The Drowned Tower (Heartstone) by Nicholas Rinth

The Drowned Tower (Heartstone)

by Nicholas Rinth

My Rating: 4 / 5  StarStarStarStar

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy novel. Rinth even threw in a bit of mystery and some adventure.

“If the future was bared before you, would it still be yours? If the past could chase you, would you run from it? If the world crumbled tonight, would you carve your own?”

Freedom is out of the question for practitioners of the Institute, and any supporters otherwise are dealt with violently. A system Sylvie Sirx neither refutes, nor endorses—born from an enviable family, talented in her skills, and entirely too content with her position, her path has always been a straight one… until now.

Her qualifications backfire when an elder from the north descends upon her home for a Choosing. He calls upon the Drowned Tower’s most sought after practitioners for a simple job that ends in blood, and then Sylvie’s blissful world erupts. She finds herself in the company of the Elementalist, Jacques Dace, an insufferable but deadly enthusiast of personal reform. Together, they’re swept into a spiral of powerful magic and ancient grudges. Where truth bends, stones whisper secrets of the past, and their home lies at the heart of what could very well be Ferus Terria’s next recorded war.

And for once, she is forced to choose a side, learning for herself what it means to master fate.


I enjoyed this book. It was descriptive and intriguing. It took me a while to get into it but the characters were interesting and I wanted to know where this story was going to go. The ending however, surprised me and made me excited for the sequel and continuation of Sylvie’s adventure.

One thing that really stuck out to me was when a character experienced the death of a loved one. The way the author described the emotions and thoughts was accurate and really well written. There was even a quote that stuck with me – “pain defies time”.  At some points this book did creep me out momentarily reanimating my fear of the dark. Nicholas Rinth let the innocent, the good and the undeserving die without shielding the brutalities of death from the reader.

The main character Sylvie is strong, powerful and witty. I enjoyed getting to know her character and if there is one thing that I can say to persuade you to read this book, read it because of the funny banter between Sylvie and Jack.

I was given a copy of this book to read by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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