All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta wakes up alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected – Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.
Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travellers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min, who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.
As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable … and might just run out on both of them.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Harper Collins Australia, in exchange for an honest review.
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So many wonderful new places explored! I still would have loved to spend more time looking at the historical aspects of each place the travellers went to—although I thought Russia was done very well—and some of the timeline changes explained more clearly rather than taking the easy way out of ‘it’s not the timeline you know’.
Some amazing new characters and building on some returning ones. I still had so much trouble understanding Nicholas’s motives and looking past all his clichés. I get that he is a product of his time, but I feel that being a traveller should have expanded his world view more. My new favourite characters were Li Ming and Belladonna. Unfortunately, there came to be so many characters that some were lacking some vital development and there was a lot of info dumping about them and also the history of travellers.
I found the first half of the book very confusing and hard to get into, which is surprising considering the epic cliff-hanger of Passenger. But IT FINALLY MADE SENSE IN THE END. I feel a little as if the first book lacked direction and didn’t know where the story was going so there is a bit of a divide between the two books in the duology. On the other hand, the second half of the book was rather predictable and I pretty much guessed everything before it happened. That being said, I still found it a satisfying ending.
Sometimes the language and description took away from the plot and I felt there could have been a better balance between the two, especially considering it’s a sci-fi novel.
Overall, a great conclusion to this epic duology!