The Tower of Fools

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Depending on how you feel about historical fiction and fantasy weaved together will determine your ultimate enjoyment of this book. This is the most recent translation of a work by Andrezej Sapkowski after the success of The Witcher series on Netflix, now other works of his are being translated into English to take advantage of that fact. The novel takes place in 1425 during the Hussite Wars raging across eastern Europe, and often not mentioned in western European history textbooks, so many people might not be familiar with the area. While there are elements of fantasy such as the use of magic, this is largely a historical fiction novel and trying to find the mythical Tower of Fools, which when used in its original context was where people with mental illness were locked up during that era. Reinmar of Bielawa, a young man who is often distracted by his passion for the ladies, especially married ladies, must leave his home after a poorly timed indiscretion. While on the road he finds his way to the Tower of Fools, as mystical forces begin to gather that will lead to war. I am generally not a fan of historical fiction/fantasy novels, though this one does have its fair share of blood and sex.

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Author Andrzej Sapkowski
Star Count /5
Format Trade
Page Count 549 pages
Publisher Orbit
Publish Date 2020-Oct-27
ISBN 9780316423694 Buy this Book
Issue December 2020
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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