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Footsteps in Time (The After Cilmeri Series) Paperback – March 15, 2011
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The After Cilmeri Series:
Daughter of Time (prequel)
Guardians of Time
Masters of Time
The Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries:
The Lost Brother
The Renegade Merchant
The Unexpected Ally
The Lion of Wales series:
The Oaken Door
Of Men and Dragons
A Long Cloud
Frost Against the Hilt
The Last Pendragon Saga:
The Pendragon's Blade
Song of the Pendragon
The Pendragon's Champions
Rise of the Pendragon
The Pendragon's Challenge
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Top Customer Reviews
Sarah Woodbury has written three novels on a level for young adults called the "After Cilmeri" series. While written "for young adults" the writing is on a level that even the "elderly" (like myself) can enjoy. "Footsteps in Time" is the first in this series. Ms. Woodbury has written other novels with a Welsh theme as well including a series on King Arthur, one of which I have and will get to shortly.
The book opens with two American teenagers who live near Bryn Mawr, Pennsylania, driving through a snowstorm and plowing through a huge snow drift which forces them off the road - and into a group of English horsemen near Cilmeri in 1282 thus saving the life of Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffydd who was treacherously murdered there in our own historical timeline. And the plot thickens....but I don't like to be a spoiler when reviewing novels, so I will leave it to the readers of Ninnau to get a copy and find out themselves.
The beginning of the novel reminds me of the science fiction book "Lest Darkness Fall" by L. Sprague de Camp written in 1939. Like Mr. De Camp the author has a good knowledge of the period (in his case Gothic Rome) she is writing about and not "making it up" as she goes. There can also be a danger in this genre of the "future characters" overwhelming the unsuspecting locals with the marvels of their time. Ms. Woodbury is careful to control this inclination. One of her characters comments, "We all have the same problem. There's a limit to the changes we can make.Read more ›
the story isn't necessarily bad but it feels like it flips between first person and 3rd person or something. I will try to explain what i mean if i can...
Llywelyn finally tells David he is his dad, a fact that David never knew. ok, cool, but then Llywelyn is referred to as 'father' and 'papa' from now on. now you wouldn't think this is jarring but the way it is done is. if it were from the point of view of David or Anna I would understand, but its the sort of none/narrator person speaking. it isn't dialogue and its not from Davids point of view as he is referred to in the same paragraph.
things like "although father had been prepared to defend it, Edward didn't appear to know the location of this ford. David settled in his saddle to wait for the company to reassemble" maybe not the best example... but you get what I mean?
oh man I'm doing a terrible job of explaining myself. I'm not good with writing terminology.
I also found it a forced thing since he only just found out after like 15 years that this person is his father and next thing you know he is referred to as 'father' and 'papa', sorry but you don't get into those affectionate titles that fast, its something earned and grown in time. it also comes across a bit juvenile.
I hope ppl understand what I'm trying to say. I really liked the prequel story and the story isn't bad its just this one thing with the perspective that has made me cringe each time its done and made e abandon it and read something else. pity since I was so into the first one and paid for this one on faith.
Other than that I really enjoyed this book. The history is obviously well done, and the writing is great overall.
I'd recommend it to anybody who likes historical. It even has a bit of romance, but I wouldn't put it in that subgenre.
Because of the Sarah's adherence to history, I did get a bit put out by the subjugation of Anna and Meg to less-than-person status. While totally true in an historical sense, I would have preferred to see the women retain their personhood a bit more, maybe start the woment's liberation movement of the 13th Century.
That's a very minor nitpick, however. The book mainly follows Anna's brother, David (Daffyd) and he steps up to his new role in the 13th C. Welsh world.
Anything more, and I'd have to warn of spoilers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Characters seem real and what one would expect if traveling back in time. Thank you, Author.Look forward to the next book.Published 2 months ago by Sandra Allen
I had a hard time getting into this story, but it got interesting as I kept reading. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading the second one.Published 2 months ago by Sandra C Murray
A great book that has a woman traveling back in time to 13th century Wales. She meets knights, even royalty and ends up falling in love. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cheryl Webb
Surprisingly enough I really liked this series of books. Such a different take on a whole premise, and I like that the author did her historical research.Published 2 months ago by nellwal
What is supposed to be the prequel to this Daughter of Time was if not great, it was entertaining. This one was okay. It seemed to me a little silly without meaning to be. Read morePublished 3 months ago by misaki