Sabriel, Shade's Children and Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr. Garth Nix's imaginative world is vividly portrayed and the two young protagonists are quite endearing as they work towards their goals with little adult guidance, save for advice. Tal and Milla are very different people, yet they must learn to work together to achieve a common goal. The action is non-stop, the dialogue is clever and the magical world of Aenir and the Castle is a delight. Highly recommended.

--Claire E. White

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This review was published in the May, 2001 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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