November 1288. Bereft of a king or rightful heir, England hurtles towards civil war for the second time in a generation. When David, Prince of Wales, and his wife, Lili, travel to London to attend the wedding of William de Bohun and Princess Joan, they have no intention of involving themselves in local politics.
But as infighting leads to murder, David and Lili find themselves at the center of a far-reaching conspiracy. Trapped between history and legend, they must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice to save not only their own country, but the people of England as well.
Meanwhile, back in Wales, Llywelyn and Meg discover that time is no barrier to either adventure or trouble.
Children of Time, Book 4 in the After Cilmeri series, continues the story of Llywelyn, Meg, and their children in the medieval kingdom of Wales.
©2012 Sarah Woodbury Haug (P)2015 Sarah Woodbury Haug
The series as a whole ranks at the top, which is saying something because I average an audiobook a week with my commute. This one is my second favorite of the series, Prince of Time still tops the list
At the end, when David's ally barons and his father kneel at his feet, and he acquiesces to take the throne. I have that moment bookmarked as it's a major turning point in the series.
In this installment, Laurel Schroeder had to incorporate multiple accents for both genders, and in two time periods. She does this so seamlessly that the listener does not get lost or have a hard time keeping up with the story or which character she is portraying.
I found this installment to be more cerebral in the way it incorporates the intrigue of multiple plots in the middle ages that David spends his time navigating with the modern day national security activity that Meg and Llewelyn must elude. I could not help but laugh, though, at Goronwy's amazement with toilets and coffee (much like Ieuan's) and the conversation between Llewelyn and Goronwy at the well at Cilmeri
I have read the published books in this series and have listened to the audiobooks thus far. I have recommended the series to many friends and recommend the audiobooks equally because of the added depth to listening to Ms. Schroeder bring the characters and story to life.
I love the way the story shows David (the young prince of Wales) doing everything he can to avoid being pushed to the forefront, disavowing the hand of fate and overlay of mythology calling him the Return of Arthur, only to find himself stepping into the role and becoming, even being, everything he has been saying no to.
I think when David and Lily were listening to the conspirators and David wanted to dash out and confront them, and Lily held him back with a quick lesson on "playing politics".
Laurel Schroeder brings the people, the story, and the relationships in the story and between the people, to life by giving each of them "a voice". She really does an excellent job in being each character without being campy or over dramatic, just shifts of tone and tone of voice to convey the different people
There were many moments that moved me: David sulking and being taken to visit the villagers who had helped him after he had been kidnapped by his own guards; The old woman in the hospital bed eye's lighting up as she promises to protect the true Prince of Wales; Goronwy's delight in his leather jacket; the events of the pre-wedding feast. It was a very moving book but see above, I'm all mushy over it all anyway.
I love this whole series and am enamored with the audiobook editions. The author's story comes to life in the excellent narration by Laurel Schroeder, and it's been an absolute joy to discover the stories I love when I read them come alive for me with the narrations. This audiobook was gifted to me by the author without strings or obligations, but I would recommend to anyone who has enjoyed the books that the audiobooks are an experience not to be missed, and anyone with an inkling of interest in alternate reality, time travel, history of the middle ages and the Welsh-English Conflict in medieval history in particular, would find this series a delight. This particular book can be enjoyed on it's own, but it is best enjoyed as part of the series. There is a lot of backstory to the events of this book that add immeasurably to the understanding of the whole.
Just three words? Intriguing, mysterious, heartwarming. Yeah I think that would have to do if I could only use three.
Not a book, well not a single book to be exact. I'm normally a fan of romance novels so of course there's lots of comparison there, but the murder mystery really reminds me a lot of watching old Perry Mason shows. I loved those shows.
Honestly? Princess Joan's speech at the end. Absolute favorite part. If you know anything about history, you'd know how amazing that speech was.
Maybe, "Perry Mason's Sliders meets Timeline"
I've listened to every one of these books so far, and I've read all of them printed as well. Spoken or written, I've recommended these books to anyone who loves time travel, history, sci-fi, and romance. They are absolutely amazing. It doesn't matter what platform you choose. This one in particular I listened to while reading again, and it followed along with the book almost word for word. A few of the others have skipped a few paragraphs here and there, which granted did not take away from the story, but if you're picky about that sort of thing - this one is almost spot on perfect. I love the way the voices change for every person and they're consistent from book to book. David's voice changes as he gets older through the books as well. It's a wonderful nuance.
Change requires self-sacrifice
After Woodbury's attention to historic and cultural detail and the alternate universe elements , I enjoyed the way so many of the characters in Children of Time accepted personal change for the benefit of their family and their country. David especially.
Schroeder has hit her stride on this, the fourth Cilmeri book she's narrated. In the previous three books she made each character's personality vivid and distinct. However in Children, it seems that she is more comfortable, her narration more relaxed and confident. Perhaps she isn't trying so hard to perfectly recreate the Welsh accents or pronounce the Welsh words, which is great for my old American English ears! Whatever the reason, Schroeder's performance (again) makes 13th century Wales come alive.
I gasped once or twice at the intrigue and perfidy common to Medieval politics. Was saddened by David's reluctant acceptance of power thrust upon him. Also touched by Meg's courageous, and literal, leap of faith to save Llywelyn's life.
Don't make us wait so long for Book 5!
Of Course I would read it again , and Again . And plan on doing several times . As I will do with the entire series , after I finish it the first time
When David and his Father come to terms over , David's marriage to his beloved
The suspense , and writing the time travel , so that it goes in to an alternat dimension
It did , I broke out loud and laughed on more than one occasion . And was heart felt through out the story
Yes , I can't Waite to get exiles in time
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