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The Black Tempest (The Time Shift Trilogy) Paperback – April 25, 2017
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About the Author
Ryan Dalton is a freelance writer and a writer for the board game Exile Sun. He is the author of The Year of Lightning. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
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The action in The Black Tempest is non-stop. So much so that before I was even 40% in I ordered print editions of both books in the Time Shift Trilogy for my son. (The middle child doesn’t love eBooks ;( what’s wrong with that kid?) Between the action, that was sometimes too fast for my old brain, the solid friendships, and the age-old fight of good and evil this book is sure to please!
All in all, I recommend The Black Tempest to all, but especially to high-school boys and reluctant readers.
This novel offered me key elements that I love in a good story. There was a bit of wonder inspired by the fantastic. There were healthy doses of superhuman abilities and high technologies amplifying the adventure and the action. The plot left my mundane world and gave me a little bit of the intoxicating other-worldliness that I crave. At the same time the characters were grounded in real world personal problems, the frustration of unfulfilled relationships, and human quirks. So we went "there" to adventure land, but we we stayed human and believable. It was a great mix of elements, especially for a story that blends the fantastic with typical human flaws, an often difficult to achieve balance.
Read and enjoy.
The story continues to run at a fast pace, with some slightly new - and welcome - settings. A couple of new characters are introduced that help broaden the story into a more epic tale. I appreciated that we get a further glimpse into Mal & Val's family life and hope we get some more details in the conclusion of the trilogy.
The Black Tempest is a great read that expects its readers to keep up and doesn't disappoint on the action front. Dalton continues to explore coming-of-age territory with his unique blend of the fantastical, science fiction, and heart.
Now, normally I would like the expansion of the canon universe, but in this case every addition of an element to the canon felt like it was there only to solve plot problems. Let me start with the whole concept of Chronauri - while it seems like the Year of Lightning is now setting up the origin story for the twins and their powers, there are a lot of things that don't fit right in with the theme of the book. It was about time travel, the ability to go back and forth in time, and yet a key element - time paradox - was used only once in the plot. I really tried to keep up with every new information and bit of confusing canon being constructed on the fly, but honestly, after the mid-way mark I stopped trying to make sense of it. This book took me 5 long days to finish, and that was not because of any lack of time (pun intended); rather, I kept getting distracted and was wishing for it to be over the whole time.
The whole mystery of the identity of the Black Tempest and the Frost Hammer was overdone, too. I could guess the Black Tempest because duh, it was obvious, and I have read too many mystery novels to not suss that out (and it was a good arc), but the Frost Hammer was more frustrating. Partly because there is a red herring thrown in, but mostly because when it was revealed, it was done so without any indication whatsoever in the story previously. It was a shocker precisely because that character was literally on the sidelines, and had shown no relevance to the plot. Also, it seemed to raise questions on that person's existence for all this time in Emmett's Bluff. And then there is an addition of another kind of manipulator at which point I was like so done with the messy world-building.
What makes me truly sad that this was nowhere close to the continuity of the original. For a plot filled with action, the pace dragged on tortuously. There were no real stakes because Malcolm and Valentine always were just instinctively growing into their powers and dropping miracles like Beyonce's new album. Over on the science part, Clive and John were crafting up new tech like nobody's business - which raised the question of how? I get that those goggles were helpful but it takes months to understand and develop machines? Not days, especially when it comes from a technologically advanced time? Are you telling me all the parts in those tech were available in Emmett's Bluff just like that? It was like a sequel had to be written and this was thrown in just to further their story. Even at the end of this book, in Marvel Cinematic Universe fashion, there is an after-epilogue-ish scene that is supposedly setting up the plot for the next book.
Basically, I was disappointed in this sequel and rushed through pages to finish it. Never have I resented a book's length more than when it was for this. For all the magic, action and wonder in this plot, it still fell short for me.