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Time (travel) will tell
on 31 August 2013
Pros - great idea, likeable characters, lots of action, fantastic locations, excellent value
Cons - very event driven narrative, some big jumps in time that feel out of sync with the character development
The premise for this novel is really interesting and original. A mix of sci-fi, romance, action with a healthy dollop of humour and a little modern day Indiana Jones thrown in too. In addition, it is generally well written and easily comparable to more experienced writers. The main character of Madeline Maxwell is very likeable, although not entirely consistent in her behaviour, but still a really good protagonist. Overall, the novel as a whole is a lot of fun with great action and excitement. Unfortunately for me this is where the problems occur. There is an awful lot going on in this book and the narrative flys along absolutely crammed with significant events that drive the story forward. I can't help feeling that Talyor could have taken her foot of the gas a bit and with a little more description to set the scenes this could have been stretched into two, maybe even three, books.
I will look forward to seeing how this series develops and I hope that Taylor feels less compelled to cram so much in, the characters are good so give them time to breath.
Three stars might seem a bit harsh as I did enjoy this a lot, but I feel it is just not as good as it could be or as good as I'm sure the next book will be.