A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
Genre – Young Adult Fantasy
Summary – In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.
Initial Thoughts – This is my first Alexandra Bracken novel. (No, I haven’t read TDM yet. I have the series. I’ll be reading them soon.) And I loved every second of it.
Plot – ★★★★★ This book just kept the pages turning. The different settings and times made me look forward to every section of this book. There was never a dull moment.
Characters – ★★★★★ Etta was brave. Nicholas was kind. (And Bracken dealt with the serious issue of racism throughout time! Thank you!) Sofia was a perfect anti-heroine. (Should I hate her? Yes. Do I? Nope.) I just loved all of them.
Story world – ★★★★★ The story world must have been very difficult to create since they were constantly hopping through not only different countries, but different times as well. But Bracken has clearly done her researched, and I loved learning about different places as I read.
Style – ★★★★★ This was just absolutely flawless. I loved how Etta and Nicholas had their distinct voices and references to the parts of their lives.
Closing Thoughts – I absolutely adored this book. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.