- File Size: 4202 KB
- Print Length: 220 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1521987394
- Publisher: Endeavour Press (July 28, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0733N7NXP
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Shape on the Air Kindle Edition
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Drawn into the life of Vivianne Du Lac, history professor, the reader is almost immediately plunged into an intricate web of complications, challenges and unexpected developments that are woven together so that no strand of the story is independent of the others. The narrative is smooth and well-constructed, and Ibbotson's writing is excellent.
The characters are very well crafted, especially given that each fits into more than one story strand. Viv is the most complex and detailed of them all, being the central character, but the others are all given depth through their interactions and responses as the story progresses.
More than simply being enjoyable, this is a thought-provoking and involving read in which the reader becomes completely engrossed.
In the book we are introduced to Viv Du Lac, a university lecturer who appears to be blissfully happy with her life. She has a man she adores, and is living in a place she loves and completely enjoying her job studying and teaching Medieval history and it seems that she has it all. And then, her partner drops a bombshell and her whole life is turned upside down. The trauma of this seems to set in motion a series of very weird experiences for her when she finds herself thrown in and out of time, living the life of Lady Vivianne, living in the Dark Ages and desperately trying to fight off the advances of her so called protector Sir Pelleas. She is alone in this world after the suspicious death of her parents and is betrothed to Sir Pelleas, a man she despises as he has little or no values and is claiming Vivianne and all the lands and people that her parents once ruled over. It seems that only Sir Roland and her young apprentice maid are her only allies to help uncover the mystery of her parents death and the magic that seems to be her destiny. However, she is unaware of Viv Du Lac and her involvement in this mystery from across the ages.
This is a really enjoyable time-slip romance. Julia Ibbotson clearly knows her stuff when it comes to medieval history and the depth of research that was undertaken for this book is evident. There is quite a lot of historical detail to process and there were times when I had to go and look up some words and their meanings / context but being a bit of a history buff I actually didn't mind this. If you like historical accuracy then Julia Ibbotson has left nothing out! I found this period in history quite fascinating and one I hadn't known an awful lot about. It is laid out in this book brilliantly. There were other times however that I felt there was unnecessary detail regarding certain things such as brand names of jeans, coffee machines etc but this didn't in any way detract from my overall enjoyment of the story.
Julia Ibbotson has created fascinating characters and I did have a few light-bulb moments of recognition regarding people and names etc. Sir Pelleas is a character that quite easily makes your skin crawl and Sir Roland of course is definitely swoon-worthy along with the hunky Rev Roland! As well as a modern day mystery that has its foundations back in the Dark Ages, A Shape On The Air is a super read and treasure hunt all rolled into one and I really enjoyed it. With just the right amount of suspense to leave the reader thinking about the connections through time that bind the characters, its a really great book that I'd recommend to those of you who love to disappear through time.
I grew up with stories of Arthur and Lady of the Lake, who is one of my personal favourites, so I was delighted that the heroine was linked to her. The author borrows elements from these myths for the past story but grounds them in a historical setting. There is plenty of rich historical details to delight the histfic reader as well as a growing contemporary romance to keep things interesting. Too often with timeslips, I find that one thread (for me, usually the historical) is more compelling than the other, but with this story, both were equally balanced thanks to the challenges that Viv was facing in her current life.
For those who enjoy a mixture of history and time travel, and especially those who have a love of the Arthurian legends, this book is an enjoyable read.
This is an odd combination of romance, history, adventure, and science fiction - but it works! Readers will have to suspend their disbelief in the sections describing time travel, but once that is accepted, the story is compelling. I read the book in one sitting, only taking breaks to google images of Anglo-Saxon artifacts.
The one criticism I have - and this may be typical of romance novels - is the lack of communication between the two main characters. Would it have been so hard for one to ask the other "Are you married?" The pages of worry and insecurity on the part of Dr. Viv DuLac (protagonist) drove me crazy.