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Classification: Fantasy

 

In Out of Time, we were introduced to Emma Merrigan, a librarian and a witch, who travels in time in search of the origin of curses, parasitic evil entities that plague people for centuries. Once Emma finds the birthplace of a curse, she has the power to terminate it for good.

 

Behind Time continues where Out of Time stopped: Emma Merrigan’s mother, Eleanor, is trapped in the wasteland and as a result, her real body is in a coma. Emma, along with the mysterious rogue – Blaise Raponde, tries to further explore the wasteland and rescue her mother from the curses. What complicates the matters is that one of the rogues she encounters takes on a body in her close vicinity – the girlfriend of her good friend Matt. Sounds complicated? It definitely is.

 

I really liked the setting introduced in Out of Time and that is why I went back to this series. As before, the story is imaginative and exciting, and the writing is good. However, unlike the previous novel, this book is slow. The first two thirds of the book could’ve been compacted to 50 pages since almost nothing happens, and it just feels like an attempt of filling pages. The rest of the book is not bad, but feels way too rushed, and worse, leaves the reader with too many loose ends. Personally, this made me feel cheated considering the fact most of the book is so slow and uneventful.

 

In summary: Not bad. If you liked the previous book, you will like this one as well. However, it’s not as good – so don’t expect too much. Despite it being an okay book, I can’t say I wasn’t disappointed – I really expected more!

 


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Classification: Fantasy

 

Emma Merrigan is a divorced middle-aged university librarian living a rather dull life. Her life is so unexciting, it is almost impossible for her to envision something else. Perhaps that is why when Emma bumps into Jennifer, an abused teenager, she invites her to her house – and to her life.

 

What Emma doesn’t know is that from some reason, this change causes night terrors – strange nightmares which she hasn’t had since childhood – to return at full force. The reappearance of these brings back old memories, which eventually lead her to open an old box her mother – who mysteriously vanished when Emma was a child – had left her decades before.

 

Thus begins Emma’s descent into a world of witchcraft and occult, a world where curses – malevolent parasitic entities – can plague people for centuries, and can only be stopped by traveling in time to the curse’s origin and eliminating it there. And so, Emma finds herself a time traveling hero, bitter enemy of curses.

 

Out of Time is a very imaginative fantasy novel. The characters and settings are diverse and interesting, and its premise is so unusual that it becomes a page turner – at any given moment, the reader doesn’t really know where the plot is going (always a good thing).

 

Additionally, although this is a time travel story, it is a fantasy novel as well. As such, the perspective is rather different from the ’standard’ time travel tale. In this case, time travel is mainly used as a tool that enables visiting various interesting historical settings.

 

In summary: a very fun fantasy novel, easy read if you’re looking for something light. I particularly liked the fact it is a modern fantasy tale, meaning, it depicts a complete fantasy universe superimposed on our model world (i.e. think Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere). Definitely recommended for fantasy lovers.

 


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