Author: Heather Albano
Published: September 27th 2011
Hello my fellow Bookworms and page turners,
Today we are looking at a book that has been on my TBR list for quite some time. Timepiece, by Heather Albano, is a steampunk time travel experience, and in my experience these two elements are a little like chalk and cheese at times.
However, to my surprise it was set overtly in a very recognisable version of our own world, beginning on the day of the Battle of Waterloo. In which Wellington calls on the ‘Special Brigade’, a squad of monsters who are barely controlled by their handlers, they sway the day for Wellington and the British, but the cost will only be counted 70 years in the future.
As the story continues to progress it becomes clear that additional fictional elements have been woven throughout this worlds timeline and the novels plot, most notably the afore mentioned monsters which pay homage to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. As I had expected something set in an original world of the authors creation, or at least one following a different timeline from our own history, I was surprised by how invested in the story I was. From the get go I was hooked.
Although for obvious reasons this novel is not historically accurate I would still say that this is a great book for history fans, who aren’t too particular about maintaining 100% accuracy or overthinking the plot. This novel has good solid world building and there is alot here for a Sci-Fi and SFF nut to love.
Oh and before I forget, this is also a love story that slowly builds over the course of the book, but for once its a believable relationship and not a pair of star crossed lovers, or some rushed forced no chemistry romance that has become prolothic in todays modern literature.
All in all this gets a thumbs up from me, its not a bad read and its a good twist on a steampunk timetravel novel.
Until next time, read more books!