This was one of the best stories I’ve read in a long time! Super creative, with fantasy, history, romance, and great characterization.
The story follows Kate, whose mother and grandmother Catherine don’t get along. Catherine is dying, and seeks Kate to build a relationship before she passes, requesting that Kate come to live with her part of the time. Kate learns that her grandmother is part of a group known as Chronos: they’re time travelers, and (as in every story with time travel) they’re not supposed to change anything in the past, only to observe and document. But Kate’s grandfather Saul grew power hungry, and decided that the best way for him to obtain power was to use his ability to time travel in order to create his own religion. Each time the timeline shifts with Saul’s actions, Kate feels it as a panic attack–but everyone’s memories going forward, including hers, include the change. Because of her genetic propensity toward Chronos, Kate can travel more freely through time than Catherine can, and it’s up to her to make right what her grandfather disrupted–before both she and her grandmother are wiped out of existence entirely.
I also love the fact that there’s a love triangle that doesn’t make Kate seem wishy-washy at all in this one: there’s a guy she can remember, and a guy she can’t remember, but who remembers her from a different timeline. Brilliantly done–so much so that I’d have been happy if she’d ended up with either one of them!
I didn’t realize this was a series, but since it is, I will definitely be reading on.
My rating: *****
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