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The Branches of Time

The Branches of Time - Luca  Rossi An entire population of an island is wiped out by a stone shower. There are only three survivors: a husband and a wife couple and a priestess of the local temple. The priestess is the last remaining person in charge of sustaining of a containment barrier which prevents a hostile nation from any kind of seafaring, thus she must ensure the barrier holds no matter what. The nation is question on the other hand will do anything in its power and beyond to remove it.

I rarely read books from new authors these days. When I do I hope to discover something new and exciting, but I try to keep my hopes low as there are a lot of mediocre books from the new authors on the market lately. In this case I did not expect anything at all, but was pleasantly surprised. Initially I was curious reading a fantasy book from an Italian author; the good cover increased my curiosity.

The novel held my interest from the beginning to the end. Some of the ideas, like introduction of time travel in the traditional fantasy look refreshing; I do not recall a good use of time travel paradoxes in genre out of the top of my head. Not all of the characters came out equally good, but for the major part they were.

Some warnings are in order. The book ends in a cliffhanger. I actually expected it to be much bigger, but still do not expect the resolution of all of the plot-lines. The king of the rival nation I mentioned is a sex maniac. He has his POV in the novel, so do not expect it to fit into PG rating, but the subject was handled tastefully, thus this is not a porn book. Two surviving women on the island develop feelings for each other; if this bothers you skip the novel.

Considering all the bad and good parts of the book the final rating is 4 stars.

This review is a copy/paste of my BookLikes one: http://gene.booklikes.com/post/1004351/a-fantasy-book-with-time-travel-elements