THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.
Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.
As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.
Goodreads rating: ✮✮✮✮ (4.3 stars)
My rating: ✮✮✮✮✮ (5 stars)
Okay, so it took me a while to read this book, because I really didn’t want it to end. I adored Passenger, and I loved Wayfarer just that little bit more. I dived straight into this after finishing Passenger, and I think that helped me to love this series even more, and having some time to think about the story before writing this, I feel like I am able to hopefully do this review justice.
Etta and Michael have grown so much, and having them apart for the majority of the book was heartbreaking, as I feel like they are meant to be. However, having the time to see them both individually, and watch them grow individually, has helped me to appreciate them more.
Etta is independent and I think she is an excellent role model for people of all ages. I especially liked how she highlighted the issues with Julian, who is white, and how he treated Nicholas, who is black, when they travelled to New York. Julian didn’t appear to see the difference in skin colour, but she called him out and made him question his actions, which made him a better man.
As much as I enjoy Nicholas, I found his actions a little weepy, and very woe-is-me, when he thought that Etta had died. Despite this, I found his interactions with Sophia, and them getting along, to be good, and it made me feel better, with him having Sophia by his side through it all. Nicholas is a man, and it was nice seeing him as weepy, and vulnerable, as it is normally the female who is shown as the vulnerable character.
Lesbians. Sophia and Li Min. I squealed when Bracken added in LGBT characters, and I just wished she would have just let them kiss! Stop baiting us and just have them as openly gay, instead of floating around the subject. It has to be my only criticism with the book. JUST LET THEM BE OPENLY GAY
Then the end. There was a lot of travelling to different time periods, and so much history. It was so very good. I felt it went at a good pace, with no stagnation, and I enjoyed the switching between characters. So the end! I almost squealed when Rose, Henry, and Nicholas, were at Etta’s performance, because it filled me with so much joy. The only down side I have with the book was that Alice stayed dead.
I would be so happy if I could forget this series and reread it all over again, because I am sad that the series is over. It was a pleasure going on this roller-coaster, and I hope the next book I start will be just as good as this series.