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From a High Tower is newest adventure in Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters series, featuring a retelling of Rapunzel's not-so-happily-ever-after ending.

©2015 Mercedes Lackey (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Erzebet
  • Kenosha, Wi, United States
  • 11-12-15

Good but Still Not Great

Though the switch to Germany and it's plethora of tales has helped restore the faith in this series I lost when Steadfast came out, there's still something missing. The story is entertaining and the characters are interesting, but the flow is almost too smooth. When the final conflict came it was somewhat predictable, and the only "surprise" at the end was actually rather underwhelming.

Overall, it's worth reading as part of the series. But it's not going to be the book that makes your week, or the one that keeps you awake at night to see how the chapter ends. if you like the series then it's an enjoyable listen to pass the time. Otherwise all that can be said about it is that it's an interesting adaptation of Rapunzel, as well as an interesting look into certain aspects of German culture that aren't often discussed.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Favorite in the Elemental masters series

What did you love best about From a High Tower?

From a High Tower isn't an obvious love story. I very much liked the independent, though somewhat unsure, protagonist. Also the old time wild west traveling show was a great addition.

What other book might you compare From a High Tower to and why?

hard to say, it's Rapunzel meets an old west dime novel

Have you listened to any of Jennifer Van Dyck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Storm Born: Dark Swan, but I much preferred this story. Jennifer Van Dyck is a wonderful voice actress either way

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the end scene of Giselle chasing Rosa around in mock anger

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Thoroughly enjoyable

This is a road trip story, so it progresses in a rambling sort of way, with a lot of day to day detail and entertaining episodes. There's a bit of more focused plot at the end, for a satisfying finish, but mainly, it's a road trip.

Jennifer Van Duck does a good job with all the many voices and accents.

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twists and turns.

It was excellent. everytime my mind thought it would go one way, it went differently.

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  • 06-15-15

Always up for Mercedes Lackey books

I have been a fan of the Elemental Series since I started reading them and haven't missed one yet. No great words of wisdom from me, just a general like of this book. Performance was good, story was enjoyable, a twist on the Rapunzel theme, and basically recommended for anyone who likes light reading.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining Story

Great story. Narration was good except for mispronunciation of most of the German words. That was distracting.

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Good new entry

If you liked the recent elemental masters book about Rosamund, you'll enjoy this one too, though she isn't as much the star. It's decently written, pretty entertaining, and one of my favourites in this series.

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Love

I really love this series, this one was especially fun! Great narration as well as a solid story.

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The narrator killed it

Oh the narrators main voice is fantastic. She cannot switch voices to save her life. I am sure If I read this story myself I'd give it better reviews. I at least enjoyed the story enough to slog through till the end.

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  • 08-03-17

Mercedes Lackey thru and thru!!

I love all of Mercedes Lackey's books. She's an awesome writer! From a High Tower is book 10 in the Elemental Masters series which if you've been following it you will know is one of her more creative series. It's roughly structured around the story of Rapunzel but has the "Lackey touch" added and swirled thru out it making it a whole different story. As I said at the beginning I love and adore Mercedes Lackey books and I firmly believe if you read a few you will too! Enjoy and happy reading! 😉