The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
Recommended for: 13 and up (for reading level and some violence)
Rating: PG-13 for violence
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle in the Mines of Moria. And Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape, the rest of the company was attacked by Orcs. Now they continue the journey alone down the great River Anduin—alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.
Even though The Two Towers is number two in the trilogy, I really enjoyed reading this book. The Two Towers is a continuation of The Fellowship of the Ring, where the fellowship is beginning to break. The first half of the book (book three) follows the adventures of Merry, Pippin, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli while the second half (book four) follows Frodo and Sam as they continue their journey to Mount Doom to destroy the ring of power.
I love the books and the movies and it is hard to remember the differences between the two. Some of the conversations in the movie are almost word for word from the book. I was a little disappointed that an argument from the book was left out of the movie. The Two Towers is probably the best book in the trilogy, apparently so good that it was put in all three movies.
When I read the book, I had a library book that I read in between book three and four, it was really hard for me to get into the library book. Another thing about this book that makes it one of my favorites is that the character Gollum is in it.
I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend this trilogy to anyone who loves fantasy. It will probably always be one of my favorites.