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The New World by Scott K. Andrews

Hodder & Stoughton | 2017 (27 July) | 342p | Review copy | Buy the book

The New World by Scott K AndrewsThe New World completes the TimeBomb trilogy, Scott K. Andrews’ thoroughly entertaining young adult science fiction time travelling adventure series that began with TimeBomb and continued with Second Lives. This is a deliciously convoluted and complex trilogy, with more time travelling paradoxes than you can shake a cat at, so you’d have to be barking to read The New World without having read the other two books first. This review assumes you’ve had the pleasure.

Having said all that, I don’t want to give much away here about the contents of this book or the two that went before because there’s pleasure to be had in trying to unknit the knots that Scott K. Andrews tangles before us. But over the course of the novels we have grown very attached to our gang of three: Dora (the 17th-century maidservant), Kaz (from our present) and Jana (from the 22nd century). All three have changed enormously since we first met them in extraordinary circumstances. Approximately five years have passed, I think, since the beginning, but there is nothing linear about time in these novels. We have leapt around, backwards and forwards through the years and centuries, as our three attempt to put right the crimes against time that are being committed by Quil and the President of the US (or World, as she likes to describe herself).

If you can’t remember too clearly the events of the earlier novels, which would not be surprising, there’s a handy synopsis of past events at the beginning of The New World and this really helps to immerse the reader in this complicated yet thrilling world once more. There’s a lot of going back over past events in this third novel as the narrative attempts to tie up loose ends and unravel knots before its conclusion. This does mean that, mainly for the first half of the novel, there’s a lot of talk about memories. But this is done rather well, particularly for making us understand the torturous relationship between Quil and Jana. It’s moving, it really is. Added to that is the growing emotional bond between Jana and Dora, which is such a wonderful part of the book. A side effect is that poor Kaz plays a much smaller role in this third novel. But we need to spend the time with Quil, Jana and Dora. This is where the heart of the story lies and it is a thoroughly satisfying place to be.

In the second half of The New World, the action really kicks off as events build up to the glorious denouement of the trilogy. You’ve got to keep your wits about you to keep up – how many earlier versions of one character can there be? – but the effort is well worth it. I loved the end and thought it did a fine job of completing the circle. It’s satisfying as a fun thrillfest but also as an emotional journey.

The plot is undoubtedly complicated and, at times, exceedingly confusing. As one character muses: he could really have done with a flow chart to keep track of all of the timelines that have been contaminated and altered. At the times when the story is at its most confusing, then it’s best simply to enjoy the ride and let the paradoxes sort themselves out – or not. These are wonderful characters and the story is a lot of fun, backed up by some emotionally powerful threads about love, loss and betrayal. I really enjoyed myself reading this trilogy and I’m very sorry to say goodbye to Dora, Jana and Kaz.

Other reviews
TimeBomb
Second Lives

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

Borough Press | 2017 (15 June) | 752p | Review copy | Buy the book

The Rise and Fall of DODO by Neal Stephenson and Nicole GallandMelisande Stokes is a lecturer in ancient and classical languages at Harvard University when she is offered a curious job by government secret agency operative Tristan Lyons. It’s likely that Mel would have taken the job anyway thanks to her patronising, arrogant and irritating boss, but it turns out to be simply perfect. Mel is given a number of ancient and more recent documents to translate as part of a test. The texts come from all six continents and from every era and they all attest to one thing – that magic is real. Or rather magic used to be real. The documents also reveal that magic died in the summer of 1851, killed by the Great Exhibition of London.

Mel’s job, should she choose to accept it, is to join a top secret government project, D.O.D.O., otherwise known as the Department of Diachronic Operations. It has one mission – to develop a device that will allow its operatives to travel back in time to save magic and alter history. After all, what government wouldn’t want to have magic at its beck and call? Unfortunately, meddling with the past can have a rather adverse and unpredictable effect on the present, especially when so much depends on MUONs – Multiple-Universe Operations Navigators, better known to you and me as witches.

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. is quite simply spectacular. It’s almost impossible to describe or to pin down. There’s a distinct science fiction feel to bits of it – it is, after all, a novel about time travel and the descriptions of how it works are both sciencey and deliciously unfathomable. That is indeed the point. This classified government agency likes to blind us by science at the same time as confounding us with acronyms. But the science is powered by magic which is also powered by science. There is a rational scientific explanation for everything. I think. Or maybe there isn’t. I’m not sure the witches care very much.

I’m not a reader of fantasy or anything to do with magic normally but this novel absolutely enchanted me, in the same way that The Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter has done. It presents an incredible and seductive mingling of science and fantasy, of alternate universes, broken futures, impossible conundrums and, my favourite, the temporal paradox. All of this on top of some brilliantly visualised journeys into the past, especially late Elizabethan London and 13th-century Constantinople. These are places teeming with the most fascinating and intriguing personalities, notably the witches but there are also lots of others, and it’s particularly fun watching them deal with an unfamiliar future or past.

The missions into the past are fantastically complicated! This is not surprising considering the tangled knot of D.O.D.O. bureaucracy and it all adds up to a wonderfully elaborate and varied bunch of plots as different people pursue their different goals and get into all kinds of trouble. This adds drama and, now and again, tragedy but it also adds a great deal of humour. The humour of The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. is lightly done, often the result of the absolute absurdity of a situation or the preposterousness of trying to impose officialdom on potential chaos. There is also a lesson to be learned – don’t underestimate people from the past. They might not know how to operate a mobile phone but they – and I include Vikings in this – are not stupid.

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. is over 740 pages long but not once did this feel like too much. On the contrary, it quite often felt like too little! There is so much going on. There is so much potential for more to go on. I loved the characters, especially Erszebet. And it is all written absolutely beautifully and in the most intriguing manner. It’s told in a multitude of ways – journal entries, letters, emails, government documents, memos – and they work together brilliantly. At the end is a very handy glossary of acronyms (as defined by POOJAC – the Policy on Official Jargon and Acronym Coinage). As for the premise of this fabulous, clever, witty book, it is ingenious and only equalled by its execution. Neal Stephenson’s previous novel Seveneves was one of my top reads of 2015. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. (or TRAFODODO) will do at least as well in my 2017 list. Do not miss it!

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Seveneves

House of Shadows by Pamela Hartshorne

House of Shadows | Pamela Hartshorne | 2015, Pb 2016 | Macmillan | 466p | Review copy | Buy the book

House of Shadows by Pamela HartshorneKate Vasavour, badly injured from a great fall, has been in a coma for several days. When she finally awakes in her hospital bed, Kate has no idea who she is. She can’t even remember her own young son. She has tantalising shadowy memories of people and voices but when she reaches out for them they disappear. Her doctors comfort her, Kate is traumatised, her memories will return. But when the memories do start to emerge in a more tangible form, Kate realises that they don’t belong to her. She is remembering the life of another person, a woman desperate to find her child. Kate feels driven to help her search, Kate’s pain made worse by her growing awareness that she has forgotten her feelings for her own child.

At the beginning of House of Shadows, we are as ignorant as Kate is of her life and background. But when Kate’s rather formidable in-laws take her back to her late husband’s home – the impressive, Tudor-built Askerby Hall – the nature of Kate’s memories begin to emerge. Kate is remembering a previous occupant, Isabel Vasavour, who lived and died at the Hall over four hundred years before. Something terrible happened to Isabel and it is up to Kate to put it right, even if it puts her relationship with her son in jeopardy and risks her sanity and her very life.

Some years ago I had a great fondness for timeslip novels, such as those by Barbara Erskine, and, although it’s been a while since I read one, there was something about the mood of House of Shadows that instantly pulled me in and reminded me of the pleasure I had reading such novels as Erskine’s Lady of Hay all those years ago. Pamela Hartshorne does a wonderful job of evoking the past and present of Askerby Hall, a suitably creepy and yet beautiful old house that creaks with history, not all of it bad by any means, and is scented with atmosphere. We move between the Elizabethan and modern periods smoothly, almost naturally, and both feel as real to us as they do to Kate. That is until Kate grows closer to the truth and then the novel takes on a different feel entirely – we then dip into melodrama and horror – but the book retains its almost gentle atmospheric appeal throughout.

Kate is a very sympathetic character surrounded by a host of oddballs. Even though she cannot remember her own son, Kate and the boy do work to recover a relationship almost as if they feel united in their isolation within this enormous house. I really enjoyed this element of the novel. It’s also hard not to care for Isabel of the past, especially as we know it cannot end well. The mood of mystery hangs over House of Shadows and works well with the movement between past and present.

There is much that is predictable about the mystery and plot of House of Shadows but that almost doesn’t matter. This feels like a comfortable, old-fashioned read. This also helps to justify some of the more stereotypical characters as well as the familiar house itself. House of Shadows certainly fit my mood when I read it. Despite work and everything else going on that day, I read House of Shadows in just one day. It was a truly delightful and compelling read that enchanted me from its very beginning and I could not put it down unfinished.

TimeRiders 9: The Infinity Cage by Alex Scarrow

Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 402
Year: 2014
Buy: Paperback, Kindle
Source: Bought copy

TimeRiders: The Infinity Cage by Alex ScarrowReview
This is a little bit of a review with a difference. The Infinity Cage is the ninth and final book in the extraordinary TimeRiders series. Ostensibly aimed at youngsters, I don’t think Alex Scarrow could have targeted TimeRiders more directly at me if he’d tried. Over the last few years I have jumped on each of these books as they’ve been released and now, knowing that the series is done, it’s hard on the heart indeed. The good news, though, for others if not for me, is that now you can read books 1 to 9 in one fell swoop, no agonising tearing out of one’s hair during those irritating long months of drought. It’s all out there waiting for you and what a treat you have in store.

It hardly needs saying but you would be certifiable to read The Infinity Cage without having read the preceding eight books. Were you to do such a thing you would drown in a foggy bog of unknowingness. It also makes it a very difficult book to review. I don’t want to give anything away about what is to come nor do I want to spoil what’s gone before. But what I do want to say is that The Infinity Cage finishes the series perfectly and satisfyingly. Alex Scarrow mapped out the entire length of the series from the very beginning and it shows. Not only is the series well-structured but it also has all of its loose ends and time travel strings of conundrums, of which there were many, tied off neatly. That is no mean feat. Also, by now we are all attached to the TimeRiders themselves – finishing their story to the satisfaction of their fans cannot be easy, but Alex Scarrow knows exactly what to do. He also has the confidence to have the fates take their course with key characters – some of the main figures do die in TimeRiders. The Infinity Cage might be satisfying, exhilarating and thrilling but it is also tragic and harrowing. TimeRiders is written for youngsters but Alex Scarrow knows exactly how to address them and, as a result, this is a series for all ages.

So, because I can’t go into The Infinity Cage with any kind of detail because you need to wait till you reach it and then you can marvel over its perfectness yourself, here are a few reasons why you should read the entire TimeRiders series.

Our TimeRiders – Liam, Maddy and Sal, three teens ripped out of their own time (for instance, Liam who was serving aboard the Titanic) and given the biggest of all responsibilities. Taken out of time themselves by some sort of future mysterious agency and placed into a ‘bubble’ on the eve of 9/11 in New York City, they must identify and fix changes in time. These three teens are impossible not to care for. I have grown to love them all dearly and I doubt I’ll ever forget them. Helping them, of course, are Becks and Bob, seven foot support units with an artificial intelligence and an increasing ability to care – and joke (not hugely successfully). Later in the series, our three have other helpers who alter the lives of Liam, Maddy and Sal, including another especially irritatingly cheerful robot. Over the years we come to love even him. Maybe.

The mystery – nothing messes with time more than timeslip novels and in TimeRiders we see the full effects of that. From time ripples to full out tidal waves, Liam, Maddy and Sal have to sort it out, even if that means a jungle world ruled by intelligent lizards. The mystery comes from the future, too. What is the agency? Who is Waldstein? Who is Fowler? And why, if the agency wants them to save the future, do they keep sending forces back to kill them? And what are those beings who inhabit Chaos Space, the places in between the past, future and now? Twists and turns – they’re here in abundance.

Darkness and fear – Alex Scarrow pulls no punches. There is violence, death and grief in these pages. Not surprisingly really when you consider that it’s the fate of all humanity that’s at risk. People age before their time while others are lost in the gaps. Time travel itself is a dangerous business. Those who don’t check their destination first might end their days melded to a horse or another person or turned inside out. Disgusting, but you can’t look away. But if you want to find true horror, just beware the glimpses of the future.

History – a love of history shines through these novels. The destinations we travel to are brought to life whether the world of the dinosaurs, the court of King John, the American Civil War, ancient Rome, the Great Fire of London, Victorian London, the Mayan empire or Jerusalem at the time of Christ. And all are linked to our time through clever clues from the past, some of which cannot be deciphered for two or three books into the future, maybe more.

Adventure – whatever the horrors, however heavy the responsibility weighs on the shoulders of our young heroes, nothing’s going to get in the way of a fine adventure. And because of the vagaries of time, this means that characters can spend years as sheriff of Nottingham back in the 11th century or years as a pirate king on the 17th-century high seas. Everything about 2001 New York is wondrous to Liam, the Titanic cabin boy, although that’s nothing compared to going back to the Jurassic or battling Caligula’s armies.

Timeless – I can’t think of another series of books that I’ve enjoyed as much as TimeRiders. I’ve written about them for years. My one consolation in knowing that there will be no more is in going back and re-reading the full set from the beginning. The series will most definitely stand up to a re-reading – it is full of clues, intentionally left for readers to rediscover. TimeRiders entertains but the series also makes readers of all ages think – about the past and future – and marvel and puzzle and love. I adore Liam, Maddy, Sal, Bob and Becks. I reckon I always will.

Other reviews
TimeRiders
TimeRiders 2: Day of the Predator
TimeRiders 3: The Doomsday Code
TimeRiders 4: The Eternal War
TimeRiders 5: Gates of Rome
TimeRiders 6: City of Shadows
TimeRiders 7: The Pirate Kings
TimeRiders 8: The Mayan Prophecy

Ellie Quinn – YA SF novellas
The Legend of Ellie Quin – review and interview with Alex Scarrow

Adult thrillers
October Skies
The Candle Man

Features
Meeting the Scarrows.
My tribute to TimeRiders on My Favourite Books

TimeBomb by Scott K. Andrews

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Pages: 336
Year: 2014, Pb 2015
Buy: Paperback, Kindle, Paperback
Source: Review copy

TimeBomb by Scott K. AndrewsReview
Time isn’t quite what we’re used to at Sweetclover Hall in Cornwall. It pulls people to it, through centuries, leaving them puzzled and afraid and, in the case of our three young heroes, caught in a puzzle that may cost them their lives to solve. Jana is from our future – New York city in 2141. Something made her jump from a skyscraper, knowing that time could be rewritten, but what made her take such a terrifying step? Dora is from our past – Cornwall in 1640. She is a serving girl, newly arrived at Sweetclover Hall. But when she sees the apparition of a distressed burnt woman, Dora reaches out to help her and she is cast into the Hall of the present. Who is this woman and what does she want? Kaz is from our present day, drawn to the Hall for shelter and warmth but soon caught up in the dangerous secrets of its laboratories and cells but needed by Jana and Dora to make leaps between the years. Watching them, supposedly helping them, but really just chasing them, is Lord Sweetclover himself, a man in possession of answers, not to mention a past.

TimeBomb is the first in a series and so don’t expect many answers. You can, however, expect more than enough mysteries, time paradoxes, anachronisms, unidentifiable people from unidentifiable times, lots of menacing armed thugs in black, characters who may be good but are probably bad – all of this and more. Jana, Kaz and Dora don’t have much of a clue what’s going on, not do they know that much about each other, and so we can be assured that we’re as much in the dark as they are. One thing we all learn is not to trust anyone.

The heart of the novel takes place in Dora’s time and place, Sweetclover Hall back in 1640. Now, though, Dora sees it all so differently, having experienced futuristic wonders such as chocolate, electricity and packaged sandwiches. But time has played an evil trick on Dora. Her day or two away was four years to her poor parents and this introduces a genuinely moving and quite tragic element to the novel. Dora’s father in particular is such a memorable figure, brave and loving, dealing with a young daughter who all too quickly has learned the future’s way of ordering her father around.

Dora and the others are on the hunt for the mysterious Quil, a woman who they believe is responsible for the distortion of time and for affecting their own place within it. The clues to her presence are everywhere, not least in the 17th-century kitchen’s fridge. But it’s not long before the townspeople are caught up in the conflict and it is then that Dora shows the stuff she’s made of.

TimeBomb is a rocket of a timeslip adventure, designed to appeal to adults young and old and it most certainly succeeds. Andrews never talks down to his readers and he pulls no punches. Gore and violence are mixed liberally with the thrills and screams and I just did not want to put it down. This novel very much belongs to Dora – and Quil – but I was especially intrigued by Jana who continues to remain enigmatic. I am so keen to find out more about her and I’m sure as time and pages and books pass I’ll want to know more about Kaz, too.

As a huge fan of TimeRiders, Alex Scarrow’s series which draws to an end this year, I have been looking for another quality timeslip series to follow and TimeBomb definitely looks to be that series. Well-written, funny, sad and exciting, with a whole load of mysteries and paradoxes to puzzle over, it will appeal to all ages. Long may it continue.

TimeRiders 8: The Mayan Prophecy by Alex Scarrow

Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 392
Year: 2013
Buy: Paperback, Kindle
Source: Bought copy

TiimeRiders 8: The Mayan Prophecy by Alex ScarrowReview
If I were marooned on a desert planet in a distant star system and only allowed one set of books with which to pass the years, without doubt my choice would be the TimeRiders series by Alex Scarrow. I have raved about this series over the years more than any other and even though it’s targeted at youngsters it has triggered something in my imagination that is worth its weight in books of gold. Teenagers pulled out of their own time and thrown into the mysteries of the past, forced into solving conundrums that may either save or damn the future. We’ve had dinosaurs, Nazis, Romans, medieval knights and pirates and now we have the Mayans. And never is the reader spoken down to. This is brutal stuff. There is violence, disembowelment, death, cruelty, terror and much swashbuckling. They are also pleasingly complicated and intricate. I wish these books had been around when I were a teen. Luckily, though, they are around now and my inner youngster has loved every page.

The Mayan Prophecy is the eighth in a series that will end with the ninth. As a result, we have reached the business end of the series. This book is fed by what has come before, pulling it together, reminding us of clues, and it readies the characters and us for the conclusion. This means that you would be insane to attempt to read it without having thoroughly enjoyed in order the previous seven. Don’t even think about it – instead zap over here and buy the first. You have time to read all eight before the publication of the ninth next year. Please don’t read more of this review either as it is inevitably full of what has happened to the characters over the last months and years. You can find an introduction to the series and Maddy, Liam, Sal, Bob and Becks in my 2011 tribute to it here. From now on, this review assumes that you’ve been devouring the books as they come, usually in little more than a day (and they’re not short either), just like me.

In my opinion, The Mayan Prophecy is the very best of the series so far (I have high expectations for the final ninth, hence the so far). It has an excellent opening. The twists and knots of the series are complicated and Alex Scarrow brilliantly recaps the main clues in the opening chapters, making it all come flooding back. The characters have developed to such a degree that instead of back history we now have delicate relationships and tender observations of the changes that have marked Maddie, Liam and Sal, but also Becks and Bob. It is impossible not to care very deeply for this group of people and their more than robot support units. The stragglers have gathered over the novels too. Rashim is now joined by the return of Adam Lewis, a very poignant reminder from an earlier novel, and Bertie who has a role of his own to play in history. The revelations of the previous novels have caused a crisis for Sal and its course through the novel is harrowing and really quite traumatic to read.

Adventure is a crucial element of TimeRiders and we have it in bucketloads in The Mayan Prophecy. On the trail of clues to deciphering ancient manuscripts, including the Holy Grail, the team venture into the jungles of the Maya – in the war-stricken 1990s and in its superstitious and deeply different 15th-century past. What the team suffers in both periods is shocking and it is not sanitised. This series makes few allowance for young readers (except for a welcome lack of swearing) and there are even fewer in The Mayan Prophecy. The discoveries made in the jungle are staggering as the team come closer to discovering the intent of the mysterious Waldstein and the seemingly inevitable end of the world that is expected to take place in 2070. The prologue, though, as with all the prologues in the series, hangs over the rest of the novel, throwing us completely off course, contributing to the enigma of Waldstein and his plan to save or destroy the world. But which is it?

The twists and hints and clues are as tantalising and pleasing as ever. The drama and thrills kept me reading. I read the novel in a day. I could not go to bed with it unfinished. But the true triumph of The Mayan Prophecy is that Alex Scarrow is a master storyteller. He has created a brilliant premise and filled it with wonderful, complicated and endearing characters and has driven it on with the most exciting of adventures and puzzles. Not only is this the best of the series, it is also the goriest and most violent (I don’t think this is a series for the under tens), and it is marked by intense heartache. In other words, it gives me all that I want and makes me both long for and dread with almost equal measure the publication of the end next year. TimeRiders appeals to and finds the youngster in me. The books do me good to read them and because they are so superbly written I can trust that they will all be excellent and that the conclusion will do justice to this finest of series.

Other reviews of Alex Scarrow novels

TimeRiders
TimeRiders 2: Day of the Predator
TimeRiders 3: The Doomsday Code
TimeRiders 4: The Eternal War
TimeRiders 5: Gates of Rome
TimeRiders 6: City of Shadows
TimeRiders 7: The Pirate Kings

Ellie Quinn – YA SF novellas
The Legend of Ellie Quin – review and interview with Alex Scarrow

Adult thrillers
October Skies
The Candle Man

Features
Meeting the Scarrows.
My tribute to TimeRiders on My Favourite Books

TimeRiders 4: The Eternal War by Alex Scarrow

Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 416
Year: 2011
Buy: Kindle, Paperback
Source: Bought copy

Review
When a series of book is as good as Alex Scarrow’s TimeRiders set of novels, it seems almost irrelevant where the’re placed in a bookshop. No doubt, you’ll find them on the Young Adult or Teenager shelves. I may or may not be a teenager but I am sure of one thing: the TimeRiders novels make perfect reading for anyone, whatever the number of grey hairs on their head, of if they have none at all.

They have everything going for them, whether it’s the fantastic idea behind them, the brave and likeable characters, the incredible situations  in which they find themselves, or the superb writing. Alex Scarrow knows exactly where he’s going with what will be a set of nine novels and that confidence and conviction shines through every page-turning page.

At this stage, I would suggest that you read my overview of Alex Scarrows’ TimeRiders novels over at My Favourite Books. My enthusiasm for them was such that I was kindly invited to say a few words, words that grew and grew in number such was my eagerness to spread the word about these wonderful stories. The kind of story you stay up until midnight on the night of its release so that you can find it on your kindle within an instant of its publication. That’s what I did with The Eternal War, the recent fourth in the series.

So please read the overview and then come back…

Now that you know the background to the series, I’ll focus here on The Eternal War, published last month (July 2011).

This fourth book is slightly different to the preceding three. This time, much of the action is set in 2001, but in a near present that is much changed from how we know it. All because Abraham Lincoln had a drink too many and landed under the wheel of a cart. This being TimeRiders, things aren’t quite that simple – both about Lincoln and about the cart – but the result is that Lincoln finds himself back in 2001 having to survive in a Civil War that has never ended but the cause has long since been forgotten. He’s not on his own. Liam, Sal and Maddy, along with support units Bob and Becks, are with him, each trapped in their own world of danger.

It’s a world of chivalry and brutality on all sides – American, French and British all play their part until Americans finally decide, spurred on by the arrival of these strange visitors,  to try and unite together to get history back on track. But beneath the reason lies prejudice, reminiscent of the original conflict over slavery. But now the perceived threat comes from genetically engineered beings, creatures that have been left to run free long enough to gain a soul. The similarities between these beings and Bob and Becks are blatantly obvious and painful to us but the battling soldiers are too blinkered, too fixed.

One characteristic of the series that I have particularly appreciated is Scarrow’s reluctance to judge. There are faults in everyone and there is good in even those who seek to destroy our heroes. Life is complicated and when time is messed with it becomes even more unfathomable. Also, the future that TimeRiders envisages is by no means utopian – it is no wonder that characters seek to go back and change it. Even more worrying is the increasing darkness surrounding ‘The End’. This was mentioned in the third book and continues here, supplemented by other little clues and recurring characters and symbols.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Eternal War although I feel that with this book in particular the story took second place to the need to give us more context for the characters. It’s less light than the preceding three and is without the travels in time to distant times and places that helped to make the other books so appealing. I can see why this was necessary though as the series continues on its purpose. The undertones of this series are also not to underestimated. The impact of mankind and its decisions on our planet have preoccupied Scarrow’s other novels and he does not shy from presenting similar themes here.

That being said, there is enough action and imminent danger here for even the most peril-demanding reader.

I’ll be interested  – to put it mildly! – to see what happens next to characters that I greatly care for in a series I adore.

Alex runs a great website for TimeRiders and its readers. Take a look here.

Other reviews:
TimeRiders 3: The Doomsday Code
TimeRiders 2: Day of the Predator
Review of TimeRiders 1 to come!