In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever
I always asked some of my bookstagram friends for any book recommendation or I would ask them what they are currently reading during our chats. Some, or most them rather, said that I should check this book out. I didn’t even know about Alexandra Bracken and never heard of her other books until now, to be honest. I got curious so I read some of the reviews, avoiding the spoilers of course and I got interested. When I went to the bookstores to buy a copy, it was completely sold out and it has been like what, I think two weeks since its release so I was disappointed. I tried finding another book to satisfy my book craving. Lol. I was actually in the business section because I was looking for a particular book that time as well when I got a glimpse of a familiar blue cover hidden behind some business journals. I can’t help it but I actually laugh out loud because I know someone tried to hide it and maybe get back to it in the next couple of days, yes I do that sometimes too. I feel sorry for her/him because I didn’t even bother putting it back in its hiding place.
Now, let’s get to the characters and the story.
Time-travel + historical fiction + adventure + of course a love story, totally worth the read. I said on my Instagram post that maybe the pacing of the story was a set-back but I just realized that it just added to the element of embracing the current era the characters are in the moment. There’s Nicholas, good looking young captain that he is but very reserved in his actions. And then there’s Etta, very feisty and loves playing the violin more than anything. Julian, Rose, Cyrus, Alice, Chase, Captain Hall, these are just some of the supporting characters in the story but there’s one person that I want to specially mention, Sophia. I love her as much as I hate her. Lol. She’s very feisty, charming when she wanted to and I love how she and Nicholas or Etta banter or exchange some snarky comments with each other. I mean she’s quite a villain here but once you know her story, you can’t just help but feel sorry for her. I could almost see Isabelle Lightwood in her (
maybe a little). I’m excited on how her character will evolve and I know we’ll definitely love her in the end.
This book’s got some interesting story I tell you. Etta and Nicholas are Passengers, they can travel through time. Here, they brought you back to different eras, travelling to various places like London, Paris and even Cambodia and Damascus, being able to experience historical events of the last five centuries first hand in search for the Astrolabe, a family heirloom of a family legacy Etta has never even heard of until now. Following clues that will lead them to the right passages, it feels like I’m reading Percy Jackson series once again. Locations are more or less where significant historical events occur so them looking for the Astrolabe feels like Robert Langdon searching for the Holy Grail to me. And these are good things for me because I enjoyed reading the story more. This book might not have focused on Etta and Nicholas’ love story just yet but I promise you it’s there and it’s too cute because they are born on different centuries and you can just imagine the culture difference that has vastly changed through time.
Etta being gone due to time correcting itself for some reasons and Sophia’s betrayal for some selfish reasons, it’s a promising book. And please please, I am silently praying for a Julian-Sophia-Nicholas reunion so make it happen, Alex. Make it happen. 😀 Will Nicholas and Etta be able to get back home and have their happily ever after considering this very unusual circumstances they’re thrown into? And where or when is home for both of them? If you haven’t read the book, well, I totally recommend this one to you and if you have, I would love to hear your thoughts.