Thanks to NetGalley and Angry Robot for the ebook of Time’s Children ( The Islevale Cycle Book 1). I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Published: 2nd October 2018
A time traveler trapped in a violent past must protect the orphaned child of a murdered sovereign and find a way home, in this astonishing epic fantasy novel.
Fifteen year-old Tobias Doljan, a Walker trained to travel through time, is called to serve at the court of Daerjen. The sovereign, Mearlan IV, wants him to Walk back fourteen years, to prevent a devastating war which will destroy all of Islevale. Even though the journey will double Tobias’ age, he agrees. But he arrives to discover Mearlan has already been assassinated, and his court destroyed. The only survivor is the infant princess, Sofya. Still a boy inside his newly adult body, Tobias must find a way to protect the princess from assassins, and build himself a future… in the past.
It’s no secret that I love anything to do with time travel (Doctor Who anyone!) When I saw the synopsis of Time’s Children, I knew that it would be a book that I loved and would just speed read through, and I did.
Right from the opening salvo you are drawn into this world. The different types of magic Walkers, Spanners and Crossers encompass movement through time and space. This enables people with the talent to either walk through time, move through solid matter or cover great distances is a small period of time. While not a new type of magic in the fantasy world, it is used really well in this setting.
Our main character Tobias, is a Walker able to move through time. This is a rarer talent in his time and makes him very popular. At only fifteen he is sent to work at a far court , to do that rulers bidding. This move sets into motion a chain of events that will change the past and the future. The consequences of walking through time means that the amount of time you’ve walked is added to your age. Tobias walks back 14 years which ages him 14 years, making him a boy in a man’s body.
The writing and world building in this novel is fantastic. I loved the way everything is described and the way you don’t get all the information at once. I also really liked how it cut from Tobias in the past to our main supporting character Mara, in the future. This shows us what has changed and makes you wonder just what Tobias has done in the past to change it.
I’m really looking forward to the next in the series, and while it didn’t end on a cliffhanger, there was enough tension that I would have just kept on reading!
I’ve given Time’s Children 4.5 stars.
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