Towers - 1 - 001"The sun grew darker and dimmer as the humans' towers rose taller. Some believe it was to keep ourselves from burning in hellfire as we ascended to the heavens; a marriage to nature that ensured our well-being."
I like it! There are a few places where I think you could trim some of the adjectives, and for an opening chapter it could probably use a little more exposition and maybe some more physical description of the characters, but it really is very good!
I would also add a little more to the penultimate paragraph so it’s not just a single sentence sitting there, and remove the phrase *commonly referred to as* in the graph about Rifel and Duncan.
If you want a critique that is a little more pedantic, the phrase *came about* in the same graph should be *had come about* (read up on the past perfect tense for the boring reasons why).
Again, very good, though, and much better, in fact, than most of the stuff I have dealt with as an editor.