"It's rare to find a modern book that feels like a timeless classic. I'm wildly in love with this book."
â€”Pierce Brown, author of Red Rising on Senlin Ascends
"The Hod King
is a compelling and original novel; the "Books of Babel" are something you hope to see perhaps once a decade - future classics, which may be remembered long after the series concludes."â€”Los Angeles Times
"Josiah Bancroft is a magician. His books are that rare alchemy: gracefully written, deliriously imaginative, action-packed, warm, witty, and thought-provoking. I can't wait for more."
â€”Madeline Miller, New York Times bestselling author of Circe
is one of the best reads I've had in ages . . . I was dragged in and didn't escape until I'd finished two or three days later."
â€”Mark Lawrence, author of Prince of Thorns on Senlin Ascends
"Deeply compelling . . . A classic in the making."
â€”B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
"Wonderfully unique and superbly well written. I loved every page."
â€”Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld on Senlin Ascends
"Senlin is a man worth rooting for, and his strengthening resolve and character is as marvelous and sprawling as the tower he climbs."
â€”The Washington Post on Senlin Ascends
"What is remarkable about this novel, quite apart from its rich, allusive prose, is Bancroft's portrayal of Senlin, a good man in a desperate situation, and the way he changes in response to his experiences in his ascent."
â€”The Guardian on Senlin Ascends
crosses the everyday strangeness and lyrical prose of Borges and Gogol with all the action and adventure of high fantasy. I loved it, and grabbed the next one as soon as I turned the last page."
â€”Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names on Senlin Ascends
"Senlin Ascends is an adventure rife with character, voice and beauty - a well-polished knife drawn out slowly."
â€”Sam Sykes on Senlin Ascends
"With deceptive simplicity Bancroft brings this gothic place and its denizens to a colourful life...I loved it!"
â€”Adrian Selby, author of Snakewood on Senlin Ascends
is a unique masterpiece. A brilliant debut. Highly recommended!"â€”Michael R. Fletcher, author of Beyond Redemption on Senlin Ascends
"This is fantasy storytelling of a high order."
â€”The Toronto Star on Senlin Ascends
"Brilliant debut fantasy . . . This novel goes off like a firework and suggests even greater things in the author's future."
â€”Publishers Weekly, starred review on Senlin Ascends
"Ticks along with the tight precision and artistry of a well-wound watch."
â€”Kirkus on Senlin Ascends
"This is an exceedingly rich book. A depth of imagination married with a poetic turn of phrase and an engaging cast of characters conspire to deliver an epic story soaring high above the clouds."
â€”Fantasy Faction on Senlin Ascends
"Like a blend of Kafka's The Castle
and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast
, Josiah Bancroft's ambitious first chapter in his The Books of Babel series is an impressive display of imagination and humor."â€”SciFiNow on Senlin Ascends