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The beautiful artwork on the cover suggests some of the plot's theme to the reader but the binding still leaves room for the novel's mysterious twists. Tall ships and dragons, who could ask for anything more epic? Cover to cover this book plays to my wanderlust and insatiable thirst for adventure.
I found myself happily floating through the waters of time with the characters of The End of Time. Accurate nautical terminology and port descriptions left me dreamily reminiscing on my own travels, while silly Captains and stalwart heroes alike led me on new exploits. I felt as though I were part of the group, on a trip through time to save time, just in time. As I read, I asked questions about what a particular character would do in a current particular situation. The world itself seemed in no hurry to let the heroes quickly complete their quest. Seemingly condemning interruptions, and silly distractions, keep the heroes busily advancing. I was consistently and pleasantly surprised as the plot turned with the pages.
T. S. Creager's meticulously crafted setting was wonderfully augmented by his range of relatable characters. As I read through chapters rich with creatively indulged history and bejeweled by the author's hidden foreshadowing, I began to discover the traits and singularities of the main characters. I truly felt as though I was getting to know a new group of friends, energetically grasping new bits of information about each one, learning their eccentricities and growing to love them.
The reading is accessible, his language is intentioned and refreshing, overall the work is engaging and gushing with adventure. I eagerly await the next volume in this series. For now, my brain will wonder, “What would Gordon do in this situation?” and I'll picture Melvin mucking about, accidentally being helpful all while making me giggle until my sides ache.
But really, The End of Time is a highly entertaining book. I have read through it a few times and bought several copies for friends and family members. One of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much is that it does not get bogged down in "time paradoxes" or the like.
Another strength of this book is the author's sense of humor. In between action scenes, you can find Melvin scuttling around looking for time termites or thieving dinner rolls from unsuspecting guests. The narrative flows smoothly from humorous moments to serious conversations and back again. Quite often I found myself laughing out loud, in public, while reading this book because the author included his humor so well.
T. S. Creager also clearly went to great lengths to craft characters who interact in an authentic and realistic manner. Since it is written in third-person, we get to know the characters the same way we would interact with anyone: dialogue. By watching Dhlara and Jylling interact with each other and the other characters, we get a sense of who they are. I look forward to learning even more about each character in the next novel.
Overall, the best description of this book is truly "a rather silly time travel adventure." If you enjoy silliness and adventure, then this book really is worth reading.
The End of Time by T. S. Creager is a wild and sometimes hilarious romp that swings from the 19th century to the year 3,000, complete with giant squids that lay waste to villages and ships alike and flying dragons burning everything in their paths. Dhlara and Jylling have to deal with a head without a body, Melvin, that is responsible for maintenance in the old man’s time headquarters, but who has delusions of grandeur; Gordon, a dapper man with incredible power and speed; and vicious pirates out for loot.
A fascinating story, with more twists and turns than a Coney Island roller coaster, it makes for interesting reading. The author does a great job of introducing the characters, except for the enigmatic pirate, Captain Edwards, who we later learn is Major Stede Bonnet, and then later someone else entirely. An interesting twist, but unfortunately, the way the author refers to the character until we find out who he/it actually is, is just a bit too confusing, which causes the reader to have to pause and re-read passages to straighten things out.
I received this book free in return for an honest review. This review was revised after the book was re-edited to solve some of the issues other reviewers have mentioned.