Book Review: Deluge

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Title: Deluge [River of Time 5]

Author: Lisa T. Bergren

Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Young Adult, Historical, Romance, Fantasy

Rating: 4 (3.5) Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

The Bettarinis and Forellis have found rich fulfillment together in medieval Italia. But after fighting off countless enemies, they now must face the worst foe of all. As the Black Death closes in upon them, threatening everything and everyone they hold dear, Lia and Gabi–and the knights they love–must dig deep within to decide how they might remain safe…and if they need to risk it all in order to truly live as they’re called.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

It’s hard to qualify my feelings about Deluge by Lisa T. Bergren. Like its predecessors, the narrative was clean, easy to follow, and well written. There weren’t any noticeable editing problems, and the characters stayed true to previous characterizations. Also, just as with the previous novels in the series, the plot was filled with tension-filled battles, romantic moments, and tragedy.

The first half of the book passed by in a blur as I was sucked in to the chaotic world of Gabriella and Evangelia Bettarini’s adventures in the 1300’s. After the two novellas of Bourne & Tributary that made up book 4 of the series, I was glad to get back to a longer novel-length story, and Deluge didn’t disappoint. I wasn’t thrilled with the continuing of the POV switches between Lia and Gabi, but I grew used to the switching POV’s (even if I still hold that Lia and Gabi’s inner voices are extremely similar).

Unfortunately, the second half of the book was a bit harder for me to enjoy. There is a lot of tragedy and death in this book—far more than with the previous books in the series, and I’ll admit, it made it a little less enjoyable for me.  As interested as I was in the events taking place… as much as I wanted to know what would become of the Bettarinis and Forellis… by the time I hit the end of the book, I was ready for it to end. With the exception of the short epilogue (that frankly, felt needless to me) the ending of this story was not a happy one. It left me feeling somewhat depressed, and that made the novel hard to enjoy as a whole.  Don’t get me wrong – the book was good… but I don’t know that I can say that I enjoyed it. I really wish the story had picked up more in the end, and that it hadn’t been left hanging in the darkest of times for Lia and Gabi.

Overall, I’m glad I read it. It felt like a pretty solid ending to the River of Time series… but I don’t think it was the ending I was looking for to this wonderfully imaginative and thrilling series. The last quarter of the book sucked all the enjoyment out of it for me. Would I read it again? Maybe. There were some really great moments for Lia in particular that I’m glad I got to see. Would I recommend it? Sure. If you’ve been keeping up with the series, this is a solid end, and you’ll probably be glad you read it. I’m sure there are a vast amount of readers out there that will love this book far more than I did… it’s just that the weight of the tragedy held within the ending was a little much for me to slog through. What can I say? I prefer happy endings, and this wasn’t much of one. I still highly recommend the series, and I think the first three books in particular are remarkably well done. I’ve given this 4 stars because despite my feelings about the ending, the book was well done. I think given a day or two to get out of the depressed funk this book left me in, I’d probably give it a pretty solid 4, no question.