With a scarlet-fever epidemic raging throughout London, a rogue baron on the loose, a new baby keeping him up at night, and a kingdom to run, the last thing David has time for is a trip to the 21st century. But as he should know by now, time waits for no man, not even the king of England.
©2013 Sarah Woodbury (P)2015 Sarah Woodbury
I've read all the books in the After Cilmeri series and love them all. This one had been my least favorite - until I listened to it on audio. Listening gave me new perspective on the story and changed my opinion significantly.
Callum and Cassie, who have become two of my favorite characters, play a significant role in this particular story as they travel from the middle ages forward to the 21st century with David. Because they come from modern times originally and because of their very different backgrounds, they add new dimensions and depth to the ensemble of characters. Back in modern Wales, they are pursued by various government agencies who all want to learn about time travel and find some way to take advantage of it for their own purposes. Meanwhile, in the middle ages, Lilly, Anna, and the others are dealing with a full scale war brought by one of David's enemies. I liked that the other characters were able to successfully operate without David's direction although you could feel his influence working throughout.
I thought once the story line moved from being primarily about Wales (after David became King of England) that it would become less and less interesting, but that has not been the case at all. Ms. Woodbury has found ways to keep the story moving ahead and keep it fresh and interesting. At the end of each book, I think she couldn't possibly continue the story any longer at the high level of interest and quality. I'm thrilled to say I've been wrong - every single time. Each story has left me anxiously awaiting the next installment. Listening to this story makes me want to reread the next one, Ashes of Time.
If you've only read the After Cilmeri series, you're missing out on an important part of the enjoyment which to me is hearing tongue-twisting, yet melodic Welsh words. Take a break from the modern world and step into this alternate universe's version of the middle ages.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. Great story line. The narration was well done. I look forward to listening to the next one.
Friendship means everything!
True friends bring out the best in all of us though the ultimate sacrifice forces us to make difficult choices facing inner demons...
Oh, so hard as I read this book so many times and had my own voices in my head but David, always him as he is becoming more a man in each story...
Yes, but sometimes I must stop due to necessary interruptions... All these books are worthy of one sitting whether reading or listening...
This is the 1st time I screamed about waiting for the next book to find out "what happens next to..." even when I know each story has a bit of a "to be continued..." at the end... I felt frustrated but in a wonderful way as this author is one of my favorites...
This series is firmly entrenched as a favorite among favorites. Listening add so much more to my enjoyment and really feeling the experience of this storyline, but more so because I have read the books and know who is who and what is what and what will happen. And yet, even so, it is a new and unique experience to hear the story read aloud.
Laurel Schroeder has done a wonderful job giving each character their own voice, while not being overly hammy and caricaturing them. Sarah Woodbury's story truly comes to life from Laurel's narration - at least for me.
The story line as it evolves keeps my interest, too. This is not a series of sequels rehashing a formula. The young Prince David becomes, in an early book, the (reluctant) King of England and now as a young father, husband, and sovereign he has not only himself, his family but a nation and really a collection of nations to look after. Earlier, he settled Scotland's unrest by encouraging Scotland to settle their own. Ireland has remained a sore subject in several ways, but primarily as the playground of David's most vocal and determined opposition.
When attempting to meet his challenger head on, he and two other fellow 21st Century companions are carried back to the modern time, and if David thought politics were difficult and treacherous in the Middle Ages, he learns not much has changed over the intervening centuries. It is only by the twists of fate that plague this family that he escapes a more dangerous foe than Lord Valence, only to have to face him, too, before the book if over.
If you haven't read this book, or listened to it, I won't spoil the finale. But let me say that as soon as I finished listening to this book, I immediately started on the next one, Ashes of Time.
By the way, I need make no disclaimer of any kind on this review. My ownership of this Audible is solely due to my spending my own money and selecting this as my choice of books to use a personally purchased Audible credit on. I have received no compensation nor any consideration from the author for this review.
This is a different take on time travel. This is the first book by this author I have read but it won't be the last. I was recommended her books because of other time travel books I've read. This book grabbed me right away and held my interest until the very end. I will definitely read the rest of the books in this series.
I loved this book like all the rest in the series. Sarah has written a wonderful series.
The most memorable moment for me is close to the end when David has to leave Cassie and Calum behind. He didn't want to leave them but they knew he had to. It shows how much he cares for his friends and family.
As always I think Laurel nailed the narrating perfectly.
Another great book by a fantastic author. I really love how each book brings together the series and keeps you wanting more. I'm looking forward to the next book to see what happens. Love this series. I love it on audible as I am able to get things done while listening and I lets my children listen as well which thief think is neat in their words while my daughter gets her iv treatment. It helps pass the time for her. Thanks for such a great series.
Only three???? Intrigue across time
Hmmm...in what other book is there a technologically superior entity that is doing its darnedest to learn all it can in order to plunder a simpler civilization that is experiencing its own conflicts? I Am Number Four, maybe?
The pronunciation of the names of people and places is so key when you are reading the books and Ms. Schroeder breezes through it all in a way that lets the listener enjoy the whole story without the fear of getting lost in who's who (although the ebooks all begin with a fantastic guide to help the reader along...but it's really nice NOT to flip back and forth)
The final scenes in the hospital rooftop had me on the edge of my seat...I confess, I was yelling at the characters to move faster!
BEST. BOOK. SERIES. EVER.
Historical / Modern / Adventure,
When David returned to the past.
David confronting Valence and imposing his power as king.
I definitely laughed at David's sarcasm and I was on edge when David, Callum, and Cassie were escaping to the roof of the building.
I loved hearing the story read with all the Welsh words. I finally know how they're pronounced! I'm eager to continue on to the next book!
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