Author: Alexandra Bracken
Genre: Science Fiction
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, his passenger, can find. In order to protect her, Nick 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.
So I saw this book in the Young Adult section in Barnes and Nobles. The description was very interesting. You know how much I enjoy time travel novels.
This series is about people who are born with the ability to travel through time. It is not clear who the progenitor giving them this ability is, but this gift runs through families. Etta has been kept from this life by her mother for a reason, but is thrust into the center stage without explanation or training. It seems that each of these families has a “heirloom” for better word, and one man wants it in order to save a lost love. See these passages through time only go to certain years and there are many rules about where/when travelers can go. This man, the head of the Ironwood clan, hid his first wife in a time where no passages connected in order to protect her as the traveler families constantly war with one another. Well someone planned well and was able to kill the woman and there was nothing that Ironwood could do to rescue his wife. However, the heirloom of Etta’s family can change that.
This is a grand adventure novel, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the novel. Things ended at a really shocking point. I do like the fact that one of the main characters is a young man of color. Right now, it is shaping up that he’s going going to be the lead character in at least the next book.