Tower Beyond Time
In the sequel to No Space in Time, The Unfathomable
manipulates the awakened Melgor Erdin in an effort to undo the damage
done to the omnicontinuum by his previous experiments. Transported from
world to world, Melgor Erdin follows the consequences of his actions
down the time-lines and loops of disparate worlds towards the end of
"For the Universe to end, yet the central characters to
survive, is perhaps, the ultimate cliff-hanger. It's also a scene, a
situation, filled with Sense of Wonder stretched to its effective
ultimate, an extreme of wish fulfilment.
Yet, right till we share with the novel's heroes their
vigil in the topmost chamber of a monstrously tall tower that somehow
stands outside time and space and watch with them that final fade
to black outside, this novel is a roller-coaster of Sense of Wonder.
Here are places where time plays every trick you can imagine, in one
static, in another running backwards, in a third casually leaping the
eras, society thrown from ripe maturity to decay far beyond decadence
in an instant, yet in another travelling two ways simultaneously at
right angles. The reader discovers a world where a monstrous sentient
green fog, reached at last by a mega-bridge from the ring planet that
surrounds it, turns itself to clones of all who have come to it. On
another, the elderly rule forever by manipulating a never ending
conspiracy of the young against them. On a third, a mighty wall
separates a gentle, civilised society of females from the harshly
tyrannical theocracy of a men-only state, these and other extraordinary
environments are made vividly real.
Into everywhere, chaotic time disruption erupts,
triggered by the figure of Melgor Erdin. He should not exist, but does.
Born of a being that split itself into two to bear a child, he has been
sealed in sleep for millennia in the Hall of the Transcender by the
rulers of all, in an attempt to defuse the catastrophic effects of
their mistake in allowing his birth. Yet those effects continue to
spread. In their desperation, these masters reawaken him, and send him
on mission after mission across time and space. In the perilous
journeyings that result he finds again a love lost to him across the
ages, and gathers a team of chaos-refugees as unimaginably diverse as
the worlds from which he saves them, to aid him in the desperate task
of restoring stability and order to all times, dimensions and spaces.
The varied band at last find a haven in the Transcender Hall, until
that illusory temporary safety also betrays them, and only one refuge
remains, the Tower that was Melgor Erdin's prison for so long.
This story, like its predecessor, No Space In Time, is a genuine
page-turner, plenty of action making full use of those Sense of Wonder
worldscapes; in hindsight, the characters may not have as many
dimensions as the universe whose manipulations they strive against, but
that doesn't hinder this being a real 'good read'. Although it's not
necessary, incidentally, to have read the first in the series to enjoy Tower Beyond Time, I would
recommend getting both (No Space In
Time is same price, same publisher): the adventures of Melgor
Erdin, once reawakened, gain added depth by knowing what led to his
aeons of enforced hibernation."
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