The navigation display wavered briefly, and then blinked out. I fought down a rising wave of panic and was about to try again, when the door behind me opened and I fell backwards into the room. A hand covered my mouth, trapping the scream before it escaped my lips. Another hand with a white, folded cloth moved toward my face.
It clicked then. The horrors inside this hotel were not the work of just one insane man. Dr. Henry Holmes must have had an accomplice. And thanks to CHRONOS and this stupid medallion, I had landed right in their path.
Walker knows how to write a riveting story, starting with a scene that immediately pulls you in and compels you to continue reading until you know what will become of poor Kate.
Rysa Walker takes what could be a difficult and confusing progression of crossing timelines and creates scenes that are simultaneously charming, sometimes romantic, and with just the right amount of humor, keeping the reader wanting to sort out the web until it all makes sense.
And I loved how, at one point, Kate just sort of gives up on trying to figure out what verb tense to use when talking of something that is part of a person's past but is technically in the future (or vice versa). The English language really isn't designed for that sort of complications. It made me wonder if the language of the Time Lords has past future tenses or future past tenses. Certainly would make it a bit easier...
And I really liked Kiernan. Don't know why but he was a truly endearing character. The author does a good job with the characterization, which is something I've come to find as a marker of a well written book, along with proper editing and professional formatting, which Time's Twisted Arrow has as well.
All in all, Time's Twisted Arrow is well worth the read and I look forward to seeing what else Rysa Walker can do.
RYSA WALKER grew up on a cattle ranch in the South. Her options for entertainment were talking to cows and reading books. (Occasionally, she would mix things up a bit and read books to cows.) On the rare occasion that she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stop light.
When not writing, she teaches history and government in North Carolina, where she shares an office with her husband, who heroically pays the mortgage each month, and a golden retriever named Lucy. She still doesn't get control of the TV very often, thanks to two sports-obsessed kids.
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