Alistair Click set out to lay to rest the superstitious fears about the Mad Prince’s clockwork tower. If that meant he might bring the ghost city of Avalonia back to economic life, connecting the western kingdoms once again, so much the better. So what if no adventurer who’d entered the tower in the last century of desolation had ever re-emerged? They didn’t have his skill and wit. He could do better.
The tower turns out to be far more than Alistair expected, however. Not only are there clockwork puzzles to open every door, but one of them drops a boy from a strange world into his lap–figuratively speaking, if only just. Marco Murphy was just gaming in his New Jersey apartment, and now he’s stuck in what feels like a never ending LARP nightmare.
The deeper they delve into the Mad Prince’s tower, the darker the secrets they uncover. They’re not entirely sure they’ll ever be able to get out again, either. It’ll take all Marco’s charm and Alistair’s cleverness, plus the strange bond growing between them, to get them out together… and alive.
This book confused me too much to enjoy. I have to be honest, after reading the blurb again I’m not sure why I picked it? I probably thought it was a turn of century or older fantasy. But it’s more of a Hodgepodge of modern with a steam punk feel?
Alistair lives in a world filled with clocks, and he has set on a quest to the Mad’s Princes Tower.
Marco, happy in his own home is pulled into Alistair’s by a wrong move that turns out to be the right one.
As they both try and find a way out of the tower, we find out about both men. One gay, one asexual.
I seem to be running into a lot of books on asexual people lately. And I find it fascinating the different way these authors have those characters talking about themselves, what there bounders are, what they are willing to do sexually, and how the sexually active character reacted to that.
With this one, Marco and Alistair have more than the sexual hurdle to get over and watching them navigate over it while trying to escape the tower was entertaining if not confusing.
Happy for the out come.