The Map Across Time, Gates of Heaven series, C.S. Lakin, Living Ink Books, Fantasy, 2011, 440 pages (uncorrected review copy)
Synopsis: The kingdom of Sherbourne is plagued by an ancient curse which must be halted before devastation results. The King's twin teenagers, Adin and Aletha, use a magical map to go back in time to discover the origin of the curse and its cure, but everything goes awry. Can Adin manipulate events in the stream of time to assure the salvation of his kingdom?
My thoughts: I wasn’t prepared for this book in any way. It caught me totally off guard, because of the plot’s complexity and beauty.
Cons: The first page or so had almost made me yawn, and needed more action. Don’t judge this book by the first page or so. The next few pages got more interesting, and from that point on, the story escalated with each chapter. Unlike the previous volume, the talking animal theme was less prevalent, to my disappointment. This qualm of mine wasn’t too important though.
Pros: I can’t say much about the storyline, other than it was fantastic, unpredictable, and unforgettable! There were so many hidden twists, I was impressed! Although not being an emotional guy, I was really stirred up by the end. Alethia’s devotion to her brother Adin, and his to her, were admirable, and were mostly what stirred me. Reading the last line, I though, “Where’s more!!!” Well done, Mrs. Lakin!! This easily ranks among my top favorites!
My rating: 5 stars!
I received this uncorrected review copy free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
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