- File Size: 2306 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Raybourne Publishing (October 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LWCZGCH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,722 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Timeless (Maiden Of Time Book 3) Kindle Edition
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All in all, 5 stars for Timeless! Looking forward to reading more from Crystal Collier in the future!
This metamorphosis signals her discovery that she actually descends from a mysterious race called the Passionate. Their compelling beauty and other gifts make them targets of their enemies—the Soulless—whose endless hunger drives their prowl for victims on moonless nights. Alexia falls in love with Kiren, the blue-eyed man from her nightmares, but the cost is the devastating loss of almost everyone and everything she’s ever loved, including the aunt she views as sister.
Book 2 picks up the story as eighteen-year-old Alexia’s wedding is disrupted when the Soulless attack, stealing the only weapon Kiren has been able to wield against them. In the ensuing confrontations, Alexia struggles to make sense of her relationship with Kiren, her feelings of friendship and responsibility for the other Passionate, and her guilt over the loss of Sarah—aunt/sister/best friend.
As I said in my review of Soulless, Crystal Collier’s densely gorgeous prose fits beautifully within her victorian-gothic setting without directly mimicking Jane Eyre or other Brontë heroines. But that venue changes in Timeless, when Alexia moves back in time to a brutally medieval world.
[quote:] Dirty faces twisted about her.
Her own hands were covered in grime, the nails corroded black. What she wouldn’t give for a bath in Father’s estate. But Father’s estate had not been built yet, and it would not be for another several hundred years. The best she could hope for was a warm rain or chilly river. At least to staunch the smell.
One of my concerns about the first book was that we didn’t find out enough about the hero, Kiren. In the second book, his self-doubts and mistakes surface, along with glimpses of what proves to be both his strength and his flaws—the conviction that he is responsible for everyone else, and that he has the right to withhold information when he thinks it will only upset them. Alexia is the one who grows in strength and purpose, forged into a leader and a warrior, all of which serves her well when she travels back in time to prevent the creation of the Soulless. As a character-driven story, this works particularly well when we meet the younger Kiren, and at last discover the missing pieces that shaped the long centuries of his existence.
A truly nice metaphor is the juxtaposition of the developing baby Alexia carries even as she struggles to prevent the birth of their enemies, the Soulless. We see the beginnings of the rich cast of supporting characters we’ve gotten to know in later books, explanations for their strengths and flaws, and how that affects their future selves.
One measure of a work is its villains, and in contrast to the earlier books, in Timeless the monsters are for the most part all too human. The pace is a steadily increasing march to a desperate, hopelessly black moment of truth. As Alexia and Kiren’s epic story moves to its inevitable conclusion—one Alexia accepts she is not destined to survive—they are forced to consider whether the evil that has taken so much over the centuries is, in fact, still a better solution than the one that awaits them.
As I’ve said before: if you like character-driven YA fantasy-thrillers, atmospheric romances, brave heroines who grow into their strength, flawed heroes, and beautifully written prose, you can’t do better than this epic trilogy. But take my advice: do NOT read TIMELESS until you’ve read MOONLESS and SOULLESS. Meanwhile, I’m still lucky. I get to read her upcoming novella about the irresistibly psychotic demonic child Bellezza.
**I received this book from the publisher or author to facilitate an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**
Of course, at the heart of all this is a love story that spans centuries. Things are certainly awkward for the most part, as you know these two belong together, but they both have reasons to keep their distance - Alexia for the reasons mentioned above, Kiren because he believes she is already bonded to someone else - and I really felt the despair of both. This made the ending very uplifting, and it wasn't something that I saw coming.
Having said all that, I had a few quibbles with the book, but they might not matter to anyone else. I sometimes had trouble following what was going on at every moment. That just shows the level of complexity and invention in the story, though. There were a lot of minor characters among the Passionate and some are only mentioned in passing, as if we already know them. It was slightly confusing and I would have appreciated just a bit more detail on these people.
None of this took away from my enjoyment of this book, though. It was definitely the fastest-paced of the series, and the most intense. Collier really made me root for things to work out for the two main characters. I thoroughly recommend this series and I can't wait to see what the author does next!
* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. *
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