Title: The Time Traveler’s Magic
Author: Anna Applegate
Genre: Urban fantasy
Rating: Four stars
“A stranger thrusts Ember Brighton into another time, where she learns her crumbling life has a greater purpose. Pursuing this new life, however, will leave her loved ones in danger until she realizes who she is and what she’s capable of. If she fails to work quickly enough, her mother’s deadly fate will be sealed.
When the confident and mysterious Rane Andersson shows up at all the right moments to help, Ember can’t help but distrust his motives. Without him, though, she’s left with more questions than answers, and more people trying to kill her than she can fight off alone.
Despite her reservations, she’s forced to put her faith in him. Now Ember’s running out of time to find her way home, save her mother, and fix the balance of time itself.
Will her run-ins with rogue vampires and evil shifters prove to be more than she can overcome? Or can Ember face her destiny head on?”
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This book was a first for me, I don’t read a lot of time travelling books but I’d love to read more of them. The Time Traveler’s Magic is set in various different time periods including the present day, the 1500s and the 1700s, with the promise of a visit to 1862 in book two.
The action and magic in this book was solid, there was always a lot happening and the plot was thoroughly unpredictable. I loved the idea of time travellers being able to magically draw their own symbols to access the past, present or future. All the interesting twists and turns made this one a real page-turner.
What I really missed in this book though was the imagery. What with the protagonist, Ember, journeying to different times, it would have been great to see more of the places she visited. The imagery was quite minimal and I’m the biggest fan of some hardcore imagery, it just helps with immersion that much more.
The characters were awesome, Ember is a very likeable protagonist who has a lot to deal with at the moment, including a recently deceased father, a mother in a coma and several people stalking her at her job. Throw an accidental time-travel into the mix to meet a handsome vampire pirate captain called Rane, who is incidentally very sexy, and you can understand why Ember is a little bit overwhelmed. She deals with all her hurdles very well though and she didn’t come across whiny or dependent.
What got me at the end of this book though was the cliffhanger. I can’t deal with cliffhangers, I need closure! The book ends maybe two chapters too early and it’s drove me mad. Book two has been stacked on top of my precarious, ever-growing TBR pile.
If you’d like to read an entertaining story about a time traveller and her sexy vampire pirate friend, I recommend this one! You can get The Time Traveler’s Magic right here on Amazon.
Thanks for reading!