Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2011
This stunning finale (for now, anyway) to the River of Time series kept me up late into the night, but I didn't mind. Written in Lisa T. Bergren's winning style and as action-packed as the first two, Torrent holds an honored place on my bookshelf.
Would you sacrifice your future for an uncertain past?
Gabriella and Evangelia Betarrini are just two normal American teenagers. Normal --except for the fact that they time travel to fourteenth-century Italy, where they've lived in castles they've seen as crumbling ruins, become swept up in historic battles, and fallen in love with handsome knights willing to do anything to keep them alive.
They've returned to the present to save their father, just short of his tragic death, and now all four return to the place that holds the girls' hearts, medieval Italy. But remaining there means facing great risk as the battle for territory wages on and the coming Black Plague looms. Will the Betarrinis truly be willing to risk it all? Or in facing death head-on, will they discover life as it was always meant to be lived?
What I Loved:
But to be more specific: I loved all the action and how there was never a good place to set it down. The plot just kept on twistin,' the River kept on rollin,' and I was swept up into the fabulous story.
Perhaps my favorite part of the entire River of Time series was how I seemed to feel everything. When Gabi panicked, my heartbeat raced. When she felt relieved, my shoulders slumped. And at one point in this book, when it seemed like all was lost, I was almost in tears, fearing imminent tragedy.
I refuse to spoil it for you, but the ending is absolutely wonderful. No threads are left loose, yet you get the feeling the story isn't over.
Thankfully, it might not be... :)
Why I Recommend This Book:
As I mentioned before, The River of Time series rocks and is, hands-down, the best series of books I've read this year. The faith element woven throughout the story blends beautifully and the romance is swoon-worthy. A strong heroine, 14th-century Italia, and great gulps of adventure provide an amazing read.
"'I think the trick to living fully,' I said, thinking through each word, 'is to appreciate what we have, day by day, regardless of what we know might come our way...If I live in fear of what might be, how can I truly live my life to the full in the present? And if I do not give myself to the day, to hope, to life, what do I miss?' I raised my eyebrows and shook my head. 'Life itself, I think. At least the way I wanna live it.'"
One word of advice: don't start reading until you have all three and a long weekend. :)
About the Author:
Lisa T. Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 30 books, with more than 1.5 million copies sold. Lisa's time is split between managing home base, writing (including a fair amount of travel writing), consulting and freelance editing (with a little speaking here and there). She's married to Tim, a liturgical sculptor, graphic designer and musician. They have three kids-Olivia (15), Emma (12) and Jack (7). All five of the Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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