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.
I wanted to give this a two and a half stars but I’ll be generous, because there were some details I liked, and give this a three.
I will just start by saying that the writing style killed me, and not in a good way.
It was either too short or too long, there were unnecessary descriptions and to me a lot of stuff could’ve been omitted in the novel.
The next aspect are the characters, I didn’t like Etta. Neither strong nor of any use to humanity. Nicholas seemed too jaded and his true character didn’t get reflected. Etta was our main source to know about Nicholas and she wasn’t making very strong arguments about his character either.
Rose was the worst character ever. In the history of mother characters, Cinderella’s step mother was better than Rose.
Details are either passed through with a wave of hand, eg – Etta’s father. Or they are stretched to the point of making your eyes bleed,eg the purpose of the quest.
There was no order in the novel, I was seriously questioning fantasy while reading this. Last bits, I skimmed through.
I would just like to say that when Sarah J Mass writes, you can pick from one end to the other. There aren’t any scenes, there is a flow. Like a montage in your head. Alexandra Bracken, breaks your imagination and makes you feel like your doing bad poetry. Which is not a good feeling.
The two only things I liked, were how Etta did not overreact when the situation wanted it. That was a good anti trope there. Second, the specifics about time travel. Given this is a trilogy I wasn’t expecting her to impart with all her time travel laws but she pretty much made the pitch and concept work for me in the first book.
That’s about all I have to say for this book. Did I like it? No much. Do I recommended it? Only if you’re wanting to read fantasy and are a die hard an of Bracken. Will I read the other books? Definitely not.