Seventeen-year-old Clocker Saira Elian is back on the run and being hunted by Mongers. The Descendants of War are amassing power in the 21st century, bent on controlling all the Immortal Descendants. Their attempt to kidnap Saira, a rare Descendant of Time and Nature, reveals just how brazen they've become. Archer, the vampire who has loved Saira for over a century, is willing to risk everything to protect her. When a horrific vision reveals Ringo, thief and loyal companion from 1888, being tortured at the hands of the bloodthirsty Bishop Wilder in a Renaissance prison, Saira and Archer realize there has been a ripple in the river of Time, and they must travel to 1554 to find its source and save their friend. Their rescue mission lures them to the Tower of London, site of the most notorious executions in history, where they encounter the mysterious Lady Elizabeth, who is confronting a terrible fate of her own. The time traveler, the vampire, and the thief will need all of their skills and ingenuity as they race against time to steal a document that could change the course of history and put the Immortal Descendants at the mercy of the Mongers. Can they stop a madman bent on collecting the blood of history's most powerful Seer before the executioner's ax falls?
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I cannot fathom why the author and/or publisher decided to have a British narrator read a book written from the perspective of an American teenager from California. Even more confusing is why she would read that character in her British accent instead of using an American one. The first narrator did a great job, and this book lost a lot of the power of the first one due to this curious and distracting choice. This audio also picks up quite a lot of unpleasant sounds from the narrator--such as loud swallowing--that detract from the narration. If there is a third book, I hope it's read by the original narrator, or at least someone who can do an American accent.
The story is almost as engrossing as the first volume, and it's well worth a credit if you can tolerate the narration issues.
Having the same narrator as the first book- it's easier to make a connection that way.
The narrator didn't differentiate between characters that well. Also had weird pauses in the reading.Her accent was inappropriate for the main character of the book.
I really like book 1, but in book 2 they changed readers I almost returned because it was hard to tell who was talking. The new reader has an English accent I don't know if the reason they changed readers is because they are in England when the main character who is 17 grew up in America. It is a good story but you need to really pay attention because there is a lot of time jumping, and a lot of characters with different abilities. This one was good but I enjoyed the 1st one more. You be your own judge.
The lead character is an American girl cast into a time traveling adventure in England. Book one was read by an American while book 2 is narrated by a British actress. Tough to get the later version due to the switch.
I enjoy this author's use of history to tell her stories! She uses actual historical events as a tool to weave an interesting story of intrigue and action.
I really enjoyed the first book Marking Time. So I was not happy when I started the second book and the main character all of a sudden had a very heavy English accent! She is American and had only been in England a few months. It was totally unbelievable and annoying. Even using the word "Mum" instead of "Mom." It really killed the book for me. Unfortunately I had already purchased book 3 with book 2, so I'm kind of stuck listening to her voice.
I love to read sci-fi and thrillers. Will read anything that gets good reviews. I hear a lot of good books that way.
Both of the books in this series were great. I just wish you had not changed narrators. The girl in the book is supposed to be American not British. It made the second book a bit confusing. The girl did a great job reading the book and I would like to listen to more books read by her, but she 2 not right for this book. Loved both books. Will recommend them.
I had a very difficult time listening to the narrator. In book 1 the narrator was able to be typical teenage drama without being obnoxious. If I didn't have a project to finish, I would have returned the audible version and read the book myself.
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