NOTE: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.
This fantasy/dystopian/metaphysical novel follows the adventures of the "Eye of Time Exploration Team", which is sent via time-travel, on a mission to discover the Secret of Un-Old-Age and thus rescue their prematurely aging citizens and save their civilization.
This book was not for me. I wasn't particularly fond of the writing style, which seemed remote and provided more expositions and descriptions than showing the reading what was going on. I can't say I was particularly fond of any of the characters either. The "Eye of Time Exploration Team" memberes were a particularly obnoxious, obtuse, self-centred lot. This team of 10 people somehow never completely interact with each other. The team ends up in Acronos, which (to me) came across as an immitation version of Alice's Wonderland. All the poetry/lyrics did not appeal to me either. The ending was also a bit disappointing - you never know how the mission ended or what happened to the team members. However, the concept of the "Seven Harmonies" and how they effected (pr failed to affect) the team was interesting. The "Seven Harmonies" may be of use to those interested in metaphysics and self-improvement.
In short, the concept was interesting, but the execution was lacking.
The diversity of possible comments on this book reflects ironically the Everett paradigm of quantum ontology. There are as many views of reality as there are observers. Thankfully in all instances, given the depth of some of the possible interpretations, the interaction of the observer state wave and that of the rest of the universe is extremely asymmetrical - the universe has a great effect on the observer but the latter's effect on the universe is mercifully, infinitesimally small. There is no doubt that the philosophical implications of the developments in modern scientific thinking are in lagging mode. This is because of the extreme complexities of the formalisms created to describe the reality as seen by human observers with a certain evolved sense of perception. The modern philosopher has to tread wearily through the theory before emerging tired and almost at wit's end to be in a position to even expound a valid opinion, least of all an emerging new philosophy, on the ontological basis of the quantum world. This is the first time I’ve read a book on Quantum Mechanics wherein three of the major outlier physicists appear: David Bohm, Hugh Everett III, and John Stewart Bell.
If you're into the Measurement Problem in Quantum Mechanics, read on.
I was so excited to jump back into this epic fantasy world Laurel created, and this sequel did not disappoint. Where Heir of Thunder was a full-blown high adrenaline adventure, Quest of Thunder was a little less of an adrenaline rush, but full to the brim with the same magic and a heavy focus on character development. We got to see the main characters we know and love grow and flourish in many ways, and we met some new additions that I am absolutely over the moon for!
One of the best parts about these stories is how immersive they are. You feel like you are a part of Evie's grand adventure every step of the way, from flying ships to traveling circuses. Nothing is as it first appears, prepare yourself for layers of magical surprises! I honestly fell completely in love with the circus and all its many layers. I won't ruin any of the surprises here but I will say there was a definite steampunk theme that got added to the mix in the most amazing way! These books are fast paced fantasy fun and I highly recommend checking them out. I am anxiously awaiting the next book!
This is book #2, in the Snow-Crossed Lovers series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this great series in order.
Adam has been avoiding people and places since his injury. He has been avoiding his girl, and his best friend too. The adjustment to not being able to compete is nearly killing him. How do you explain that to those who love you?
Piper has her life mapped out. Only problem is she wants Adam in it. No other man has made her feel more alive. The future is within reach now that Adam is home.
This story was so beautiful and sexy! I love these characters and have been rooting for them since the first book in this amazing series. The fire that burns with both of them in the room nearly burns everyone around. I love how the author handled the sensitive subject of the brain injury. I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!
***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.