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They say only fools enter the tower… All Max wants is to become a climber and search for his long lost sister. But citizens aren’t allowed to climb, they aren’t even allowed remotely in the vicinity of the mysterious and magical tower. Plus, even if citizens could enter, it didn’t change the fact that Max’s body is paralyzed from the waist down, confined to a wheelchair. No They say only fools enter the tower… All Max wants is to become a climber and search for his long lost sister. But citizens aren’t allowed to climb, they aren’t even allowed remotely in the vicinity of the mysterious and magical tower. Plus, even if citizens could enter, it didn’t change the fact that Max’s body is paralyzed from the waist down, confined to a wheelchair. No way would anyone let him enter the tower. Ever. Yet one night everything changes and Max’s world is thrown upside down. He suddenly gains an ultra rare ability and the chance to train and climb the tower. But being a climber isn’t as easy as it sounds. Each floor of the tower contains vast worlds and deadly magical monsters. While Max may want to ascend to the top of the tower, there are plenty of others who want to as well, many who won’t blink an eye at removing anyone who stands in their way…


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They say only fools enter the tower… All Max wants is to become a climber and search for his long lost sister. But citizens aren’t allowed to climb, they aren’t even allowed remotely in the vicinity of the mysterious and magical tower. Plus, even if citizens could enter, it didn’t change the fact that Max’s body is paralyzed from the waist down, confined to a wheelchair. No They say only fools enter the tower… All Max wants is to become a climber and search for his long lost sister. But citizens aren’t allowed to climb, they aren’t even allowed remotely in the vicinity of the mysterious and magical tower. Plus, even if citizens could enter, it didn’t change the fact that Max’s body is paralyzed from the waist down, confined to a wheelchair. No way would anyone let him enter the tower. Ever. Yet one night everything changes and Max’s world is thrown upside down. He suddenly gains an ultra rare ability and the chance to train and climb the tower. But being a climber isn’t as easy as it sounds. Each floor of the tower contains vast worlds and deadly magical monsters. While Max may want to ascend to the top of the tower, there are plenty of others who want to as well, many who won’t blink an eye at removing anyone who stands in their way…

30 review for Tower Climber

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steve Naylor

    Rating 2.5 stars The biggest problem that I had with this book is that it was too simple. The premise was interesting but the execution was not. It had a lot of familiar tropes and a lot of the standard plot lines but they weren't written very well. The story follows Max, a boy in a wheelchair. He gets bullied. That is pretty standard, except that he constantly gets his ass kicked, everyone sees it happen and nobody does anything. He is an orphan and doesn't have any money so I have to ask "Why Rating 2.5 stars The biggest problem that I had with this book is that it was too simple. The premise was interesting but the execution was not. It had a lot of familiar tropes and a lot of the standard plot lines but they weren't written very well. The story follows Max, a boy in a wheelchair. He gets bullied. That is pretty standard, except that he constantly gets his ass kicked, everyone sees it happen and nobody does anything. He is an orphan and doesn't have any money so I have to ask "Why is he being bullied?" That is a question I asked myself a lot in this book. Why? Who beats up a kid in a wheelchair? Something happens and Max is left for dead during a monster horde event and ends up finding that has a unique trait and might be able to climb the tower and find his sister (view spoiler)[ Max has to join a training program to become a Tower climber. The training program consisted of him doing whatever he wanted and then being tested. I am not kidding, there was no actual instruction given. His training consisted of him doing more pushups, sit-ups and running. That's it. Someone also sent an assassin after Max twice in the story. Again I had to ask myself "why?" Nobody knows who he is, how could he possibly be a problem for someone's plans. Nothing happened after the assassination attempt either. It was no big deal? The rankings were supposed to be a big deal but Max killed tons of people and monsters even at his low rank. (hide spoiler)] There were so many problems with the story that I had a hard time finishing it. I skipped a lot of internal monologuing and exposition in the last 1/2 of the book. This was a bittersweet moment too as this is the 1000th book I posted on Goodreads. I was hoping for a better book to commemorate this moment, alas it was not to be.

  2. 4 out of 5

    kartik narayanan

    Watch the review on Youtube Listen to it on this podcast Read the full review at my blog tl;dr: Tower Climber is an entertaining Young Adult LitRPG with satisfying world-building. 'Tower Climber' is set sometime in the latter half of the 21st century. A mysterious tower appeared about 40 years ago in the USA. The Tower and its immediate environments are separate from the rest of the world. This independent city-state has its own President, police and other civic agencies. The city-state focuses on Watch the review on Youtube Listen to it on this podcast Read the full review at my blog tl;dr: Tower Climber is an entertaining Young Adult LitRPG with satisfying world-building. 'Tower Climber' is set sometime in the latter half of the 21st century. A mysterious tower appeared about 40 years ago in the USA. The Tower and its immediate environments are separate from the rest of the world. This independent city-state has its own President, police and other civic agencies. The city-state focuses on "Tower Climbers" - i.e. gifted people who traverse the tower floor by floor and have magic at their disposal. The story begins with Max, our teenage protagonist, bullied in his school. He is orphaned and has lost the use of his legs in an accident in his childhood. His sister has somehow been lost in the Tower for years, and he is single-minded in his purpose to find out her fate. He is abducted and left to die within the tower city. He not only survives but also discovers that he has a unique talent. The story focuses on his time in the Tower Academy, his growing knowledge of what the Tower is and his growth as an aspiring tower climber and as a person. (The full review is available at my blog) Watch the review on Youtube Listen to it on this podcast Read the full review at my blog

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vroom

    Rating this two star ("It was okay"). A middle school adventure story although the characters are nominally high school age. The writing was okay but the plotting was weak and the characters were awful. All the villains are evil because they're sadists, without a hint of real motivation. The author indulges in victimization porn so the MC at the start of the story is not only paraplegic, but is forced to do manual labor like scrubbing shower floors because that's how nasty the head of the orphan Rating this two star ("It was okay"). A middle school adventure story although the characters are nominally high school age. The writing was okay but the plotting was weak and the characters were awful. All the villains are evil because they're sadists, without a hint of real motivation. The author indulges in victimization porn so the MC at the start of the story is not only paraplegic, but is forced to do manual labor like scrubbing shower floors because that's how nasty the head of the orphanage is. Then magically he can walk and fight despite years where his muscles would have atrophied. There are hints throughout the book that the author has more potential than this book suggests, although since this is by far not his first book, perhaps that growth is not being explored. I liked the short character backflashes and the tower itself (little of it is actually explored). The magical "academy" consists of nothing but a few pointlessly mean meetings combined with "now go train yourself" for weeks or months, after which are trials by combat, where the audience isn't even human enough to invest itself emotionally into the participants to care if one is a sadistic fiend. So...what you get here is potential. Yes, most of that is potential wasted. If the ages were adjusted and some of the cruelty rolled back, it could be a successful 5th grade reader. That's not what the author clearly was aiming for (mainstream litrpg adults) and the book is jarring as a result.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John-Torleif Harris

    This was everything that I expect in a LitRPG book! I loved that even when Max had no hope, he still refused to give up. I found it interesting how his moral compass took a couple of wild swings as he settled into his place in the tower-side world. I also loved this idea of the source of the tower. It was unique and such a fascinating conundrum. Does the tower have some kind of guidance - was it's appearance on Earth a matter of chance, or was it put there to destroy? I am excited to see where thi This was everything that I expect in a LitRPG book! I loved that even when Max had no hope, he still refused to give up. I found it interesting how his moral compass took a couple of wild swings as he settled into his place in the tower-side world. I also loved this idea of the source of the tower. It was unique and such a fascinating conundrum. Does the tower have some kind of guidance - was it's appearance on Earth a matter of chance, or was it put there to destroy? I am excited to see where this goes. As Sakura works to rebuild the city, Max will be searching for his sister, and we're sure to see the upper levels get involved with all of that. It will be interesting to see Max grow in his abilities, and see if he will continue to be underestimated by his enemies even if/when they know what his talent is. And as he levels up, what new aspects of his talent will he develop? I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kurn

    I'll keep this short, the villains are cartoonish and imbecilic, the characters are shallow and inconsistent ( a character risks prison time for someone they meet twice) and the entire story is bare bones at best. The only good thing is the world but its underutilized and a little irrelevant because of it. I was drawn in because of the art and premise of the story and was completely disappointed by the latter. I'll keep this short, the villains are cartoonish and imbecilic, the characters are shallow and inconsistent ( a character risks prison time for someone they meet twice) and the entire story is bare bones at best. The only good thing is the world but its underutilized and a little irrelevant because of it. I was drawn in because of the art and premise of the story and was completely disappointed by the latter.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Johnny

    Book one Mistakes: The book is well edited, but there are serious plot holes in this story. If you are laying on the ground unable to use your legs you will be unable to reach high enough to punch anything hard enough to send it flying, maybe break it's leg due to magical force. Plot: I found it a bit silly. A kid with a powerful ability thinks he is paralyzed from about the waist down, but it's really just a curse. He is dumped inside the tower zone by the evil headmaster of the orphanage who is a Book one Mistakes: The book is well edited, but there are serious plot holes in this story. If you are laying on the ground unable to use your legs you will be unable to reach high enough to punch anything hard enough to send it flying, maybe break it's leg due to magical force. Plot: I found it a bit silly. A kid with a powerful ability thinks he is paralyzed from about the waist down, but it's really just a curse. He is dumped inside the tower zone by the evil headmaster of the orphanage who is abusive and a pedophile because out hero is noisy. Characters: Everyone monologues to much. The MC does this when he goes to rescue his best friend and again when he fights an assassin. This book has a lot of problems like those listed above. Others might find the story enjoyable, I found it simplistic and silly. 3/10

  7. 5 out of 5

    William Howe

    Forced narrative So it starts off pretty good seems to be developing character although it is a little dark. I mean, having a kid beat up another kid who’s in a wheelchair at school and no one does anything to stop it not even the teachers is a little edgy. But the characters and the motivation, everything runs pretty consistent. Then things change. Just because one character knows something does not mean that another character also knows that thing. There has to be support for things that happen Forced narrative So it starts off pretty good seems to be developing character although it is a little dark. I mean, having a kid beat up another kid who’s in a wheelchair at school and no one does anything to stop it not even the teachers is a little edgy. But the characters and the motivation, everything runs pretty consistent. Then things change. Just because one character knows something does not mean that another character also knows that thing. There has to be support for things that happen in the text. If a character is going to a bedroom to sleep and he wakes up on the couch there needs to be something in the text that tells you why he was not in the bedroom. That is a minor example but it happens repeatedly. Then it just gets awful. A grown man taunts a teenager, because... and the MC somehow knows the different badge ranks, even though he’s never been taught any of the lore. Why would the ‘test’ be to fight a monster if there are so many other things people can do? I’m only 15% in and it’s barely readable. Every element is forced into the story and made to ‘fit’. I will try to continue, but save your time and money for better novels.

  8. 4 out of 5

    GaiusPrimus

    Knowing Jakob Tanner from his other series, I was expecting something pretty epic. I'm glad I wasn't disappointed. It's a great concept, a great story and the surprises!!! Get it! Knowing Jakob Tanner from his other series, I was expecting something pretty epic. I'm glad I wasn't disappointed. It's a great concept, a great story and the surprises!!! Get it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Wendriel

    This is one of the worst books that I have ever managed to make it to the end of. That I did finish it at all is down to my love of the litRPG genre and sheer stubbornness, with a dash of sunk cost fallacy when the book's quality really took a nose dive around 60%. There are good ideas here, but the writing is so incompetent on so many basic levels that I sincerely wonder whether the author is fluent in English. There are many instances of missing or inaccurate punctation, to/two/too confusion, This is one of the worst books that I have ever managed to make it to the end of. That I did finish it at all is down to my love of the litRPG genre and sheer stubbornness, with a dash of sunk cost fallacy when the book's quality really took a nose dive around 60%. There are good ideas here, but the writing is so incompetent on so many basic levels that I sincerely wonder whether the author is fluent in English. There are many instances of missing or inaccurate punctation, to/two/too confusion, and other misspellings ("waved" when the author meant "waived", for instance). If this novel was ever subjected to any sort of editing process, it was thoroughly ineffective. Given the above, it's no surprise that the characters are one-dimensional cardboard cutouts. Max is the boring invincible hero to whom nothing bad ever happens (unless it's ultimately going to make him twice as strong) and who always saves the day thanks to the perfect conflux of circumstances. Casey is a cross between Hermione and a manic pixie dream girl (she's even this world's version of a "Mudblood"). Sakura is a badass veteran with a chip on her shoulder and a squeeing love of romance novels and ramen. All of the villains are sadistic, cackling fountains of "behold my evil plan" monologues. One quite important secondary character doesn't even get a name, being referred to for nearly 30% of the novel as "the climber president". While the litRPG elements are the best part of the book by far, they're not anything to write home about. I felt that the author was making things up as he went along a lot of the time, especially when it came to certain powers, as well as the rankings and how they relate to power levels (basically, who beats whom). It seemed particularly redundant and confusing to have two ranking systems, one going from E to S and the other from copper to diamond. Also, there are way too many scenes that are simply information dumps for the system, which would have derailed any flow that the story might have managed to build up, and yet the novel still manages to have important elements, like the existence of (de)buffers, just pop out of nowhere when they become necessary. Quite simply, this book is not fit for professional publication. There are bits of it that might be developed into something fascinating, but in its current form, it is not worth a moment of your time or a cent of your money.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    From the author of Arcane Kingdom Online, a LitRPG series which I had really enjoyed, comes this first book in a new series of the same genre, it is a coming of age book about a very charismatic character who is an orphan, disabled and being bullied both at school and in the orphan's home. Max Rainhart dreams of becoming a climber and looking for his sister Elle, however he lives in the outer zone and didn't know how he could ever do this as citizens without power were not allowed to enter the t From the author of Arcane Kingdom Online, a LitRPG series which I had really enjoyed, comes this first book in a new series of the same genre, it is a coming of age book about a very charismatic character who is an orphan, disabled and being bullied both at school and in the orphan's home. Max Rainhart dreams of becoming a climber and looking for his sister Elle, however he lives in the outer zone and didn't know how he could ever do this as citizens without power were not allowed to enter the tower zone. However, things happened and he found himself in the tower zone being attacked by a minotaur. Suddenly a woman comes to his aid and she in turn becomes his mentor and friend. He develops a unique trait and skills which make him Kokoro, the warrior spirit but best of all he is able to walk! However the competition to become a climber is full blown and their is a lot of anger and hatred amongst the students. Max knows he intends becoming a climber and he wants to climb to the top and find his sister, and he would do whatever it takes. I love the continuous fast moving, action-packed story whereby we see a total change take place in Max, who develops through sheer hard work and effort from a puny weakling to a strong athletic young climber. Courageous and never one to back down particularly when protecting those he cared for. I love the whole story line and imagery of the tower zone, it's climbers with their different abilities, it's monsters as well as the fight as usual between the forces of good and evil. I really look forward to book 2 especially as book 1 left us with such an ending!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Reads like bad anime fanfiction Very disappointed. This book started off really well, the overall idea and I'll say most of the plot kept me interested until approximately the 50% mark. However things aren't amazing up to that point by far, and steadily devolved as I kept reading; from the one dimensional support characters (some of whom remain unnamed for the entire book, which caused its own issue of referring to them by title repeatedly) to paper thin antagonist motivation, plot holes, pacing, Reads like bad anime fanfiction Very disappointed. This book started off really well, the overall idea and I'll say most of the plot kept me interested until approximately the 50% mark. However things aren't amazing up to that point by far, and steadily devolved as I kept reading; from the one dimensional support characters (some of whom remain unnamed for the entire book, which caused its own issue of referring to them by title repeatedly) to paper thin antagonist motivation, plot holes, pacing, repetition, villain monologues... the list goes on. There's a specific point where the protagonist decides that killing and not looking back is the way forward and the suspension of disbelief was impossible for me. Here is this 16 year old, bit of resentment and anger issues from early life sure, but for the most part a good guy with a goal. Then he just decides to be "anyone against me I'll take them out" (not literally stated like that but thats how he behaves) while also sticking the lovable geek fascinated by the super powered people. There's no real thought from the character, no follow up, no guilt, no acknowledgement that he feels no guilt. You're just expected to go with this huge turn with very little run up or fanfare. And things carry on as normal after that. Oh and the sound effects. Immersion breaking to the extreme like 80s era Batman. I had to skim read the last 15%-18% which is mostly combat because the sound effects, monologues and bad dialogue got soo bad, but barely missed any details. I'm glad I finished it, I really hope the writing and character development/investment improves as the ideas are good. It was just tough to get through.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Troy Neenan

    Tower climber Written by Jacob Tanner It started off so good. It is rare for me to feel something from a book. The book starts with the main character being beaten up by a bully. This is a tricky start because the writer needs to make the MC believably pathetic and the reader needs to immediately sympathise with one character and absolutely hate another. To do this in the first few pages tells me the writer has talent. They had me hooked, I was ready to buy the entire series right from the start. My Tower climber Written by Jacob Tanner It started off so good. It is rare for me to feel something from a book. The book starts with the main character being beaten up by a bully. This is a tricky start because the writer needs to make the MC believably pathetic and the reader needs to immediately sympathise with one character and absolutely hate another. To do this in the first few pages tells me the writer has talent. They had me hooked, I was ready to buy the entire series right from the start. My blood was pumping and I was willing to follow Max’s journey into the bowls of grim-dark hell. Unfortunately, I couldn’t finish the book. I got halfway through and wrote this while the audiobook was still fresh in my mind. After a couple of chapters the writer drops this serious and gritty tone and decides that this should be a Narato clone. This is a power fantasy book. There is no teenage angst, the bad guys come from the same cookie cutter mould. Even the way the characters interact with one another is unhinging. If you skipped a few pages you would swear the characters had know each other for years instead of only a few minutes. Sakura and Max’s relationship is especially nonsensical. It goes from total strangers to a mum and son dynamic at the drop of a hat. If you’re into the first season of Narato, you might want to pick this book up. But for me, the final nail in the coffin is when  the hamster comes in out of nowhere. This is where I drew the line.    

  13. 5 out of 5

    Khana Santamaria

    It's really poorly written I gave it two stars because it is at least readable, has an actual plot, and has characters. If it were explicitly marketed at youth, then I'd also give it a thumbs up. However, this story is shallow to a truly impressive degree. The characters are all caricatures. Bad guys are full of "bad guy traits." Cowardly, ableist, pedophile, "slimy," constantly sweating. Etc. Two major enemies are not mere psychopaths, no - they're the full on torture and murder for less than any It's really poorly written I gave it two stars because it is at least readable, has an actual plot, and has characters. If it were explicitly marketed at youth, then I'd also give it a thumbs up. However, this story is shallow to a truly impressive degree. The characters are all caricatures. Bad guys are full of "bad guy traits." Cowardly, ableist, pedophile, "slimy," constantly sweating. Etc. Two major enemies are not mere psychopaths, no - they're the full on torture and murder for less than any reason types. One literally randomly accosts a random character for no reason than he feels like torturing someone. Literally every character that's been introduced can be completely described by cliche and tropes. (I got about 70% through before quitting.) The world is as deep and sensible as the characters. Which is to say, it isn't. At all. The plot is pure self indulgent fantasy with no surrender to such concepts as logic, reason, or how humans actually work. For example (minor spoiler from first few pages of the book): the main character was handicapped, but no! It turns out his memories and such were wrong, he was never handicapped, but cursed! And in fact is actually, secretly, super duper special with extremely rare, fancy magic powers! (Traits, they're called here.) At least it's free on Kindle Reading library.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Twolf10

    The other low reviews have basically said it all. It starts as a fun and interesting...well, no it doesn't, it starts with overall abuse of the MC (who is in a wheelchair) by classmates, adults, and basically everyone. It really stretches the suspension of disbelief. But once he hits the tower zone it gets interesting for a while. But as others have said everything is just far too two dimensional. The academy instructor is only referred to as the academy instructor. The Climber President, who ha The other low reviews have basically said it all. It starts as a fun and interesting...well, no it doesn't, it starts with overall abuse of the MC (who is in a wheelchair) by classmates, adults, and basically everyone. It really stretches the suspension of disbelief. But once he hits the tower zone it gets interesting for a while. But as others have said everything is just far too two dimensional. The academy instructor is only referred to as the academy instructor. The Climber President, who has a very long fight scene towards the end of the book is only ever referred to as the Climber President. I think a name may have been used at some point in the book but I don't recall as it was rarely used. These are two semi-important characters and they only existed as titles. Max spent his life in a wheelchair until he was 16. Once he gets out of it it is rarely ever mentioned or thought of again. Barely any time is used to show him enjoying doing things he couldn't do before, like walk, run, whatever. It's just "Well, I was in a wheelchair, now I'm not. Cool" and then totally forgotten. All this said, I still had fun reading the first, oh let's say 60% of the book. But then things just got more and more two dimensional in service of getting to the climax the author was building to, which turned out to be very anticlimactic.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kaye

    ☄️☄️ONE FASCINATING JOURNEY☄️☄️ Smackdown! Jakob absolutely nailed this incredibly spun debacle, revving up the exuberance and thrill, blazing this jewel together piece by piece. A churning edy chocked-full of taxing trials and exhilarating triumphs traversing the dramatic twists and intricate turns, broken boundaries are amplified and expanded, baring the soaring ups and agonizing downs, wrapping this baby up sleek, shiny and tight. Sparks fly as drama, secrets, intrigue, escalating danger, spir ☄️☄️ONE FASCINATING JOURNEY☄️☄️ Smackdown! Jakob absolutely nailed this incredibly spun debacle, revving up the exuberance and thrill, blazing this jewel together piece by piece. A churning edy chocked-full of taxing trials and exhilarating triumphs traversing the dramatic twists and intricate turns, broken boundaries are amplified and expanded, baring the soaring ups and agonizing downs, wrapping this baby up sleek, shiny and tight. Sparks fly as drama, secrets, intrigue, escalating danger, spiraling suspense and intense situations ensue in epic proportions, launching this jewel to life flawlessly. The characters are authentic, original and realistic with relatable qualities and individual traits, blend and flow adding depth and diversity, transforming into outstanding personalities. The scenes are abundantly descriptive with colorful details that blend and flow, creating a majestic backdrop that's so rich and lively it feels as though you were transported to ground zero with them. Fantastic job Jakob, thanks for sharing this little gem with us.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    I'm thinking we might need to make a new category for LitRPG called tower lit or something similar. This story is very similar to Tower of Power, or Irrelevant Jack, or any number of others, only it's not really obvious until near the end that something is rather unique about this story. I won't spoil it here, but I'd have to say that for the most part, it makes this story unique in the tower climbing genre. (There is another book I can't remember the name of at the moment, where it's similar), I'm thinking we might need to make a new category for LitRPG called tower lit or something similar. This story is very similar to Tower of Power, or Irrelevant Jack, or any number of others, only it's not really obvious until near the end that something is rather unique about this story. I won't spoil it here, but I'd have to say that for the most part, it makes this story unique in the tower climbing genre. (There is another book I can't remember the name of at the moment, where it's similar), but mostly, the way this one is layed out isn't typical of your tower climbing books. So, with that said, the story is a decent one, and I like the way the different floors present new challenges as they should, though I'm a bit disgruntled at the senseless violence perpetrated by some in the story. Toning that down a bit wouldn't hurt the story any, though it certainly makes it clear who isn't on the side of the main character. Still, that minor irritant aside, I liked the story, and will likely read more in the series, since I generally tend to like the tower climbing type books.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michael Bailey

    Do not pay for this! Wow when I read the reviews about how awful this was... It lives up to that expectation. Awful. Those rating this 5 stars must have never read a book before! Aside from this being a total rip off of other people’s work and ideas for which mass plagiarism comes to mind. The bare plot line is quite good. The problem is it is bare. This is more of a draft where none of the detail were ever added in. It felt like it was cooked up in a couple of days. The characters even the main Do not pay for this! Wow when I read the reviews about how awful this was... It lives up to that expectation. Awful. Those rating this 5 stars must have never read a book before! Aside from this being a total rip off of other people’s work and ideas for which mass plagiarism comes to mind. The bare plot line is quite good. The problem is it is bare. This is more of a draft where none of the detail were ever added in. It felt like it was cooked up in a couple of days. The characters even the main character make illogical out of character decisions. People go along with him defying common sense making what takes place unbelievable. I made it to 374 when the librarian gave up her future for someone she met twice. When you’re asking a reader to believe in magic and other worlds... everything else needs extra attention. I really hope this is some early work and where later on something original is created and executed better, as this is just bad. 2 stars for plot and execution, but down rated due to it being a rip of if better people’s work.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Rae

    Seriously? I couldn't get beyond the first chapter of this drivel for lack of trying. The abuses piled upon the MC, an orphan in a wheelchair, by fellow students and the director of the orphanage-to the extent of kidnapping with an intent to kill-when the setting is supposed to be some point in the near future of the USA? Nope, that just pushes the believability too far out there to accept as plausible. The best stories are always going to be those with at least the hope of being likely. And this Seriously? I couldn't get beyond the first chapter of this drivel for lack of trying. The abuses piled upon the MC, an orphan in a wheelchair, by fellow students and the director of the orphanage-to the extent of kidnapping with an intent to kill-when the setting is supposed to be some point in the near future of the USA? Nope, that just pushes the believability too far out there to accept as plausible. The best stories are always going to be those with at least the hope of being likely. And this one shoves the concept of verisimilitude onto a school hallway devoid of teachers and students only moments after class, beats it up only to steal it's meager wealth, subjects it to a drunken sexual predator in charge of children only to be kidnapped and dumped in an highly dangerous area . . . all within the first 5 pages . . . get real. Do better.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jonathon W Bowyer

    2-dimensional characters hold it all back What could have been a passably interesting setting is completely ruined by the 2 dimensional characters that litter this book. The protagonist is an uninteresting gary-stu with an incredibly trope-y background, and less substance than cotton candy. Every other character is a a cardboard cutout of some anime stereotype, and the villains are so psychopathically evil that it just becomes eye-rolling cringe. Unfortunately the magic system and how it works is 2-dimensional characters hold it all back What could have been a passably interesting setting is completely ruined by the 2 dimensional characters that litter this book. The protagonist is an uninteresting gary-stu with an incredibly trope-y background, and less substance than cotton candy. Every other character is a a cardboard cutout of some anime stereotype, and the villains are so psychopathically evil that it just becomes eye-rolling cringe. Unfortunately the magic system and how it works is so disjointed, that it offers very little to the fiction. And its combats uses were often very uninspired. I found the book's setting and its twist to at least be passably interesting, but sadly that was the only thing this book had going for it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Graff

    Tower climbing at its finest! Another great book by an awesome writer! I loved this book so much. I find tower climbing books to be one of my favorite subgenres and this one was so good. Loved the concept and the powers and rankings. great chemistry from the characters and good character development. they all have their own little quirks you love and get frustrated with so they aren't this perfect idolized person. The only sad thing is that it's over with now and I have to wait for the next one. Tower climbing at its finest! Another great book by an awesome writer! I loved this book so much. I find tower climbing books to be one of my favorite subgenres and this one was so good. Loved the concept and the powers and rankings. great chemistry from the characters and good character development. they all have their own little quirks you love and get frustrated with so they aren't this perfect idolized person. The only sad thing is that it's over with now and I have to wait for the next one. I had a hard time putting this one down to do important things like eat and go to sleep. Hopefully you're crazy fast at writing and already have 4 more of these books written ;)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    It’s alright - Not great but not bad The whole thing reads like a YA book. For a novel about climbing a tower very little of it takes place outside of the starting city which is disappointing, climbing seems like an afterthought in this one. The main villain is predictable and very bad at being the protagonist. Add to that a very loose explanation of the magic system and a protagonist who suddenly becomes able to hit above his weight class made this story kind of mediocre for me. If you don’t car It’s alright - Not great but not bad The whole thing reads like a YA book. For a novel about climbing a tower very little of it takes place outside of the starting city which is disappointing, climbing seems like an afterthought in this one. The main villain is predictable and very bad at being the protagonist. Add to that a very loose explanation of the magic system and a protagonist who suddenly becomes able to hit above his weight class made this story kind of mediocre for me. If you don’t care about plot holes or having little to know explanation about the magic then by all means read this one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Wolkenfels

    Classical Tower climbing litRPG. some things were a bit too random (like meeting Seth on his visit of the outer world). Also have to question why you have 10 Level and needs to name them on a weird scala Unranked, E,E,D,D,C,C,B,A,S ?- just name them level 1 to level 10. But if you like litRPG you have stats, there is an interesting skill/trait system. Our MC comes from nothing to having a unique trait and find friends and foes on his way to be a tower climber. Only the aspect of loot is highly un Classical Tower climbing litRPG. some things were a bit too random (like meeting Seth on his visit of the outer world). Also have to question why you have 10 Level and needs to name them on a weird scala Unranked, E,E,D,D,C,C,B,A,S ?- just name them level 1 to level 10. But if you like litRPG you have stats, there is an interesting skill/trait system. Our MC comes from nothing to having a unique trait and find friends and foes on his way to be a tower climber. Only the aspect of loot is highly underrated. (view spoiler)[also would have expected him to get some bounty for getting rid of the rogue climbers in the shadow cave. (hide spoiler)]

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I've read a number of the author's previous works. RPG lit is an interesting genre that has really grown on me mostly due to this author. At the beginning of this book I was curious when the RPG portion of the story was coming what I didn't realize was how the genre could be interpreted in to the form this book takes. Jakob Tanner's characters are extremely likeable and have a ring of someone who has spent a lot of time developing intricate, I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I've read a number of the author's previous works. RPG lit is an interesting genre that has really grown on me mostly due to this author. At the beginning of this book I was curious when the RPG portion of the story was coming what I didn't realize was how the genre could be interpreted in to the form this book takes. Jakob Tanner's characters are extremely likeable and have a ring of someone who has spent a lot of time developing intricate, yet believeable, back stories for his RPG characters. In this new series I can already see the high adventure I've come to expect from his books. I look forward to reading more in this series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    R. Scott VanKirk

    Truly terrible I love litrpg. I love wuxia. I love tower climbing books and I'll be the first to admit that I hold writers of these genre to a much lower literary standard than other forms of fiction, but this book is the worst I have read. This b ook is poorly written the characters are two-dimensional and flats. The dialog is stilted, awkward, and painful. The plot is trite and unoriginal. I waded through half the book, liberally skimming and finally gave up. It seems that many authors have a bo Truly terrible I love litrpg. I love wuxia. I love tower climbing books and I'll be the first to admit that I hold writers of these genre to a much lower literary standard than other forms of fiction, but this book is the worst I have read. This b ook is poorly written the characters are two-dimensional and flats. The dialog is stilted, awkward, and painful. The plot is trite and unoriginal. I waded through half the book, liberally skimming and finally gave up. It seems that many authors have a book in their past that is embarrassingly awful but still honed their writing skills.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Felton

    I received this book Tower Climber by Jakob Tanner in exchange for an honest review! I enjoyed this book very much! It was different. The main character Max is no stranger to being bullied and that doesn't change. As a citizen Max always wanted to climb the mysterious tower and find his sister but the obstacles he has to overcome is the fact he is stuck in a wheelchair and an orphan added to those it is illegal to enter the tower from the outer rim! His circumstances change when he defends a you I received this book Tower Climber by Jakob Tanner in exchange for an honest review! I enjoyed this book very much! It was different. The main character Max is no stranger to being bullied and that doesn't change. As a citizen Max always wanted to climb the mysterious tower and find his sister but the obstacles he has to overcome is the fact he is stuck in a wheelchair and an orphan added to those it is illegal to enter the tower from the outer rim! His circumstances change when he defends a younger girl and he wakes up in the tower region and the adventure begins! The story gets better and I am waiting for the next installment!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Clinton Stanturf

    The story in large is both interesting and unique and overall is flowing and not too out there, however and to my disappointment the ending to this book was very bland the opposite of the rest of the book a lot of it really did not make any sense and was full of plot holes I mean come on people were told to watch the main baddy and come on some one should have seen somthing ugh. Likewise, it seemed like the character took stupid pills and the rules of the powers seemed to change the last part of The story in large is both interesting and unique and overall is flowing and not too out there, however and to my disappointment the ending to this book was very bland the opposite of the rest of the book a lot of it really did not make any sense and was full of plot holes I mean come on people were told to watch the main baddy and come on some one should have seen somthing ugh. Likewise, it seemed like the character took stupid pills and the rules of the powers seemed to change the last part of the book felt disjointed and thrown in. All that being said it was a fun book in full but just disappointing is all.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Clay Dittman

    A good story, structure and premise...some problems Max is an interesting enough character, the supporting characters not so much. The city is unique enough. Most glaring problems I noticed: Name your characters and use their names. A recurring character shouldn't be called "the climber president" and only be referred to in that way 100+ times. Give the dude a name! More showing less cut away exposition to tell us things Your enemies don't need to be cruel psycho demons who tell you how much they lov A good story, structure and premise...some problems Max is an interesting enough character, the supporting characters not so much. The city is unique enough. Most glaring problems I noticed: Name your characters and use their names. A recurring character shouldn't be called "the climber president" and only be referred to in that way 100+ times. Give the dude a name! More showing less cut away exposition to tell us things Your enemies don't need to be cruel psycho demons who tell you how much they love killing and torturing for us to dislike them. Or if you want them to be that way be less blunt about it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lucas Grant

    Needs a lot of work This book is very poorly executed. It reads like a poorly translated light novel. Every scene is so shallow, and doesn't build any sort of tension or believable character development. Every detail seems just like what you would expect an outline of a chapter to look like without any substance behind it. Honestly I got half way through and couldn't bring myself to finish it, which I rarely ever do. I would strongly recommend to find a different book, but if you do read it I rea Needs a lot of work This book is very poorly executed. It reads like a poorly translated light novel. Every scene is so shallow, and doesn't build any sort of tension or believable character development. Every detail seems just like what you would expect an outline of a chapter to look like without any substance behind it. Honestly I got half way through and couldn't bring myself to finish it, which I rarely ever do. I would strongly recommend to find a different book, but if you do read it I really hope the author improved drastically for the second one in this series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sunmade Ejiwunmi

    Hmmm So I liked most of this book, the orphan MC that overcomes adversity and rises to the top. That was all fine. What I couldn't get over was the complete disregard for life especially children's lives. I mean tests were given where children were killed by their classmates and it was treated as normal! This abnormal behaviour was only slightly mitigated by the reveal about the state of the world near the end Hmmm So I liked most of this book, the orphan MC that overcomes adversity and rises to the top. That was all fine. What I couldn't get over was the complete disregard for life especially children's lives. I mean tests were given where children were killed by their classmates and it was treated as normal! This abnormal behaviour was only slightly mitigated by the reveal about the state of the world near the end

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Ciszek

    I'm eagerly awaiting the next floors of the Tower If you love Human Heros learning from the ground up, the dangers and the joys of a new, to him, world, then this is going to be a series you'll love. Nothing comes easy and villainy abounds, but every step is taken with pure guts and native ability. Who worked against him from the beginning of his life? What happened to his sister? All remain to be seen, and the journey has just begun. I'm eagerly awaiting the next floors of the Tower If you love Human Heros learning from the ground up, the dangers and the joys of a new, to him, world, then this is going to be a series you'll love. Nothing comes easy and villainy abounds, but every step is taken with pure guts and native ability. Who worked against him from the beginning of his life? What happened to his sister? All remain to be seen, and the journey has just begun.

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