Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragic accident has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time. Etta wakes,confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies—the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has mysteries ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have snared her in their web. Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light—threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home... forever.
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YA powerhouse Alexandra Bracken delivers a swashbuckling tale that's perfect for teens and adults. Seventeen-year-old Etta Spencer has no idea she's part of the powerful time-traveling family, the Ironwoods, until she finds herself in the middle of a Revolutionary War naval battle. In a struggle to return to her own time—and escape the dubious plans the Ironwoods have for her—Etta hops from century to century and continent to continent. With a dash of romance and plenty of action, this high-stakes adventure opens with a bang and doesn't slow down.
Historical romance meets time-traveling adventure in this rousing series opener from Bracken (the Darkest Minds books). In the present day, Etta Spencer is a 17-year-old violinist eager to make her New York City debut as a soloist. After her mentor is killed, Ella awakens aboard a ship in 1776, where she discovers that her emotionally distant mother is believed responsible for hiding an astrolabe, a device used in time travel, from Cyrus Ironwood, a man determined to align all travelers to his command. With only her mother's letters and paintings as clues, Etta searches with Nicholas Carter, a freed slave and privateer from the 18th century, charged with returning the astrolabe to Cyrus. Despite differences in time lines and cultures, Etta and Nicholas find their mutual passion makes them easy targets for other travelers, all eager to control time passages. Bracken's saga is sweeping, moving quickly between countries and dates from 1910 Bhutan to Damascus in 1599. Although the couple's romantic doubts turn repetitive, the clever historical allusions, well-crafted subplots, and cliffhanger ending should leave readers awaiting the next volume. Ages 14 up.