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Seven hundred years earlier, Niall Campbell, who looks exactly like Shawn, prepares for war with England. He’s promised to Allene, the Laird’s daughter, and is as loyal as they come.
When the unthinkable happens, and they switch places in time, both men are confronted with a new reality. Will it change them? Will Shawn’s selfishness ruin Niall’s chances with Allene? Will Niall’s faith and integrity spoil everything for Shawn when he returns to Amy?
Laura Vosika gives the reader an entirely new perspective of the times we live in through Niall’s eyes, and brings 1300’s Scotland to vibrant, colorful life. Traditional Scottish music permeates both worlds. Shawn’s trombone and Niall’s harp weave history together in rousing, lovely melodies.
The author’s ability to seamlessly move from Shawn’s adventures to Niall’s is, in itself, like listening to two movements woven throughout one musical composition. Caught in unimaginably difficult circumstances, Niall actively pursues returning to his own time to change the course of history. Shawn’s acting skills help him survive as he comes to grip with the truth about himself. Do they manage to switch places again?
This is a well-written, well-researched story with a surprise ending that left me eager for the next book in the Blue Bells trilogy.
Niall Campbell...loyal and courageous. Sometimes headstrong and overly confident. A gentle man and a Highland Warrior. He's next in line to be Laird of Glenmirril. And he's living in the year 1314.
This story was such an original, adventurous delight. In a nutshell, self centered, arrogant Shawn Kleiner travels back approximately 700 years in time. Niall Campbell travels to the twenty-first century future at the same moment. These two characters are identical in appearance, but their persona's are as opposite as night and day. This is a story of each man trapped in the wrong era and their struggles to accept, adapt and deal with the horrifying nightmare which ensues, while trying to get back to their own time. Shawn struggles to survive - - Niall struggles to change history (The Battle of the Pools/Bannockburn) while coping with the shame and embarrassment of being mistaken as the scoundrel, Shawn.
What both of these characters deal with, and at first assume (in way of explanation of their predicament) is sometimes hilarious, even though frightening to imagine. Shawn at first assumes he's landed in the middle of an authentic re-enactment of living history before he begins to doubt and fear. Niall thinks he's captured by the English in an elaborate, confusing "ruse" to gain secrets and information from him, before he beings to doubt that theory. He of course cannot fathom where he is or whom he is suddenly living among. He begins to realize the English do not have wonders such as he was seeing.
I found this story magnificent in how this Author weaves authentic history within her fictitious characters and plot. There are several deep, profound tacit messages within these chapters that I found very sobering. The story is so very well developed with no loose threads. A solid effort with close attention to each detail. There was nothing flimsy or disjointed about this plot. A delightful adventure, and I anxiously close my review in order to move on to the next story of this amazing Trilogy...The Minstrel Boy (The Blue Bells Chronicles) Cheers!
The pace picks up quickly and switches back and forth rapidly between Shawn, a spoiled charismatic musician and lady's man, and Niall, a God-fearing, honorable Scot betrothed to the Laird's daughter. There is much more to the story than this, however. Shawn tries to find his way back to his own life while enduring hardships and dangers in the year 1314 he has never known or imagined. Niall, while also wanting to return home, uses his time in the present day to research his Scottish history in an effort to save his people from the English if he is able to find his way back to them in time.
This is the first book of a trilogy and I found it every bit as exciting as The Hunger Games. I plan to continue with The Minstrel Boy and lastly, The Castle of Dromore.
I'm glad the story doesn't end here, because Shawn needs a heck of a lot more work at redemption. The worse they are, the more they have to suffer to prevail in the end. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.
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I love this genre but the plot of this novel was juvenile and absurd. I will not be reading the rest of the trilogy for sure.