Two years in Afghanistan; four years working for MI5, the British security service; and the death of both of his parents from cancer. At the age of 34, Callum thought he'd experienced the worst that life could throw at him. That was until his boss ordered him to open a buried file on his desk and to take it seriously. His new assignment: to detain and question a pregnant woman and her ailing husband - and, if need be, to stop them from returning to medieval Wales.
Until today Callum believed in his job and always followed orders. Until today he thought time travel wasn't real....
Exiles in Time is a novel from the After Cilmeri Series.
©2013 Sarah Woodbury (P)2015 Sarah Woodbury
This is my favorite time travel series because it follows actual history and people from that time. I enjoy how Ms. Woodbury develops wonderfully interesting characters and adds them to that particular time period. The story is full of intrigue and relationships but doesn't rely on detailed sex scenes and constant cursing instead of a plot.
I be been Hooked after the first 15 min. Of Daughter in time and I just can't put down the series , And So , I'm off to the next exciting Book in the series . I think it's a must Read
Exiles expands the scope of the series both geographically and in character development. We are introduced to unwilling time travelers and how they adapted to their unexpected circumstances in very different ways. Although old friends are substantially not present, their influence is present.
When Cassie volunteers to be a decoy to mislead their pursuers. Her strength and self confidence in the wild demonstrates how she evolved and adapted from the person she described herself as before being brought to Wales.
James Stewart. He slowly evolves from nobleman to soldier to friend, all the while keeping his dignity. It is nicely portrayed in the book and Ms. Schroeder's performance does that evolution credit.
The exchanges between Cassie and Samuel toward the end. Samuel has been a side story for so long that it is interesting to see him interact with Cassie in particular given the similarity of their circumstances.
It just simply was enjoyable. I can't think of a specific thing other than "the combination of the story and the narrator" being just spot on.
I loved that the story line continues the same arc but we get introduced to a new set of characters, and get to see them on their own not just as side-players to the earlier books' main characters. Callum and Cassie, and even Marty, stand on their own. Yes, they have a relationship of some sort to Meg and David etc. but we only have mention of Meg, David etc in this book (after the very beginning), and it's all Callum's story as he represents David in Scotland. It really gives Callum a place in the continuum which is great. Cassie is a fantastic character, and I think the ambivalence she feels is so well conveyed. It could so easily have been "not so well conveyed". Haha. This is why I write reviews and not books.
Everything audio/audible. I'm not a reader who reads each word aloud in my head, so listening to the audiobook is like "hearing it for the first time". Even though I know the story because I read it, the audio experience is vastly enriching for me.
Yes, Yes, Yes!
I'm almost ashamed to say the Author provided me a complimentary copy of the audiobook, but the frugal side of me is quite the opposite. Delighted in fact. And, there were no strings or requirements to the receipt of the gifted copy. I think she gets a kick out of how much I like these books. I really, really do. I recommend anyone who is into time travel, Wales, medieval alternate history mishmashed with modern "what if" to read and listen to these books. This series is one of my top 3 or even top 2 favorites. Outlander kind of edges this one out, but .... that's .... yeah that's that. Aside from that one, this is my favorite.
I have recommended the After Cilmeri series to all my friends. Even though I've read each book in the series several times, I've been looking forward to the experience of listening to them. The audio version makes the characters really come alive for me. I can't wait for the next one!
These aren't your typical time travel stories. The author has created more of an alternate universe that gives you a feel for how it would be to be a modern person transported back to medieval times. The characters bring modern ideas and ways of thinking into their daily lives and are also changed by the times in which they now live.
I love hearing the Welsh words pronounced because it's almost impossible to figure out how to say them - even though the author provides a pronunciation guide in the beginning of each book.
I can't pick out just one particular moment, but what I liked best about the book in general was the growing relationship between Collum and Cassie. They're both from the present and had no say in being sent back to medieval Wales. Each has been struggling to make the best of it. Fortunately, their prior experiences allow them to adapt more quickly than some. Collum was in special forces so he's familiar with fighting and Cassie, part Native American, was taught by her grandfather important outdoor activities that helped her to survive, such as using bow and arrows and hunting.
Be sure to read the After Cilmeri books in order. I've grown so attached to Llywelyn that it's hard for me to read non-fiction history books in which he is murdered. It's just too sad. I prefer this alternate universe in which he's saved and has a happier life.
There are literally no three words that could adequately describe it. It would take far more.
There were lots of them. Most of this book made me so frustrated and annoyed. It's like, well when you watch a favorite tv show and two characters you really want to see together keep avoiding each other because one is seriously stupid... yeah it's a lot like that.
I've listened to all of the books she's narrated for Sarah. This one she did an amazing job with the different variations of the Scottish accents - as Highlanders speak with more of a brogue than Lowlanders, peasants speak differently from nobles, ect. She did really well with setting the different tones so it kept the story flowing and interesting... and the funny parts amusing. Definitely not a monotone reader. Thank goodness!
Braveheart meets Bones without the science..... yeah that's kind of how it feels. If you've watched Bones and really gotten into the show, you'll understand what I mean. Emotional investment in the characters will definitely happen.
As far as the story goes - Cassie really irked me... a lot. Her staunch unwillingness to even consider how she could fit into Callum's world without compromising herself really just, it bugged me more than you could possibly imagine. I mean in the end that's really what relationships are all about. Give and take. Unwilling to even see beyond yourself is just... sad. I do mean sad in the bad way not in the "I feel sorry for her" way. I mean even in the world of today, we all have to conform to some sort of societal norm for work, school, friends, ect. That doesn't always mean we sacrifice our core beliefs to do so. Some people do, but I also find those people sad too. It's like after being on her own for 5 years - she still didn't really have that strong sense of self in the way she should have had it. It was more of a "if I'm alone, I can be me, but I can't be me around other people because of ....." whatever stupid reason. Knowing yourself and knowing who you truly are, those are two very separate things. I know what I'm willing to compromise on and what I am not, I know what the line is that will never be broken, and I didn't need to be stranded in the Middle Ages to find that out. So, yeah she irked me. Maybe I just have a bias to Callum cause he seemed truly genuine and sweet, and she hurt him. Maybe that's what I don't like. Anyway, aside from that - the overall plot... wonderful plot. The end game of what to do about Scotland without involving David, yet doing it in a way that sets a precedent for something larger later, absolutely brilliant. I'm glad a certain clergyman finally got ditched. Didn't like him in the last book, and definitely didn't like him in this one.
Now - with all of the story details out of the way, the reading I did find some issue with the recording. It could have been from listening on my phone to listening on my computer, but it sounded like there was a slight repeat glitch in Chapter 16 I think near the end where it looped a paragraph twice and at the end where it seemed to just have jumped to Cassie showing up at Sterling. Again, this could just be on my end due to the bouncing back and forth, so hopefully someone else can confirm that, but otherwise it was very well read and done like all the others.
Phenominal character setting
New arc in story
All of them were important
You thought you knew history
Love entire series!
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