- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Series: Time Captives (Book 3)
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1539049132
- ISBN-13: 978-1539049135
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,835,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Crannig Castle (Time Captives) (Volume 3) Paperback – November 7, 2016
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Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment. To learn more about Morgan and her work, visit: www.morganhuneke.com or www.morganhuneke.blogspot.com
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Once again this story goes in many directions. In my opinion it would have been better if the author had stuck with just the five groups and their happenings as that was enough to keep straight in one's head and more interesting. Sadly she wastes time telling us about Theodore back in time and some repeat of Eleanor's story. This was SO frustrating and did not add to the story one bit. What we did not know about the Time Captives pasts by now we didn't need to as we all wanted to read how the battle plans go etc. Thankfully this is not a huge portion of the book and the rest of the book is excellent. All involved know that without God's help there is no hope so they are very aware of how they need to frequently ask for HIS guidance. If you read Espionage before this one, which I highly recommend, you will be delighted to meet up with Vannie again. The group that travels to Briznom arrives there the day of Sir Roland's sentencing. (If you have not read it, the storyline will not be as smooth for you in this area as you will not know what has previously occurred.)
Be prepared for some sadness! A tragic tragedy does occur and the characters have to deal with the consequences. There is also violence in this book due to the nature of the story and the need to fight a battle. This book has a WONDERFUL strong ending. Although I have been a little critical, I do congratulate the author for this series of four books which we as a family thoroughly enjoyed. Here is the order in which you need to read them:
1. Time Captives
2. The Crossways
4. Crannig Castle
I purchased this entire set for my Kindle. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz
The Time Captives is one of the most unique portal fantasies that I've ever read. So much so that I have harped on the author for the "next book" since I read the first one, and she has obligingly sent me beta copies in exchange for my feedback. This book was no exception, and then she also sent me an ARC to review. (Which I then ignored and just preordered the book and read it again as soon as it appeared on my kindle.)
It's hard to believe that this series has come to an end already, and while I'm thrilled to finally know how it ends, there's a large part of my that's in denial that it's over. And I might be plotting a fanfic.
The story begins directly after the events of the previous book, and it's time to do what the Time Captives were sent to Calhortz to do - free the people from the strytes' oppresive rule and instate the true king. Of course, there is the fact that the strytes have a large army and that will be an issue.
The first half of the book deals with gathering allies. Some are easy to convince, but are small in number, such as the elves, merfolk, and kalicans. The events of the companion novel, Espionage, come into play as they seek the aid of the neighboring country of Briznom. Then there are the true people of Briznom - who have been made slaves.
The second half of the book deals with what happens when things go terribly wrong while seeking the aid of the slaves.
There were some intense moments in the previous books, but this final volume took it to a whole new level. Since the Time Captives are all together now, it is no longer necessary for them to be held in place in time, so now they can change, age, be injured, and ... unfortunately ... die. If you're an emotional reader, bring tissues.
There are a LOT of characters in this trilogy, but most of them are well develloped and have their moments to shine. Most of them go through excellent character devellopment. Some will annoy you, others are endearing, a few will break your heart.
The message was excellent, though I think that the worldbuilding surrouding how Christianity fits into the world could and should have been stronger. It wasn't bad, and fine for younger readers, but it was never really explained - you were given the general notion that it's simular to how it is in our world, but it was never explained why. My take is that the people came from our world originally and the customs carried over, but it was never discussed.
However, while the history of the world could have been much better (you learn practically nothing past when the strytes came in and conqured Calhortz), all other aspects of the worldbuilding were much better. Diverse cultures and rich landscapes and geography abound. It's well worth a visit.
If you love Christain Fantasy or Portal fantasy, this is a book you don't want to miss.