If you like adventure, time travel, pirate tales, combat, history, geography, and love stories, you will enjoy this two-book series by Alexandra Bracken. It also has families feuding across the centuries and an astrolabe with the ability to perpetuate time travel as well as the abuse of its power. On the other hand, the destruction of the astrolabe would end the war of the travelers but divide lovers, friends, and families by returning them to their natural times.
It's difficult not to read these books from a writer perspective and continually stop to reread passages and admire the skill. The detail and emotion infused into the gripping action and physical descriptions are stunning. Here is just one tiny example:
The crumbling remains of the Roman amphitheater, stacks of stone slabs left to manage
the weather and world the best they could, looked ghostly under the bone-white touch of the moon. Beyond them was
the sea, its endless glistening, thrashing darkness.
Etta tried to shake the feeling that Nicholas was still there, that she was somehow walking
beside an imprint of him. There were too many footprints on the beach to tell which were
his, and she didn't want to cover his tracks with her own, not if it cost her proof that he had
been there. That he'd been alive, and so close.
On a different note, I'm a little wimpy about scary books, so I read the majority of these in public places because they are quite action-intensive, a little scary, and at moments gruesome, particularly in the second book. These types of stories are not normally the kind I enjoy, but these books are so well done, I found myself riveted by each page and truly struggled to put them down.
Great intricately developed characters and relationships with beautiful touches of both darkness and light. I highly recommend this series, even just for the truly awesome detail, fascinating inclusion of historic settings, and a touching story of both true love and family across time.
What are your favorite action-packed adventure or time travel stories?
Thanks for sharing these, Laura! The scary aspect doesn't sound too appealing, but pirates, a love story, and beautiful writing are right up my alley :) The only time travel stories I've read were the River of Time series by Lisa Tawn Bergren, which were a lot of fun!ReplyDelete