“You are now a member of the Guild . There is no return.” Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott, soldier and aristocrat, wakes up in a hospital bed in modern London. The Guild, an entity that controls time travel, showers him with life’s advantages. But Nick yearns for home and for one brown-eyed girl, lost now down the centuries. Then the Guild asks him to break its own rule. It needs Nick to go back to 1815 to fight the Guild’s enemies and to find something called the Talisman.
In 1815, Julia Percy mourns the death of her beloved grandfather, an earl who could play with time. On his deathbed he whispers in her ear: “Pretend!” Pretend what? When Nick returns home as if from the dead, older than he should be and battle scarred, Julia begins to suspect that her very life depends upon the secrets Grandfather never told her. Soon enough Julia and Nick are caught up in an adventure that stretches up and down the river of time. As their knowledge of the Guild and their feelings for each other grow, the fate of the future itself is hanging in the balance.
First thing I want to say about this book is what a gorgeous cover it has. It really caught my eye, whilst it is simple, I just loved it.
I have to admit that I don’t normally pick books that have any time travel in them at all as my little brain has trouble with anything that I can’t see how it can happen! For a debut novel, this author has some really beautiful descriptive written words and the book is very cleverly put together. I don;t find myself getting confused as to where or what century I was in (I get confused very easily so I think I am a good measure!!). I did however get a little confused as to what the Guild was and with so many rules and restrictions, I thought that it would make the story difficult to follow or flow. That wasn’t the case.
It was a very enjoyable story and if you like this genre I am certain you will love it. I am certain that this will be a very popular read this summer.
Available via Amazon UK River of No Return