Review & Giveaway: The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich

Review & Giveaway: The Time Roads by Beth BernobichThe Time Roads by Beth Bernobich
Published by Tor Forge on October 14th 2014
ISBN: 9780765331250
Genres: Steampunk
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

Éire is one of the most powerful empires in the world. The Anglian Dependencies are a dusty backwater filled with resentful colonial subjects, Europe is a disjointed mess, and many look to Éire for stability and peace. In a series of braided stories, Beth Bernobich has created a tale about the brilliant Éireann scientists who have already bent the laws of nature for Man's benefit. And who now are striving to conquer the nature of time.

The Golden Octopus: Áine Lasairíona Devereaux, the young Queen of Éire, balances Court politics while pursing the Crown's goals of furthering scientific discovery. When those discoveries lead to the death and madness of those she loves, Áine must choose between her heart and her duty to her kingdom.

A Flight of Numbers Fantastique Strange: Síomón Madóc is desperately trying to discover who is killing the brightest of Éire's mathematicians. The key to saving lives lies in the future...and Síomón must figure out a way to get there.

Ars Memoriae: Éireann spymaster Aidrean Ó Deághaidh goes to the kingdom of Montenegro to investigate rumors of great unrest. But Ó Deághaidh is tormented by visions of a different timeline and suspects that someone in his own government is playing a double game….

The Time Roads: Éire stands on the brink of the modern age, but old troubles still plague the kingdom. An encounter with a mysterious stranger near death holds the clue to both the past and the future of the nation.

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Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


drey’s thoughts:

Beth Bernobich’s The Time Roads is a story about a Queen concerned for the welfare of her people, and scientists playing at manipulating time. And for a while, I wondered what the one had to do with the other. I mean, I knew the two were intertwined, otherwise why go into so much detail on the time travel experiments and details?

But I digress. I quite enjoyed the characters we’re introduced to in The Time Roads, from Áine, the young Queen, to her spymaster Aidrean Ó Deághaidh, to the mathematical geniuses Síomón and Gwen Madóc. Their stories are engaging and entertaining. I just wish the overall story wasn’t quite so convoluted, it took me a while to figure out how all of the stories were related to one another – and the extra complication of multiple and differing timelines didn’t help there.

At the end of the day, The Time Roads was an entertaining story, and one I might pick up again just to see if a re-read clears things up a bit more for me.

drey’s rating: Pick it up!

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About Beth Bernobich

Beth Bernobich is the author of dozens of short stories and five SF/F novels, including the fantasy series River of Souls series, the YA fantasy Fox & Phoenix, and the alternate history novel, The Time Roads. Her first novel, Passion Play, won the 2010 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Epic Fantasy and was long-listed for the James Tiptree award. Her short story collection, A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories, was a finalist for Best Indie Fantasy/Paranormal, 2011 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award.

Beth has an undergraduate degree in German, including a year abroad at Heidelberg Universität. In addition to her fiction, she has a thirty-plus year career in software development, with projects ranging from applied cryptography to custom web applications. She currently lives in Connecticut with her family and two idiosyncratic cats.


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