Title: The River of No Return
Author: Bee Ridgway
Genre: Historical, Science Fiction, Romance
Blurb: “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 a 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.
My Thoughts: I loved THE RIVER OF NO RETURN, and I didn’t think I was going to as much as I did because I didn’t realise it was about time travel. I am not big on time travel. I think that I maybe now! Once I started reading, the story grabbed me and I could not put the book down, reading it at every opportunity. THE RIVER OF NO RETURN is a multi-genre story with a wonderful blend of science fiction, history, adventure, intrigue, comedy and romance. The main characters are not impossibly perfect or unbelievable and on the whole all the characters come alive on the pages – they can be difficult, secretive, charming, flawed, obsessed, passionate and at least one or two are downright psycho. The Guild is not the only organisation of time travellers, there is also the Ofan who Guild members will tell you are a rebel organisation out to harm all that the Guild holds dear. The Guild blames the Ofan for the encroaching danger of ‘The Pale’, a phenomenon which is causing time to reverse and wiping out life in the future and heading back our way. Both groups are desperately searching for a Talisman which they believe will stop ’The Pale’ and each believe that they must possess the talisman and stop the other group gaining control. The end is perfectly satisfactory – but is wide open for future books to follow on and continue the story. Although at the time of this review there is no date or title for the sequel author Bee Ridgway is working on it.
Rating: A – Excellent. I could not put it down.
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With thanks to Penguin Books Australia and the author via Netgalley.