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Arm of the Sphinx

Books of Babel, Book 2
Narrated by: John Banks
Series: Books of Babel, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)

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Summary

Forced by necessity into a life of piracy, Senlin and his eclectic crew struggle to survive aboard their stolen airship. Senlin's search for his lost wife continues, even as her ghost haunts his every step. But the Tower of Babel proves to be as difficult to reenter as it was to escape.

In desperation, he turns to a rumoured legend of the tower, the mysterious and dangerous Sphinx. But help from the Sphinx does not come cheaply, and one of his crew already knows the terrible cost.

©2018 Josiah Bancroft (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Like its predecessor, it is a brilliant piece of work...these two books are genius. I just love them. The story, characters and imagination shine." (Mark Lawrence)

"Thomas Senlin is the most unlikely yet likeable hero since a certain hobbit rushed out of Bag End leaving his second breakfast half-finished and entirely unwashed-up." (Fantasy Faction)

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Entertaining and intelligent

Better than the first book. Much more compact in the story plots and character development. Wonderful. And by the way, the ending was unexpected and delicious, leading the reader on to the next chapter.

Looking forward to the third book.

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Fell off a cliff after the first book

I enjoyed the first book quite a lot but soon into the 2nd I got SO bored. All the thing I enjoyed from the first were gone (the progression of Senlin the main thing). I realised all the female characters were far too similar, essentially all spunky and misunderstood (all tomboys). I was left with a case of characters that I didn't particularly like, living out an idea that had long past legitimacy and they were continuing to make decisions I couldn't agree with.

It was a real slog to make it to the end of this one.

I have a slight inkling to know what happens but would much rather read a plot summary than endure another book.

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The epic adventure up the tower continues!

The book gets high marks for characters, plot, story, world building and pacing. It’s all set in a world full of steampunk technology where mysterious pseudo scientists manufacturer steam powered airships and chimera / cyborg like automatons integrated with humans and animals. The story and characters are similar to those in The Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve, except rather than the action moving from mobile city to city, it all happens around a tower that is as tall as Mount Everest and divided into 64 county / city sized floors / levels. If you liked The Mortal Engines series or the Abhorsen series by Garth Nyx (Sabriel, Lirael) then you will definitely like the three books of the Tower of Babel series. The narrator was pleasant to listen to but I did set the speed to 1.25x for a more enjoyable listen.

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much better than the first book

Although the first book was ok, with the ending of the previous encouraging me to continue into the second, this book is a vast improvement. Thoroughly enjoyable and can't wait for the third.

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As engaging as the first!

Loved it! New characters and a developing story line! Can’t wait for the next book.

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Read this book!

Best read of the year. Loved every second of it and the Narrator is phenomenal!

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Entertaining throughout, although the whole seems to amount to less than the sum of its parts. Bancroft's prose are gentle and plodding, despite the scale of the adventure. Character arcs are well -drawn, and there are rare flashes of brilliance in an otherwise rather pedestrian fantasy narrative.