Author: J.D. Faulkner
Genre: Fantasy, Time Travel, Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
Gwen Conway never knew there were so many ways to die. Honestly, it was something she would have been happy not knowing.
Maybe, they really are just dreams. Nightmares. But they won’t stop. And dreaming of her death is getting old. Then there’s the sleepwalking. She’d like to pass on that too.
Gwen’s pretty sure the dreams have something to do with her new job. Which of course, is definitely not just a ‘job.’
Don’t get her wrong, working for the Archiver of the Time Streams has its perks. Having the power to travel to any past or future time is fantastic. Plus, there’s Rafe, the ex-gladiator from the future. She’d like to keep him around too. Not that she would tell him that. It’d go straight to his head.
But she’s less than pleased to find herself in the middle of a time travelers’ war. Especially against a crazed half-god who has the power to obliterate the existence of any time or place. And the Guardians, her so called allies? All the help they offer is strict rules and smug superiority. Plus, they seem convinced she’s already lost, that she’s already died.
Gwen is starting to wonder whether she should have read her employment contract more carefully.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
Honestly, this book was a bit of a mixed bag for me.—which is something I don’t often say in 4-star reviews. The premise of the plot, with the archives and the time travelers and an ancient evil locked away in a black mirror, was fascinating and drew my attention to the story. I liked the characters (except the awful janitor who was your typical evil sidekick), and the book contained a lot of beautiful imagery and fantastical settings that kept me engrossed.
However, I wish the book had taken itself a little more seriously. The humor and jovial attitude of the book made it seem a little like a cheesy SyFy channel show. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t what I was looking for. I wanted more tension, more drama, and instead I got a playful, fast-paced romance between two very different characters thrown together by the archives. Was it bad? No… but it wasn’t my thing.
Overall, I thought the book was interesting. The characters, plot, and settings were great—I just wasn’t fond of the execution as a whole. Still, it was an entertaining read, and if you’re looking for a fast-paced, light-hearted romance with a supernatural feel, this book may be the one you’re looking for.