Tower of Parlen Min by Matt Xell

Review: “Tower of Parlen Min” was full of potential, but sentence and paragraph structure were problematic for me. There is so much information and descriptions presented, I felt major streamlining of the characters, plot and ideas, or possible rearrangement would have made for easier understanding and reading. The main character Ves Asirin just didn’t engage my interest enough for me to want to really know who he was so I could empathize with him and root him on in his endeavors. We are given some of his backstory, but it’s not enough to justify or explain his response to some of the other characters, which over time made it hard for me to like him.

Tons of terrific and creative ideas were included, a very ambitious aim, yet especially since it looks to be a series, a cameo of some of them might have been included in this volume, then expanded upon in subsequent books. The author’s enthusiasm is unfailing however, as well as their eagerness to do their very best writing in the fantasy realm. I believe that will improve, and one of the best ways to do so is by reading good fantasy epics by authors having proved their characterization and plotting skills. As a plus addition, I thought the cover art was quite outstanding, and it immediately drew the eye and approval of my fourteen year old son.


Description: Ves Asirin wins a trip to the Tower of Parlen Min. There, with 19 other children, he competes in the Sword Challenge; a series of puzzles and tasks, for $12 million. As fantastic and glorious as the tower seems to be, Ves finds that it keeps a dark and secret history that he has been connected to for over 150 years, a secret that will define his destiny … if he can escape ‘The shadow’.

Published: July 23, 2010 by Matt Xell

ISBN: 001109608X (ISBN13: 2940011096082)
Source: Author
Genre: Youth adult, fantasy

The Tower of Parlen Min Virtual Book Tour 4450718 date: July 24, 2011 12:00AM
location: , Zambia
Description: This summer,I, Matt Xell, and the XLA invite you all to the 1st anniversary celebration of the The Narrow Escapes of Ves Asirin and the first installment in the series, Tower of Parlen Min with a massive Virtual Book Tour.

From the 24th of July to the 31st of October, follow the links provided on the Tower of Parlen Min Facebook page to:

+ Read the reviews of Tower of Parlen Min
+ Read the interviews and guestposts of Matt Xell
+ Watch the chapter commentaries
+ Take part in the live chat Q&A


Filed under Child/YA Fiction, Fantasy, Reviews

2 responses to “Tower of Parlen Min by Matt Xell

  1. I thought similar when reading. I felt like there was just too much information. Definitely 5 stars to the cover though!

    ComaCalm’s review of Tower of Parlen Min

    • I can really appreciate the author’s enthusiasm. It’s a tendency I have to be careful of in my own writing also, because sometimes I get so excited and wish to say everything all at once.

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