Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah Bancroft

Posted February 2, 2022 by jrsbookr in Fantasy / 0 Comments

by Josiah Bancroft
Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah BancroftSenlin Ascends Published by Orbit on August 22, 2017
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure, Fiction / Fantasy / Epic, Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Pages: 384
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The first book in the word-of-mouth phenomenon debut fantasy series about one man's dangerous journey through a labyrinthine world.

"One of my favorite books of all time" -- Mark Lawrence

The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. 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 luxury and menace, of unusual animals and mysterious machines.

Soon after arriving for his honeymoon at the Tower, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, Thomas Senlin, gets separated from his wife, Marya, in the overwhelming swarm of tourists, residents, and miscreants.

Senlin is determined to find Marya, but to do so he'll have to navigate madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassins, and the illusions of the Tower. But if he hopes to find his wife, he will have to do more than just endure.

This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.


Read this if you are ready to adventure into a world like none you have seen before. Read this if you like stories that ramble and take you on a walkabout of sorts. Read this if you want enjoyable stories to get lost travel along with the characters. Senlin Ascends follows Tom through the Tower of Babel to find his wife that he lost on the first day of their honey to the tower. The Tower of Babel is a series of ring-does, and each one is its unique place. In this first book, we visit the market, the basement, the parlor, and the baths; Tom makes friends, makes enemies, and along the way, gains clues to the disappearance of his wife. I thoroughly enjoyed this first book and have all the rest lined up to review over the next few weeks. So I was hoping you could keep your eyes peeled as I make my journey through the Tower of Babel with Tom, and hopefully, we find the wife at the end.

About Josiah Bancroft

Josiah Bancroft started writing novels when he was twelve and by the time he finished his first, he was an addict. Eventually, the writing of Senlin Ascends began, a fantasy adventure, not so unlike the stories that got him addicted to words in the first place. He wanted to do for others what his favourite writers had done for him: namely to pick them up and carry them to a wonderful and perilous world that is spinning very fast. If he’s done that with this book, then he’s happy.

Josiah lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Sharon, and their two rabbits, Mabel and Chaplin.