The second part of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers is a compelling high fantasy drama. In the first half of the book, we follow the remainder of the Fellowship – except Sam and Frodo, who have turned their path aside to take the Ring to Mordor – on their journey to Rohan and Gondor. Tragedies, unexpected friends, and a malevolent uprising growing in Isengard make their road a long and twisting one. During the second half of the book, we shift perspective to Frodo and Sam as they make the harrowing journey to Mordor. Struggling to find their way, they warily accept guidance from an unexpected source. They, too, find surprising friends in the depths of the shadowed wilderness. But there are great challenges still to come for the broken Fellowship, and wisdom seems more important than ever. Danger and betrayal are ever-present. Will the Ring-bearer succeed?
Tolkien weaves a world that not only seems believable, but real. It is as if he is hearkening back across time, to a world and peoples that no longer – but once did – exist. The story is hard to put down, the plot unexpected and ever-evolving, and the characters at once familiar and legendary.