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A Thief in Time (Thief in Time Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Ms. Swanson, each of your works that I read proves stronger than the last. As a light-hearted, stand alone novel, this book was a blast. I might advise potential readers to think of it something like 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court,' turned on its head. The characters show a complexity that I was only beginning to recognize your capabilities for by the end of the 'Saving Mars' series.
While the romantic aspect is decidedly "PG," given the Elizabethan nature of the lead male, this seemed appropriate (and certainly makes it teen friendly).
All in all, a fun romp. Thanks for the read!
Like John Green, Cidney's books always follow a formula. Hers include a strong female main character, a fresh science fiction twist on reality, and a romantic subplot featuring an unique love interest.
Main character Halley is well developed, with a strong voice and a variety of character traits and life experiences that make her unique. Her life is difficult, especially her relationship with her mother. Her best friends are distinct characters that stand on their own merits. They come from incredibly different backgrounds from Halley with unique voices and interests of their own.
Edmund, the love interest, stands apart as well. He's driven by responsibility and is determined to fulfill his duties as an earl. His language is unusual for Halley, considering his being from 1598 England. The conversations this "language barrier" leads to are highly entertaining.
Our villain lives up to Cidney's usual high standards. He has strong motivation, convincing internal monologue, and relatable desires. The stakes in this novel are far from contrived for anyone - people's livelihoods and even lives are on the line.
The twists the plot takes are unpredictable and engrossing. The amount of research that went into scientific believability for time travel and historical accuracy for 1598 England is clear. Every character stays true to their motivations and is attempting to do what they believe is best and right. Of course, this gets more complicated as motivations shift and characters' desires clash. At times even the reader is left torn as to what should be done. Just when you think you know where the story's going, Cidney surprises once again.
In short, this work is yet another modern masterpiece from the marvelous Cidney Swanson. Five out of five stars.
I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.