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Crowtower (The Sun Thief Book 2) Kindle Edition
All things must die. If death will come regardless, then we do not need to fear it or to run from it. We can live instead.
The priests of Vatu are locked in an endless cycle of life, death, and rebirth. Their constant reincarnations are defined by service to the dark spirit, hatred for each other, and ruling the world of eternal night in which they live, broken only by a single day each year when Vatu releases the Sun. They have suffered and enjoyed this existence for millennia, for an eternity... until now.
In the Tower of the Sun at the centre of the world, the reborn Utas returns to fulfill his destiny to become High Priest. He has scarcely completed his education, however, when a shocking secret of his resurrection emerges. Now questioning everything he knows, he takes a path never before followed in his long existence. Yet darkness and pain still shadow everything he does, and all his attempts at freedom seem only to lead back to Vatu.
Can Utas ever escape hatred and death, or will darkness forever rule his heart as it does the shadowed land?
"David Rae once again mesmerises and enthrals with his second instalment in The Sun Thief trilogy. Just as in Crowman, the incredible prose draws the reader in, and holds him spellbound in a place filled with light and dark, exquisite beauty and bleak depravity. We see the deep complexities that make up the man Utas. How he grapples with his destiny, his place in the world. Crowtower expands on the mythos and inner workings of Tower of the Sun, treating the reader to a journey of discovery, despair and forgiveness." - Elizabeth Eckstein, author of Quicksilver & Brimstone
"I loved the explorations of free will in this book, along with the themes of identity and personable responsibility. This is a very spiritual book, and I found it very intellectually satisfying. Rae's writing is spot on. His beautiful descriptions combined with succinct prose means he juggles complex ideas, symbolism and action without losing the reader." - Iseult Murphy, author of 7 Days in Hell--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08W3PCLDP
- Publisher : Brain Lag; 1st edition (June 11, 2021)
- Publication date : June 11, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2015 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 272 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,271,509 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story, competently told in first person, present tense, has a lot of dialogue, but it is not particularly compelling. The cover made me hope for a suspenseful, creepy tale, but although this was odd and unusual, it never quite attained creepy or suspenseful for me. There is plenty of gruesomeness: murder, rape, mutilation, etc., but we are told of them in a matter-of-fact way, without emotion, so the reader does not feel emotion when reading it. Also, the main characters, especially for the first 25% or so of the book, is made up of despicable people who lack sympathy. None are likeable or charismatic, so there is no one to root for, especially when they are going to be reborn if they die anyway. Eventually, a few other innocent people are introduced, but can they survive when they are at the mercy of those who would kill them without remorse? Crowtower will appeal to readers who like a cryptic, unusual story that keeps them guessing.
Escape the Darkness. The Dark Lord, Vatu, but escape may or may not be possible. As Utas transforms himself, the realm into which he has been reborn is also transformed; yet some things are as immutable as the Darkness itself. The priests of Vatu, for example, are beyond change. They exist to consume darkness and dispel whatever flickers of light Utas attempts to ignite. They take twisted pleasure in betrayal and domination…and in this way they were a stark parallel of our own darkness.
This complex series comes to life through elaborate characterizations and timeless themes. It whisks readers away into the unfamiliar, then surrounds them with masterfully woven tangles of well-known concepts and mythological reinventions. Like it’s predecessor, CrowMan, the story is carried by dialog, but there are still times when I had to pause in wonder (and sometimes in revulsion!) Lush whispers of ethereal landscapes tease the reader into tranquility while hint of the grotesque taint the placid waters. Meals of warm milk and blood, for example, which our main character seems to relish, sent shivers down my spine!
Labyrinthine, magical, and engrossing, Dave Rae has once again filled each page with mesmerizing imagery, elegant beauty and chilling corruptions. If you long to lose yourself in a truly spell-binding read, look no further. The Sun Thief trilogy delivers!
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I really liked the idea of the priests locked in the tower of Utas, and found their treatment of each other both cruel and terrifying. I get where they are coming from and why they do what they do - they have nothing in life but darkness, fear, and pain, and this is what drives their actions. I found it interesting how they responded to Utas, their High Priest and ruler, and how their seemingly unwavering devotion was misplaced. It was also interesting exploring the background to Utas and it was great to get his side of the story so we can truly understand him.
In terms of world-building and background, this book builds on it in a great way, offering us a prequel of the events of the first book but something that can stand on its own in a world full of symbolism and fascinating rituals. The themes are dark, very dark, and it weaves in and out of each page. It is unrelenting but in a way that pulls you in, and the imagery is really well described with some lovely phrases which really hone the lore.
A slow burn book, dialogue heavy, and full of some amazing characters. This is a world I am really beginning to love and I cannot praise this book enough.