by Jodi Taylor
I thought I was really going to like this one, as some of my friends were really enthusiastic about it. Just shows that people like different things. I did like it at first, but by the time I got to the last 10% I was struggling to push myself to finish it. This book starts out with an easy, chatty writing style that draws in interest as you get to know the main characters. The dynamics between the characters is handled well and becomes significant as the story goes along. All of them are distinctive, and I found Maxwell easily likable.
Some parts of the story had me giggling my head off. Others were unpleasant to the point of being disturbing, but in the way that keeps you turning pages. There were some very serious situations where members of the team were helping to save lives in a historic crises, not knowing if it could affect history but unable to just sit and watch as people died. The time travellers come close to dying a few times themselves!
The idea that History takes care of itself is a concept I've come across in two other time travel novels recently and is illustrated here fairly well too.
A romance slips in awkwardly and I felt the story slowed down a lot near the middle because of it.
What's with writers these days that they think any book should include graphic sex? I'm no prude, but halfway through a book that only had a few PG moments suddenly runs xxx. I don't mean this to be a spoiler, but a public service warning to those who might see this as a great book for their 12-year-old niece after the first few chapters and get a surprise.
I came close to tossing it in the DNF pile at that point. If I want to read porn, there's plenty of it available for free or cheap. I was suddenly glad I had got this one on a free day and discarded any thoughts of getting further books in the series.
There were some good parts in the second half, but it was sort of start and stop. I think a lot more could have been done with more interesting places in history and that's probably what the author has in mind for the rest of the series, but a book that has me struggling to finish at the end doesn't inspire me to continue. Three stars, because the actual writing was good and well-edited.