Book Review: The Girl of the Tower by Paula Ottoni (eARC)

They think that the explosion of light we all see coloring the night sky in the last day of the Decennium is due to it, not to a girl being killed on a stone table.

The Girl of the Tower

Author: Paula Ottoni

Publication Date: 26 February 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 268

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services


For ten years, Sophie has been confined on the Island of the Tower.

For as long as she can remember, she has patiently accepted her isolation, though she craves freedom. She serves a greater purpose and her yearning for freedom will soon be satisfied. At least that is what Dorian tells her — her only visitor, whom she loves deeply and trusts blindly. In a few days she will turn seventeen and, on this day, she will finally leave the Tower to achieve something great.

However, when she learns that her fate will be much crueler than what Dorian made her believe, Sophie realizes that he is not the Prince Charming from the fairy tales she has been reading. Even worse, Sophie seemingly can do nothing to change her bleak future, as the tremendous powers trapping her on the Island are far too strong for her to break through.

Sophie’s hope is then reignited when two mysterious men manage to reach her in her beautiful prison, just a few days before her Last Day. To them she is an integral part of a greater plan. To her, they are a way to escape, so Sophie agrees to flee with them to Tornnis, the magical lands across the sea.

On her journey, Sophie will have to run from a tyrant king and his massive army of soldiers and wizards while discovering a frightening yet amazing new world, brand new feelings, and powers she never imagined possessing. Allied with a band of outcasts she equally admires and despises, Sophie will struggle to become the hero they expect her to be. After all, saving Tornnis won’t be easy when it means loving a family member she has no memory of, as well as giving up on the only person she ever loved.

The Girl of the Tower is an epic adventure loosely inspired by the Rapunzel fairy tale, full of magic, romance, battles, drama and thrilling escapes, perfect for those who like YA high fantasy series such as Eragon, The Remnant Chronicles, Falling Kingdoms, Throne of Glass and Red Queen.

My Thoughts:

This story follows the life of Sophie; a seventeen-year old girl living in isolation in the Tower on the island in the kingdom of Tornnis for the last ten years. Sophie can’t remember her life prior to this isolation. She has accepted this life of isolation for fear of an unsettling darkness that her mind hints at, but she is unable to place. She has devoted herself to Dorian, Prince of Tornnis, who has been her sole visitor since she first came to the Tower as a little girl. She loves Dorian, and she’s convinced that he loves her as well.

Sophie’s entire world unravels around here when she has an unexpected encounter with Dara, the ghost of a girl who was previously trapped in the tower. Dara enlightens Sophie with the insidious truth behind The Last Day, which is rapidly approaching.  Dara explains that girls who are born with extraordinary magical abilities are stowed away in the tower for ten years to be sacrificed in order to provide the next decade’s worth of magic for the entire kingdom (Ummm…wtf?!) To make matters worse, Dorian knew of this deceit and hid it from her.

From this point, the story transforms into a journey of Sophie’s self-discovery where she learns that she has superior magical abilities. It is up to Sophie, with the aid of her friends Sinvar and Isaiah, to break the cursed cycle that has been thrust upon her in order to save by herself and the kingdom from the tyrannical king.

Overall, I really enjoyed this refreshing take on Rapunzel. Prince Charming doesn’t turn out to be who he’s supposed to be. Sophie is no longer the damsel in distress that is waiting to be rescued. This story is full of adventure, magic, a completely dysfunctional royal family, and romance. I can’t wait to see how the story continues in the next book .

Thank you to Paula Ottoni for providing an eARC of the book. This did not bias my review, and the opinions are my own.

Rating: 4 stars 


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