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Time Shards
Time Shards Series – Book I
Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald

Titan Books
6 February 2018/ ISBN 9781785654527

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


One moment everything is normal, the next moment the world explodes and is instantly put back together, only not as it was before. Everywhere and everywhen has been mixed up with most of it missing, so dinosaurs attack Civil War soldiers and a Victorian ship gets rammed by a giant prehistoric shark. A group of survivors band together to try to discover what has happened, including modern Californian Amber, a young Celt from AD9, a Victorian professor and “teddy boy” Simon from 1953.

This one is a lot of fun, hitting the ground running and racing merrily onwards. As a lover of time travel tales, I seem to have been looking for something like this for a long time, a novel that does something different with the genre while still retaining its lively, what-if tone. The authors have wisely realised that a lot of Earth’s history involves prehistoric creatures and settings so there are plenty of these, with odd human survivors navigating a very strange land. To say too much about what happens would spoil the story, which relies on the reader being surprised, but I was impressed by the way some possible clichés that would have become boring get deftly sidestepped. This is the first book in a trilogy so don’t expect a neat ending although some plot strands have been tied up. I was left wanting more, always a good thing and caring about the characters that are all very different but each interesting in their own way. Books written by more than one author don’t always work, but this husband and wife team complement each other excellently for a smooth reading experience. Sure to be one of my favorite books this year, one to dive into and be swept along by.

Reviewed 2017