Thomas Senlin is the town teacher, an academic in a village of fishmongers, and he has lost his wife. For their honeymoon, he had brought her to the Tower of Babel--the renowned center of arts and culture--and lost her in the crowd of the marketplace. As it turns out, people disappear from the Tower all the time. Horrified by the prospect of returning home alone, and pessimistic that she will return on her own, Thomas journeys into the Tower himself, facing the rules and challenges that each level offers, and arriving at the realization that the Tower grinds away the wills of everyone inside for its own devious purposes, and somewhere inside, his wife is alone and lost. A simple story set inside a massive, evocative world, written by a local author.
Mia wants revenge on the senators who executed her father and imprisoned her mother. She was supposed to die, too, but thanks to her ability to control shadows, her shadow-cat familiar, and the training of an old, retired assassin, Mia has lived to her sixteenth year. She seeks out the Red Church, a cult of mystical assassins, and enrolls in their training program with a number of other acolytes, in the hopes of learning the skills she'll need to complete her revenge. Think HARRY POTTER with blood, sex, and poison, and not everyone survives to graduation day.
In order to free her eccentric father from prison, Lizbet embarks on a quest to cross the Montagnes du Monde and find the Margrave's mysterious lost book. She enlists the help of Strix, a girl made of rags and leaves who was created by the local witch, and together they face a cruel outlaw, escape from a goblin prison, gamble with witches, and speak to the devils who, apparently, have taken over Heaven.