Stephen Baxter's new series is full of page-turning action, intriguing mystery and awe-inspiring scientific speculation. Full of evocative historical detail and characters who jump of the page this is history lived by people whose future is not yet locked as our past.
Navigator is the third of the series, and delves deep into the discovery of America.
The engrossing third Time's Tapestry novel (after Emperor and Conqueror) from Philip K. Dick Award winner Baxter focuses on Christianity's reconquest of Spain from the Moors between A.D. 1070 and 1492. This conflict is reflected in the struggle between the English and Spanish branches of a family, both of which have received mysterious prophecies and coded instructions containing designs for weapons that could give one side power to annihilate the other. The characters' beliefs and passions shape events, but they don't know how much they have been manipulated by competing tempters from the future. By book's end, two forces emerge to debate whether Christopher Columbus will be given ships to sail west or an army to lead east in an apocalyptic war against Islam. Baxter understands how a craving for beauty and knowledge can become ghastly fanaticism, and he's also very good at showing his characters thinking within the limitations of their time.