Ghost in the Spires

Being an Old Wives' Tale

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
304 Pages
Reviewed on 02/24/2024
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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite

Alex and Jackie are in Prague, visiting friends and enjoying the sights and sounds, when a mysterious individual recruits them to help the town's ancient guardians solve a riddle that will secure long-lasting peace. They are unaware they have become pawns in a centuries-old chess game between the Watchers and a vengeful entity hellbent on freedom, no matter the cost. The girls will have to dig deep into the troubled history of this beautiful city if they want to solve a mystery and return home unscathed in Tom Weston’s Ghost In The Spires: Being an Old Wives' Tale.

Tom Weston blends history and folklore into a one-of-a-kind adventure in Ghost In The Spires. The characters are well crafted, especially the Golem, whose motivations hide beneath strategic planning. Weston adds intrigue to his novel, with information on the origins of the beautiful city of Prague. It takes a discerning reader to decode the clues Weston strategically places within those historical snippets. The banter between Alex and Jackie provides conversations that border on the comedic, which lightens the mood when things get too heated, which happens quite often. The short poetry verses and quotes between the chapters can be either an eerie prelude to what to expect in the following chapter or a romantic teaser, as is the case with the chapter concerning Libuse and Premysl. Weston references the darker aspects of the city’s history with ease, without attempting to sugarcoat it, such as the gory details of the maidens’ war. In Ghost in The Spires, Weston balances humor, tragedy, and drama evenly in a riveting novel that will appeal to fantasy and adventure readers.