This series is amazing yeah Don t you wish the Tori and Maelgwn story could go on and on forever Penny I enjoyed this book I found it a little better than the first I loved the material, just felt it was a little longwinded.
I m looking forward to the third book, but must admit I m happy to leave it and get to it after I ve read a couple of others in my TBR pile.
Overall, I m still keen to read the third and have another two trilogies by the same author that I d also like to read.
The Extraordinary And Bestselling Journeys Of One Woman Throughout Time The Narrow Stairway Inside The Mountain Led To A Door That Opened Into A Huge Marble Plateau Upon This Stood A Stone Circle Of Nine Of The Largest Hunks Of Polished Crystal Tory Had Ever Seen A Turbulent Cloud Erupted Overhead, Its Core Alive With Electromagnetic Activity For Twenty Years The Kingdoms Of Prydyn, Dumnonia And Dalriada Have Prospered In Peace Under The Guidance Of Their High King, Maelgwn Of Gwynedd, And His Good Queen, Tory But When The High King Is Stricken With Madness And A Mysterious Plague, Britain Is Set To Be Thrown Into The Chaos Of Yesteryear Tory Seeks The Advice Of An Advanced Civilisation That Thrived Long Before Recorded History, Where Men Of Great Learning And Miracles Were Abundant The Women Of The Otherworld Agree To Aid Tory To Make Her Passage Back Through Time But Once In Atlantis, Tory Must Use Her Own Devices T Find The Cure She Seeks And A Way To Return To Her Loved Ones In The Dark Ages Full disclosure to begin I found this book in an op shop after looking for some fantasy to cut my teeth on Only books 2 and 3 were there so I bought them, 50c each I have to say, that was the WORST dollar I have EVER SPENT.
Second full disclosure I only got as far as about page 200, and I pushed myself to get that far So this review will be on 30% of the 2nd book.
It was crap Utter crap Let me elaborate.
I didn t mind that I was thrown into a plot and a world already in full swing from the first book Actually it didn t matter at all There really didn t seem to be any sensible plot, and as there was no description whatsoever of the world or anything really , I was none the wiser about anything at all after 200 pages There was basically no action at all, which meant the story moved forward although no, not really by way of dialogue Dialogue you say If you enjoy the sound of fingernails being drawn down a blackboard, you might have been able to stomach it But in reality it was an excruciatingly painful jumble of 20th century idiom juxtaposed with some sort of attempt of bastard old English Not even that It was peppered heavily with thees and thous, with subject sometimes when it should have been object randomly paired up with declensions of the verbs to be or to have we hast, anyone that was SO uncomfortable to read that I couldn t concentrate on the action Oh, probably because there wasn t any This was almost completely a tell, don t show book No description, no action, no suspense, no work for me to do except constantly put down the book and laugh at the awful, awful writing Here s an example of the worst way to write what could have, should have been an opportunity to do some show but, er, wasn t I don t have page numbers or direct quotes because the book is presently awaiting to be recycled into something useful to mankind One of the characters can t remember who, doesn t actually matter, a son of the queen or something had to deliver several things some sort of magic bag or something, can t remember, so badly written so instead of having some sort of little adventure series to achieve this, he just teleported there and back several times to the various recipients to drop off his booty, and the whole thing took one paragraph I mean, seriously you just teleport here and there, get stuff done, and it s just all done I dunno, it came off as totally stupid but maybe I m missing something.
I would like to talk about character development, or even character distinguishing, but I can t because nobody did anything interesting, said anything sensible or readable or was in the least bit individual Honestly, a piece of paper is 3 dimensional than ANYONE in this book There are 4 young men I think 3 are brothers, the other may be somehow related and apart from their names, there is absolutely no way to tell any of them apart They have no individuality, no unique qualities, no different ways of speaking or thinking, and they might as well all be just one character Same for all of the Lords or whatever they were Just no differentiating them, and I couldn t remember who was who Fortunately I didn t care I didn t care about anything in this book, especially not the protagonist Aren t you supposed to care just a little about the main character There was nothing about her that I could relate to because there was no description, action, growth, thought, feeling, or anything at all that helped me to get to know her even just a little bit This was a stupid, stupid book well the first third was, I can t comment on the rest, I suppose and I can say, with certainty, that my 13 year old daughter can write much, much, much better than this author.
I m bewildered by any review above 1 star, and for those who gave it 5 stars, what planet are you from And what other literature are you even reading I did not like this book, I cannot recommend it to anyone except for as a how NOT to do EVERYTHING with regards to writing a book , and my copy, and its probably just as awful sequel are, as I previously mentioned, awaiting a second life as something else, anything really.
Shame on you, Voyager Publishing SHAME ON YOU.
I read some reviews about this book before reading it immediately after Book 1 Some of those reviews were not very glowing Normally, I disregard these until I ve read the book myself, as is the right way, and I don t always agree with them This time, I almost did However, I still enjoyed this book and have launched into Book 3 already In An Echo in Time Atlantis , our hero, Tory Alexander, has made her home and life back in the 6th century, with her husband Maelgwyn, and her son Rhun 20 years have passed and Maelgwyn has fallen ill to the plague The only way for Tory to save him is to travel back to where it all began roughly 12,000 years in the past, to the fabled city of Atlantis There she finds the most advanced culture and society ever known, where humanity has reached a heightened level of consciousness and has developed the type of technology that would put what we know today to shame Her quest leads her to find a potion that will save Maelgwyn an immortality potion But is she too late to save him, and will the evil witch, Mahaud, foil her at last Traci Harding has built the world of Atlantis in such a way that you believe it actually did exist in this form However, my biggest criticism is the amount of cupid style match making Tory is involved in, which seems to be far than in Book 1 Some of this stuff is OK, but not to this level The concept of every person pairing with every other person seemingly is even far fetched than a fantasy novel warrants But, I enjoyed every other aspect of the story.
Here s hoping that Book 3, Masters of Reality The Gathering , backs off the hooking up a bit.
Love the continuing story.
It was pretty good, in the whole plot and the idea of Atlantis and all that My only problem is with the major amount of errors in there did anyone even EDIT this , the fact that things are just a BIT too convenient, and that everyone seems to fall in love within a minute of meeting each other I get that they bond over lifetimes and that is showing how strong their love is and how they re meant to be together, but there is no way this can happen with so many people over so many lifetimes Love is much complicated, and I d rather read a slow building of relationships rather than, for example, Teo deciding to live with Donna after one night together because they are in love But other than those complaints, it was pretty easy to read, and I am really unsure of how to rate it, so for now I will give it an average rating and ponder that for a while.
Well, um I felt like this book may have been rushed, or something The overall style of writing and portrayal of the relationships was super cringe worthy at times For example, one moment a beloved character dies, then in the following paragraph, people are hugging, kissing, and flirting in the same room of said characters corpse It s clumsy and dare I say, tacky I m pretty easy to please with most novels, but there were a good few moments that sparked an eye roll or an are you serious out of me.
Overall, great story, but the style of writing could definitely be improved.
In this book Tory and Maelgwn have been ruling for 20 years but then an old enemy resurfaces with the help of the Saxons and casts a spell on Maelgwn When he is cured of this he suffers from Yellow fever which history tells Maelgwn dies from To thwart history Tory is set back in time to Atlantis to find a cure Here she gets aid from previous incarnations of her allies including Maelgwn s previous incarnation.
Tory doesn t think Mahoud can find her here in the past, but she is mistaken Mahoud finds her in the past when a mad Atlantian scientist takes nuclear warheads and threatens to blow up Atlantis and her chance at finding the potion I liked this book This series is easy to read and is fairly fast paced It is kind of a cross between fantasy and sci fi Keeping a track of all the characters and their incarnations is a bit tricky though.
I did enjoy the book but found that it was a bit drawn out in places Enjoyable storyline